I Will

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"I Will"
I Will label.jpg
Label from Philippine single, released in 1968 with "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" as the A-side
Song by the Beatles from the album The Beatles
Released 22 November 1968
Recorded 16 September 1968
Genre Folk rock[1]
Length 1:46
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin

"I Will" is a song by the Beatles that was released on The Beatles. It was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and features him on lead vocal, guitar, and "vocal bass".


"I Will" was one of the songs worked on by the Beatles and their associates while in Rishikesh, India. Although the music came together fairly easily, the words were worked on in India, and remained unfinished even as recording began back in London.[citation needed]


This quiet song required 67 takes,[2] and George Harrison did not play (during The Beatles sessions, the Beatles often recorded in separate studios).[3] However, the reason for Harrison's absence from the session has never been clarified.

During take 19 of "I Will", McCartney ad-libbed an untitled and uncopyrighted song[2] (referred to as "Can you take me back?" by author Ian MacDonald), a 28-second segment of which ended up on side 4 of the album The Beatles as what MacDonald described as “a sinister introduction to "Revolution 9"”.[3] Also ad-libbed by McCartney was "Los Paranoias", released, together with take 1 of "I Will", in 1996 on Anthology 3.[citation needed]

The picture shown above features Apple Records' 45 rpm record. It was manufactured by Dyna Products Inc (today's Dyna Music Entertainment Corporation) of the Philippines, 1968.


In the televised documentary The Beatles Anthology, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr are shown relaxing on a blanket outside. Starr asks McCartney what he wrote in India and McCartney answers, "I Will." Then Harrison begins playing this on his ukulele while he and McCartney harmonize with it.[citation needed]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald.[3]

Cover versions and appearances in other media[edit]


  1. ^ Lewis, Michael. 100 Best Beatles Songs: A Passionate Fan's Guide. p. 163. ISBN 1603762655. 
  2. ^ a b Lewisohn 1988, p. 155.
  3. ^ a b c MacDonald 2005, p. 315.
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/John-Holt-2000-Volts-Of-Holt/master/296477


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