It's Only Love

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"It's Only Love"
Song by the Beatles
from the album Help!
Released 6 August 1965
Recorded 15 June 1965
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock
Length 1:55
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin

"It's Only Love" is a song written mostly by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was first released by the Beatles in 1965, on the Help! album in the United Kingdom, and on the Rubber Soul album in the United States.

Background and composition[edit]

"It's Only Love" was composed with the working title, "That's a Nice Hat." Lennon had the original idea for the song and completed it with McCartney at his home in Weybridge.[1][dubious ]

In 1980 Lennon told Playboy journalist David Sheff: "I always thought it was a lousy song. The lyrics were abysmal. I always hated that song."[1][dubious ]

In his 1997 biography Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, McCartney said of the song: "Sometimes we didn't fight it if the lyric came out rather bland on some of those filler songs like 'It's Only Love'. If a lyric was really bad we'd edit it, but we weren't that fussy about it, because it's only a rock 'n' roll song. I mean, this is not literature."[1][dubious ]


The Beatles recorded "It's Only Love" on 15 June 1965. They recorded six takes of the rhythm track, although two of these were incomplete. Lennon overdubbed his vocals onto the final take, and George Harrison recorded a guitar part with a tremolo effect.

Take two of "It's Only Love" was included on Anthology 2 in 1996, along with the incomplete third attempt.[1]


According to Ian MacDonald:[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Beatles Bible: It's Only Love". Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  2. ^ MacDonald, Ian (1998). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties. London: Pimlico. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-7126-6697-8. 

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