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Got To Get You Into My Life by The Beatles

Album: RevolverReleased: 1966Charted:
7
  • This song is about marijuana. Paul McCartney cleared this up in his 1998 book Many Years From Now when he explained that it was not about a particular person, but his desire to smoke pot.
  • Session musicians played trumpets and sax. It was the first time horns were used in a Beatles song.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire recorded a funky new version for the 1977 movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Beatles producer George Martin was in charge of the music, and the soundtrack was a success, but the movie, which starred Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees and Aerosmith, was a huge flop. Earth, Wind & Fire's version of this hit #9 in the US.
  • This didn't chart until 1976, when it was released as a single backed with "Helter Skelter."
  • John Lennon thought this was some of McCartney's best work.
  • In the '60s, Joe Pesci was an aspiring singer known as Joe Ritchie. He recorded a version of this that can be found on Rhino's "Golden Throat" Series. His version merits the "Stick to Acting" award. (thanks, Barry Kesten - Bellmore, United States)
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Comments: 66

If you are old enough to remember, the opening theme of "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" was obviously inspired by the first verse of this song.Ford Mo - Quezon City, Philippines
This time a tune off the Beatles album Revolver, in fact the 2nd one to be recorded after the heady Lennon track Tomorrow Never Knows, this McCartney song found a big fan in John, especially the words. But while he thought they were about LSD, Paul would admit it's actually about his introduction to marijuana, as much as it sounded like a song about a girl.
And it took the Beatles a while to get Paul's ode to pot, together in the studio, go figure. ou'll find the version they laid down on day 1, on the Beatles Anthology 2. The version that came on Revolver came on day 2 and later came the brass and woodwinds and tambourine and organ.
And it took more than four Beatles to get THIS distinctive Motown influenced sound, the Beatles brought in a couple members of Georgie Fame's group The Blue Flames, who John and Paul knew from the clubs, and they helped nail the almost jazz feel the band was after.
And while there was nothing actually written out for them to play, Paul sat at the piano and basically showed them what he wanted. They tried it a few times, and then John came from out of the control room and gave them the thumbs up. And Got to Get You Into My Life, was born.
Deethewriter - Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation
Brian from Boston - AMEN! Don't forget the graphic portrayals of rapes, and the graphic displays of blood and guts now common on the "CSI" and "NCIS"-type shows. But Heaven forbid we show some kid (in a GOOD, POSITIVE light) smoking a little weed. When I was a smoker, I didn't even smoke a whole joint - that was TOO MUCH. I would take a small puff of some good, high-grade pot and I was good to go. My lungs were minimally damaged because I could CONTROL my use of pot. The portrayals in this country are BULLs--t! There is a thing called reality. Some of us can control our intake and use of weed. We're not all stupid morons.Jesse - Madison, Wi
All the Beatles songs written by Paul mainly are the Beatles' best. This being among the top singles by The Beatles. I don't care what the song is about - pot, a woman, a man... songs are inherently MEANT to be interpreted by the listener. Pot is a good thing, and apparently Mr. McCartney was moved by it enough to write this song. I've done it and I used it in much the same way Paul did.It can really bring a good perspective to your life if you let it. Just don't let it control you. You control it. This song prominently displays Paul's penchant for great melody and also displays his penchant to occasionally belt the vocal at some point in his composition. He was easily the most "musical" of the Beatles, with George coming in a close second. Paul was my favorite Beatle, hands down. Paul really nails this song down. Among my TOP faves of The Beatles!Jesse - Madison, Wi
I did not realize that this song was responsoble for the sound that Chicago has but I can certainly see how. Another reason why this site is so cool very informative.Brian - Boston, Ma
