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
Released22 November 1968
Recorded16–17 September 1968
GenreFolk pop[1]
LabelApple Records
Producer(s)George Martin

"I Will" is a song by the Beatles that was released on their 1968 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 composed 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.[2] Paul McCartney commented on the song, saying: "It's still one of my favorite melodies that I've written. You just occasionally get lucky with a melody and it becomes rather complete and I think this is one of them; quite a complete tune."[3]


This quiet song required 67 takes,[4] and George Harrison did not play (during The Beatles sessions, the Beatles often recorded in separate studios).[5]

During take 19 of "I Will", McCartney ad-libbed an untitled and uncopyrighted song[4] (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 on "Cry Baby Cry" as what MacDonald described as "a sinister introduction to 'Revolution 9'".[5]

During take 29, McCartney, as an ad-lib, cheekily replaced "won't" in place of will during the first verse before Lennon replies, "Yes you will." McCartney chuckles after this ad-lib and then the song ends at this point. This take was included in the expanded box-set of The Beatles released in 2018.


Personnel per Ian MacDonald.[5]

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. ^ Miles 1994, p. 348.
  3. ^ https://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/i-will/
  4. ^ a b Lewisohn 1988, p. 155.
  5. ^ a b c MacDonald 2005, p. 315.
  6. ^ "John Holt - 2000 Volts Of Holt at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  7. ^ "Live Phish, Vol. 13: 10/31/94, Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY - Phish". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2017.


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