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 pop[1]
Length 1:46
Label Apple Records
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin

"I Will" is a song by the Beatles that was released on their 1968 self-eponymous album 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]

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]


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. ^ "John Holt - 2000 Volts Of Holt at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 


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