If jimmy Buffet writes a song about getting drunk on margaritas an alchoholic beverage made with tequilla wich is made from an agave plant thats o.k But if Paul mccartney sings about getting high off another mexican plant marijuana it's controversial..please give me a break the only difference is the law. I know when i have had too much tequilla I feel like sh*t the next day and sometimes I want to puke. I never feel that way on weed .You tell me whats worse I am amazed at the attitude this country still has toward pot.On tv we can show someone shooting a guy in the head but god forbid we show them smoking pot.Brian - Boston, Ma
Revolver has some of the best guitar the Beatles ever recorded. I thought Got To Get You Into My Life was a about a person too but the line "I was alone I took a ride I didn't know what I would find there another road where maybe I could see another kind of mind there" to me makes it pretty clear that he is talking about pot. I think a lot of people would be amazed at how many songs are influenced by the use of Marijuana. I don't mean songs that are about marijuana I just mean that a great many number of songs have been written by people after having smoked pot. In the music industry pot use is rather common. I also think that Mccartney tends to more outspoken and well known for his marijuana use than alot of other musicians but not necessarily a more user. frequent user.Brian - Boston, Ma
This song single handedly inspired the group Chicago's musical style for the 1960's and 70's. Once Lamm, Pankow and the rest heard The Beatles use of horns in this gem they knew what style they wanted to be, Jazz Rock. They used do an unbelievable version of this song live. One of McCartney's best songs ever no matter what its about.John - Grand Island, Ny
the lyrics about pot.....so true. so true man.Nick - Seattle, Albania
I actually have a troubling memory tied to this song. My naiive friend I and went on Spring Break to Jamaica back in college. He suffered from bipolar disorder and was on medication. We drank ourselves into the ground that week, and the alcohol mixed with his medication causing him to have seizure-like symptoms that almost caused us to miss our flight back to the States. He was in bad shape that whole day, and as my parents drove us quickly home from the airport, "Got to Get You Into My Life" came on the radio. It was the only two minutes of that entire day where I felt somewhat calm, and even my friend was in better shape during that car ride. Thank you, Beatles!!Adrian - Gettysburg, Pa
I thought it was about a woman,and not drugs.I like both the Beatles and EWF versions.Jennifer Harris - Grand Blanc, Mi
haha, i love how outright the songfacts are. "This song is about weed." TA DA!!! but really, think about it, people- if paul didnt even attempt to disguise the fact that this is about drugs, why lie about 'hey jude'? because it wasnt a drug song!!! it was about john's son. not all songs are about drugs! get over it!Chloe - St. Louis, Mo
nice instrumental group work from "sounds inc" who had this band sound,and toured with the Beatles..a nice marriage between Paul and them.Steve Dotstar - Los Angeles, Ca
LOL i love how on the links below it.. it says, "See more songs about drugs" and in Bungalow Bill it says, "See more songs with boys names in the title" hahhaa. i swear... but i love this song.. its one of my favorites... and i think its just funnier knowing that its about pot XD every time i have to laugh when i sing it. hahaha.Kelly - Liverpool, United Kingdom
I love the fact that this song was written about pot. Knowing that makes me laugh whenever I hear anyone singing it. Especially when I saw it on American Idol last week (which I only watched cause it was Beatles Night).Kasey - Halifax, Ns
Ok well since paul was killed just several months after recording this song,
don't believe faul and all his bull$#!+.
this song is about love.
Emil - Salt Lake City, Ut
Blood, Sweat & Tears did a great version of this on the "New City" album.Richard - Anniston, Al
Adam from Beaver Falls, PA, I agree. (Nearly) all of Paul's love-songs with The Beatles were about Jane Asher (lucky girl) and it's nice to know he had a wilder side. Kind of funny, John liked this so much. Wonder why? ;)Andrea - Sønderborg, Denmark
Hey "Zoloft," I guess you wouldn't be so disappointed if this song had been inspired by the drugs of Pfizer or GSK. I'll bet the "surprise" wasn't so shocking, considering your daily regimen of zombie mind drugs.
Do want you want to do, go where you're going to, think for yourself because I won't be there for you...
