Hold Me Tight

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"Hold Me Tight"
Hold me tight.jpg
Cover of the song's sheet music
Song by the Beatles
from the album With the Beatles
Released22 November 1963
Recorded11–12 September 1963
EMI Studios, London
GenreRock and roll
Producer(s)George Martin

"Hold Me Tight" is a rock and roll song by English rock group the Beatles from their 1963 album With the Beatles. It was first recorded during the Please Please Me album session, but not selected for inclusion[1] and re-recorded for their second album.


"Hold Me Tight" was composed principally by Paul McCartney in 1961, and was part of the Beatles' stage act until 1963.[2][3] They attempted to record it for their début Please Please Me but the 13 takes recorded were deemed unsatisfactory, and the tape was destroyed. Seven months later, they recorded a further nine takes, and the final version is an edit of the sixth and ninth takes from the second attempt, varispeeded up a semitone to F major.

Both McCartney and John Lennon, at one time or another, shared their low opinion of the song. In a 1980s interview with Mark Lewisohn, McCartney says, "I can't remember much about that one. Certain songs were just 'work' songs, you haven't got much memory of them. That's one of them."[4] In Barry Miles' Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, the songwriter calls it "a failed attempt at a single which then became an acceptable album filler."[5] Lennon in 1980 said "That was Paul's....It was a pretty poor song and I was never really interested in it."[6]

In their book The Beatles: An Illustrated Record, Roy Carr and Tony Tyler call it the album's poorest track, saying it "fails because McCartney's vision of the complete tune obviously sagged somewhat."[7] They also claim that McCartney's singing was "out of tune".

However, Ian MacDonald redeems it in his book Revolution in the Head, in which he writes: "Play it loud with the bass boosted, and you have an overwhelming motoric rocker strongly redolent of the band's live sound."[8]

McCartney wrote a different song called "Hold Me Tight" for a medley included on the 1973 Wings album Red Rose Speedway.


Personnel per MacDonald[3]

Cover versions[edit]

At least four cover versions of this song have been recorded. The Treasures, a Phil Spector-produced vocal group, recorded the song in 1963, as a single (Shirley 500) released on Spector's Philles Records.[9] British band Stackridge included a cover version on their 1976 album, Mr. Mick. Another cover version was featured near the beginning of the 2007 Beatles-themed film, Across the Universe with vocals by Evan Rachel Wood; an American independent band, The Northern Crowns, recorded a version on their EP. Les Baronets, a Yé-yé band who was known for performing French versions of songs from the band, scored their biggest hit with a French version of this song called C'est fou mais c'est tout. The band featured René Angélil, who later became Celine Dion's manager and husband.


  1. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 24.
  2. ^ Harry 2000, pp. 524–525.
  3. ^ a b MacDonald 2005, p. 71.
  4. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 10.
  5. ^ Miles 1997, p. 83.
  6. ^ Sheff 1980, p. 171.
  7. ^ Carr & Tyler 1975, p. 24.
  8. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 72.
  9. ^ Rovang.


  • Carr, Roy; Tyler, Tony (1975). The Beatles: An Illustrated Record. New York: Harmony Books. ISBN 0-517-52045-1.
  • Harry, Bill (2000). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Revised and Updated. London: Virgin Publishing. ISBN 0-7535-0481-2.
  • Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. ISBN 0-517-57066-1.
  • MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). ISBN 1-84413-828-3.
  • Miles, Barry (1997). Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-5249-6.
  • Rovang, Martin. "In and Out of the Shadows". Archived from the original on 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  • Sheff, David (2000). All We Are Saying. St Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-25464-4.

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