I've Got a Feeling

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"I've Got a Feeling"
Song by the Beatles
from the album Let It Be
Released8 May 1970
Recorded30 January 1969 (rooftop concert)
LabelApple, EMI
Producer(s)Phil Spector

"I've Got a Feeling" is a song by the Beatles, from the 1970 album Let It Be, recorded at the Beatles' rooftop concert on 30 January 1969.[3] It is a combination of two unfinished songs: Paul McCartney's "I've Got a Feeling", and John Lennon's "Everybody Had a Hard Year". The song features Billy Preston on electric piano.

A studio take of the song, recorded about a week earlier, was released on the Anthology 3 compilation in 1996.[4] The 2003 remix album Let It Be... Naked includes a version of the song that is a composite edit of the rooftop concert take used on Let It Be and a second attempt at the song from the same concert.[5]


Lennon's song was a litany where every line started with the word "everybody". The song had been recorded twice before by Lennon, prior to the Let It Be sessions. The first occurred in early December 1968 at Lennon's Kenwood estate on a portable cassette tape.[6] For this, the lyric was "Everyone had a hard year" instead of the later "Everybody".[6] Later in December 1968, with the lyric changed to "everybody," Lennon was filmed performing the song in the back garden of Kenwood. This footage was used in the Yoko Ono art film Rape: Film No. 6, which was broadcast on Austrian National Television on 31 March 1969.[7]

While McCartney's song was very optimistic, Lennon had actually endured a "hard year"—he divorced his first wife, Cynthia Lennon; his girlfriend Yoko Ono had a miscarriage; he was battling a heroin addiction; he was arrested for drug possession; he was estranged from his son Julian; and he had grown deeply unhappy in the Beatles.

In the film Let It Be, Lennon jokingly claimed he had written "Everybody Had a Hard Year" the night before.


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[8]

Cover versions[edit]

"I've Got a Feeling" was covered by the rock group Tesla on their 2007 album Real to Reel.[9]

Pearl Jam has covered "I've Got a Feeling" in concert 30 times.[10] The song is a bonus track on the Japanese release of Ten.


  1. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Beatles: Let It Be – Overview". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions. London: Hamlyn. p. 169. ISBN 0-600-55798-7.
  4. ^ Winn, John C. (2009). That Magic Feeling: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy, Volume Two, 1966-1970. New York: Three Rivers Press. pp. 250–251. ISBN 978-0-307-45239-9.
  5. ^ Winn, John C. (2009). That Magic Feeling. New York: Three Rivers Press. p. 260. ISBN 0307452395.
  6. ^ a b Winn, John C. (2009). That Magic Feeling. New York: Three Rivers Press. pp. 230–231. ISBN 0307452395.
  7. ^ Winn, John C. (2009). That Magic Feeling. New York: Three Rivers Press. p. 235. ISBN 0307452395.
  8. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). p. 332. ISBN 1-84413-828-3.
  9. ^ I've Got a Feeling at AllMusic
  10. ^ https://pearljam.com/music/song/ive-got-a-feeling

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