Alejandro - Raleigh, Nc
Krissy, this song IS about marijuana, Paul has said so himself in his biography, and in person while being interviewed for the Anthology SpecialMatt - Around, Ct
They were such fantastic singers....save for Ringo. I mean, Ringo could hold a melody together in lower registers but didn't know how to sing harmonies. This song is a lesson in perfect harmony (as are many of their songs)from the outtake on the Anthology 2 CD.Brian - Sydney, Canada
I love this song. It is just so good. Idk y u guys care so much if it's about drugs or not ? It's so stupid why do all Beatles songs have to classified of having a drug or sexual meaning when most don't. Like Blue Jay Way or Something or Come Together or All You Need Is Love or Hey bulldog. Hey Jude was is not about drugs it was written for John's song Julian when John and Cynthia were going through divorece. Cause Julian was just little and it must have been hard for him so Paul was being nice and wrote a song for him.Krissy - Boston, Ma
Hmmm ... I wonder how many people in the 1920s were denying that "Little Brown Jug" was about alcohol? (Oh what a shame, I thought it was about molasses.) Deniers, re-read what Paul said! Are you ashamed that you like the song anyway?Selby - Helotes, Tx
This song is high quality pop masterpiece with an irrisistable blend of brass and bass and guitars and is so catchy to listen to.Earth,wind and fire did a good version but not as good as the original.In fact,this song was the prototype or inspiration for the start of the band Chicago.This is certainly one of McCartney's best.George - Belleville, Nj
In September, 1990, I was on my way for a date with a girl I had just met. I was almost at her house when I had made a wrong turn, which made me drive an extra two minutes or so. Since my radio was on, I had two minutes more of a song to listen to. "Got To Get You Into My Life" by the Beatles came on. Fitting song, since I ended up getting married to her nearly two years later. So, when that song comes on the radio it always reminds me of that wrong turn but hearing that classic, fitting the moment song. So, all that drug related stuff I put aside, and take it as I hear it.Lance - Pittsburgh, Pa
Hey, I don't reckon this is about pot, I don't think Paul wants to say 'who' it is about but however much a pothead...these seem like words of true love.
Weed influenced every album from Help to Let it be which are all excellent and wouldn't exsist, as they are in there present state without grass!Pre Pot Beatles Albums are excellent but the sound changed for the better with the herb, markedly on RUBBER SOUL which to my mind was never bettered although equalled with Abbey rd.
Matt - Bristol, England
Why is everyone so upset that this song is about grass? It made my day...probably my week. It makes it so much better when you spark that joint and drop the needle on your record player. I also feel that I should make my case that Revolver is the greatest album written by any band. Best acid trip you can take...Tomorrow Never Knows is inspired by Timothy Leary and an acid trip. You should give it another listen from top to bottom...much better than Abbey Road and Sgt. Peppers.Nick - Toronto, Canada
Listen to the demo version of this song from the Anthology series.Brian - Sydney, Canada
The Beatles are the greatest group of all time, and this is one of their greatest songs. That being said, I have to admit that I really like this song but love the Earth, Wind, and Fire version of this song. If you have never heard it, check it out. It kind of reminds me of the difference between Paul's "Maybe I'm Amazed" song. His original version is very good, but the live version on "Wings over America" is just awesome!!! I have to go along with many of the posts that Revolver would be third best album after Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper's, not necessarily in that order. Those 2 are like 1 and 1a to me.Duane - Wheatfield, In
Stax influenced rock with a droning horn section a sound that Paul asked for. This has been admitted by Paul to be a drug influenced song.
The guitar solo is a bit pyschedelic and is was achieved by putting the guitar through a leslie speaker.
Sal, Bardonia, NY
Sal - Bardonia , Ny
I love both versions of this song but I like the Earth Wind and Fire version a little bit more. Don't get me wrong the Beatles are like my favorite band (other than led zeppelin). I just personally think Earth Wind and Fire's version is a tiny bit better.Justin - Albany, Ny
Ditto, zoloft. I was sad to find out it was about marajuana. I'll never be able to hear it the same way again now.Adam - Bloomington, In
This is one of my favorite Beatles tunes. I was a little surprised to find out this song is about marijuana. Reading the lyrics now, it really seems pathetic, considering it is such an upbeat tune. I guess I'll never hear it the same way again. Now I hear one of the main reasons for Paul's divorce with one legged model Heather Mills is because Mills could not tolerate Paul's constant marijuana use.Zoloft - Milton, Wv
Feet?! What does this song have to do with feet?!Ian - Lethbridge, Canada
The Earth, Wind and Fire version of this was cooler.Credible - Jacksonville, Fl
this was about paul wanting to get to have feet in his life.Jojo - Meridian, Ca
Victor: i read your post and agreed! who could say revolver is one of their worst albums? and then i scrolled down and realized it was me! i do not remember that post, but since then i have seen mccartney live and he played eleanor rigby, for no one, and got to get you into my life all from revolver. definitely an incredible album.Jordan - Ontario, Canada
The lyrics sound a little too... overzealous to be a tribute to a person. "Then I suddenly see you/ Did I tell you I need you/ Every single day of my life?" Yikes! Yeah, I prefer to think that this song is about recreational substances.Fiona - Napier, New Zealand
Who cares yeah its about drugs but still one of my favorite beatles songsJohn - Woburn, Ma
As often reiterated by other posts here, this song is verily about marijuana! (And, alas, "Hey Jude" is NOT about heroin, or any substance, but rather a song offering comfort and support from a man to a boy, telling him that things will work outjust fine.)

