I'll Be on My Way

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"I'll Be on My Way"
Single by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas
A-side"Do You Want to Know a Secret (UK) From A Window (US)"
Released26 April 1963
LabelParlophone (UK)
Imperial (US)
Producer(s)George Martin
"I'll Be on My Way"
Song by the Beatles
from the album Live at the BBC
Released30 November 1994
Recorded4 April 1963
LabelApple Records
Producer(s)Bryant Marriott, George Martin (Executive Producer)

"I'll Be on My Way" is a song attributed to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which was first released on 26 April 1963 by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas as the b-side of their single "Do You Want to Know a Secret", a song also attributed to Lennon–McCartney. The single reached number two in the UK charts while "From Me to You" by the Beatles was occupying the number 1 position. According to Lennon, the song was written by McCartney: "This was early Paul."[1] However, there is good evidence that Lennon also contributed to the song. Compton attributes it to "McCartney–Lennon."[2] The Beatles recorded a version of the song, first released in 1994 on the Live at the BBC compilation.


In 1980 Lennon said "that's Paul on the voids [joys] of driving through the country."[3]

"I'll Be on My Way" is considered to be the first song that Lennon and McCartney "gave away,"[4] and the Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas' version of the song is included on the EMI album The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away.[5]

In 1963, the Beatles and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas were both acts managed by Brian Epstein, with George Martin as their producer.

The song may have been influenced by the musical and lyrical style of Buddy Holly. The persona forces a happy-go-lucky view on his break-up to make himself feel better, similar in character to Holly's 1959 song "It Doesn't Matter Anymore."

The song was recorded at BBC Paris Theatre, London.


This song was recorded by the Beatles on 4 April 1963 at the BBC Paris Theatre, London, and broadcast on the BBC radio show Side by Side on 24 June 1963. This is the only known recording of "I'll Be on My Way" by the Beatles; it features joint lead vocals by McCartney and Lennon, and can be heard on the Beatles' album Live at the BBC, where it is the only previously unreleased original song.[6]



  • Cadogan, Patrick (2008). The Revolutionary Artist: John Lennon's Radical Years. Lulu. ISBN 978-1-4357-1863-0.
  • Calkin, Graham (2002a). "Collaborations: Do You Want to Know a Secret". JPGR. Retrieved 29 October 2006.
  • Calkin, Graham (2002b). "Collaborations: The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away". JPGR. Retrieved 29 October 2006.
  • Compton, Todd (2017). Who Wrote the Beatle Songs? A History of Lennon-McCartney. Pahreah Press. ISBN 978-0-9988997-0-1.