Macca was very much a pothead of the first order...from the very first time he and the other Fabs were turned on to cannabis by Bob Dylan in August '64 (see my entry under "Doctor Robert"), he was sold on its (generally) beatific effect, so much so that on that first night, he seemed to something akin to an out-of-body experience...in fact, he felt as if a new door of higher perception was prised open and whilst flyin' high, he seconded their roadie, Mal Evans, to take a written note of his answer to the meaning of life. Paul's answer--"There are seven levels". Ok, a bit naff but it does tie in with a lot of mystical concepts that have exist since time immemorial, of which prior to that he had no interest in. From there on in, he was a cannabis convert. For Paul, this was to play a huge role in the creation of some of his finest works, including the song reviewed here, of which he has quoted on the record (in both his semi-autobiography "Many Years From Now", written by Barry Miles with his own specific inputs, and "The Beatles Anthology" book) as being particularly about pot.

McCartney had often been assumed as the group's diplomat and a goody-goody-two-shoes to boot. However, of all of The Beatles, he's the one who's been busted for mull more than any of the others: he and his wife Linda (of whom too herself was a major pothead) had fallen foul of the law between them six times: in 1972 for possession in Gothenburg, Sweden and cultivation at their High (no pun intended) Park farm in Scotland; Linda was bailed up in Los Angeles in 1975 when their hire car was pulled over for running a red light and the cop smelt that unmistakably pungent odour from when one burns a spliff; the infamous 1980 bust in Japan whereby Paul spent 11 days as a Japanese jailbird in Tokyo; fined for possession in Barbados in 1984 and Linda was nabbed upon arrival in London the next day for having some in her bag (clearly, the Barbados police didn't search their baggage thouroughly enough!). Paul over the years has often spoken in favour of the legalisation of cannabis, as he feels that it is less harmful than many other perfectly legal substances such as alcohol, tobacco, painkillers and solvents (i.e. glue) and I, for one, am inclined to agree.

He remained virtually a daily toker from the Dylan initiation through to the mid 80s, and still regularly smoked right up until about his 60th birthday, around the time he was to be married to Heather Mills. He finally felt compelled to give up, as he said that was a bit "silly" having to duck of the toilet to pull a cone or smoke a joint when they were out somewhere at his age. I personally suspect that he was somwhat cajoled into giving up the ganja by Heather.

All of the appreciated the mindbending qualities of marijuana, and George too was especially keen of using it, but ultimately it was Paul who remained totally enamoured of it for such a long time. Another song of his is often interpreted as an ode to pot as well, "Let Me Roll It", from 1973's "Band On The Run" album.
John - Fremantle, Australia
Uh, yeah! I have had pot. In fact, the last time I did was, oh, let's see, four days ago. I think that qualifies me.Ash - Charleston, Wv
This song it´s totally about pot. If you do pot, you get it.Nelle - Lima, Peru
After reading these lyrics, I have to wonder if Paul is pulling everyone's collective leg about this song being about marijuana. It just doesn't make any sense.Ash - Charleston, Wv
This tune was on the Capitol album ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC, which featured all the Beatles rockers. I always found that this tune wasn't in the category as the other hard rockers such as "Birthday" "Helter Skelter" or "I'm Down." Later I realized that ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC was released years after the fact (1976, the original song came out in '66) and just an afterthought of an American record company.Barry - New York, Nc
I don't think Revolver is there best albums. Sgt. Peppers and Abbey Road I have found to be superior. I can't fault any one for thinking Revolver is there best work because most of there albums are spectacular.Brian - Grayson, Ga
how can you not love this album? i think rubber soul is my favorite, but still, revolver is great!Ilse - Rome, Ga
I think revolver is a great album also! Anyway, it's kind of sad this song's about pot. Can't believe paul needed pot that much.Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
Can't believe the comment below saying this "might be the Beatles worst album"! Revolver is considered by many Beatles fans to be their best album, including this writer.Victor - San Diego, Ca
first of all, John's son is JULIAN not Julius. Secondly, his first wife, CYNTHIA is NOT DEAD!Nicole - New York City Full Time/boston(my Hometown) In The Summer
At one time, the lyrics of this song fueled the then-rampant Paul-is-dead rumors: "I was alone, I took a ride, I didn't know what I would find there..."Clarke - Pittsburgh, Pa
Kinda sad how this is about pot....makes an awesome song though! Revolver is probably their best album along with Abbey Road & Sgt. Pepper. They were so far ahead of everyone else at the time, musically.Maddie - Knoxville, Tn
back to the song... this is definitely the best song from what might be the Beatles' worst albumJordan - Ontario, Canada
Cynthia Lennon is still very much alive - she's had several failed marriages and I think still lives in the UK. You're thinking of Ringo's ex-wife Maureen Starkey, who died of leukemia about 10 years ago. She was only 47.

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Pudgemuffin - Buffalo, Ny
wow, i was just singing this song today, unbeknownst to me that i was singing about my dire need for pot, lol oh ya, and btw, even tho a ton of ppl have already said this, 'hey jude' is not about drugs, its about the darling julian lennon when john and cynthia were getting a divorce.Natasha - Chico, Ca
Hey Jude isn't about heroin, its about John's son Julian(Jude)Brett - Watertown, Sd
John's wife was Cynthia, Julius' mother, who died in the 90's.Alan - City, Mi
"In fact, Paul even said, "It was originally going to be "Hey Jules" but that just seemed like a mouthfull. So it was changed to "Hey Jude." Now, why would Paul lie about that?".... Maybe so people wouldn't know he was writing song's about drugs..?

Why would Paul lie about "Hey Jude" when he openly admits that this number is about drugs?
Kabrams - Dallas, Tx
"Did I tell you I need you...every single day of my life." Kinda sad. Paul must've been a bit too obsessed with weed at that point, lol.Rj - Rockville Centre, Ny
Brittanie is SOOOOOO right,it's bulls@#*& "Hey jude" would be about drugs.Whoever thinks that ALL beatles songs after 1966 are about drugs must be tripping on some sort of drug.SO PLEASE,SHUT UP ABOUT BLOODY DRUGS!Scott Baldwin - Edmonton, Canada
"In fact, Paul even said, "It was originally going to be "Hey Jules" but that just seemed like a mouthfull. So it was changed to "Hey Jude." Now, why would Paul lie about that?".... Maybe so people wouldn't know he was writing song's about drugs..?Moonunit - Greensboro, Nc
AHHHH!!!! NO!!!! Hey Jude is most certainly NOT about drugs. This song is sure, but not Hey Jude. Hey Jude is about Julian Lennon. Paul wrote it when John was leaving Julian's mom (God help me, but I can't remember her name) for Yoko. It was written to cheer Julian up. In fact, Paul even said, "It was originally going to be "Hey Jules" but that just seemed like a mouthfull. So it was changed to "Hey Jude." Now, why would Paul lie about that? People who think "Hey Jude" is about drugs must be on something themselves. Stupid. Get a life and stop trying to make everything be about drugs.Brittanie - Liverpool, England
E.W.F. covered this song. Dominic is right, Hey Jude is a song about heroin.Jason - Monterrey, Mexico
Hey Jude is a Paul song about drugs.Dominic - Pittsburgh, Pa
Wow, Paul actually did write a song about drugsAdrian - Wilmington, De
Did anyone else ever notice that on the cover art of Revolver of the Beatles the whites of their eyes are darkened making it look like they are stoned?Bryan - Long Island, Ny
For some reason I'm glad this is a song about marijuana.Adam - Beaver Falls, Pa