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Eight Days a Week by The Beatles

Album: Beatles For SaleReleased: 1964Charted:
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  • This fades up from silence. It was the first pop song to do so.
  • There are two possibilities on where the title came from. In Bob Spitz' The Beatles: The Biography, Paul McCartney claims that he asked his chauffeur (while being driven to John's house in Weybridge) if he was busy, and got the answer "Busy? I've been working eight days a week." In a later interview, Paul says that it was Ringo who coined the phrase: "He said it as though he were an overworked chauffeur. When we heard it we said 'Really?' Bing! Got it"! John Lennon also claimed it was one of Ringo's malapropisms.
  • The Beatles wrote this for the movie Help, which was at one point titled "Eight arms to hold you."
  • McCartney wrote most of this song, while Lennon added the middle eight and a few other lines. Usually John and Paul sang lead on songs that they wrote or principally wrote. This is an exception to that, with Paul writing the song but John singing lead. (thanks, Carl - Eugene, OR)
  • In the first few takes of this song, the John Lennon and Paul McCartney harmonized an opening rather than having the song begin with the guitar. (thanks, Adrian - Wilmington, DE)
  • John Lennon claimed not to like the song. In his 1980 interview with Playboy magazine, he stated, "'Eight Days A Week' was never a good song. We struggled to record it and struggled to make it into a song. It was [Paul's] initial effort, but I think we both worked on it. I'm not sure. But, it was lousy anyway."
  • This was not released as a single in the UK. It was scheduled for release there until Lennon wrote "I Feel Fine." It was immediately changed to the new song.
  • Artists to cover this song include The Dandy Warhols, Joan Jett, Lorrie Morgan, The Persuasions, Billy Preston and Procol Harum. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • Both this song and "You Won't See Me" lift the chord sequence from The Four Tops' "It's the Same Old Song." McCartney later admitted, "we were the biggest nickers in town."
  • This song was used in the movie My Best Friend's Wedding, and also in an episode of the TV show Scrubs.
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Comments: 39

One of the catchiest songs in pop music.The melody and the energy and the excitement is irrisistible.George - Belleville, Nj
What a great old song!...don't cha just LOVE the BeatlesReed - New Ulm, Mn
perhaps the catchiest song in the history of mankind. but, unlike most 'catchy' songs you hear now, it has so much more going for it- all of their songs had such an original sound to them. begs the question- why did john hate it so much? he didnt seem to really like anything that his own band did. he was probably ticked off at paul when the band split for being a bit of a control freak, as he often was, and never really got over it, i guess...Chloe - St. Louis, Mo
G in Potomac - I heard the same thing - I think it was in the Hard Day's Night Bio - someone might want to look it up and varify it...Linc - Beaumont, Tx
This song is so infectious and happy! I never get tired of it, even after the 63rd time in a row! It's funny how John often resented some of their best songs, such as this. Paul writes such beautiful love songs (though this IS a 50/50 effort) like Here, There and Everywhere, All My Loving, Oh! Darling and so forth. <33Lennix - Hamburg, Germany
Chuck Berry's song "Downbound Train" features a fade-in intro, recorded in December of 1955.Hh - Hh, Austria
I think the verse melody is infecting; try not to hum or whistle this song after you hear it!Liam - Windsor, Ca
Lennon's low harmony in the middle is an absolute treat to listen to.Tony - Red Deer, Ab
The best part of this song is the almost psychedelic quality of the part when they sing "Eight days a week, I lo-o-o-o-ove her"Forrest - Rochester, Mn
To Leah from Brooklyn:

I love your wonderful story of your teenage babysitter's (see below) fascination with the Beatles. When I was a small child I knew someone very much like that. It was the first real exposure to the group that I ever had and I never left them. Ah, the dear memories we carry with us over the years...
John Martin, 46, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
John - Fort Worth, Tx
I first heared this song on the early '70s American TV show "The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour." Sonny and Cher sang it as their intro song on one show in the early '70s. The phrase, "eight days a week" was what struck me at the time. Over my years I have come to love this song for its sound, its lyrics and for so many other things I can't explain here.

These days, when I listen to it while driving I can't help but mentally play the 'air guitar' when I hear the end. John Martin, 45 USA
John - Fort Worth, Tx
The most notable feature of this song is its faded-in intro, a first in pop music.Liam - New York, Ny
Country singer George Jones is credited as writing the bridge for this song.Jay - Atlanta, Ga
No, Jen, your not. But that's only in Take 5, which is featured on the Anthology 1 (Disc 2, if you were wondering)Laura - Sydney, Australia
Usually John and Paul sang lead on the songs they wrote, or were principally responsible for writing. This is one of the few songs where one wrote it (Paul) and the other sang lead (John).Carl - Eugene, Or
You know...this song sounds very familier (Especially the "Hold me, love me" part)...seems like Sesame Street used the tune for one of their songs. Anyone with me?Allen - Bethel, Ak
The only good thing about this song is the fade in guitar introduction that would soon be copied by other artists.Joe - Montvale, Nj
Another number one song using the 12 string guitar with up front acoustic rythym guitar it was there signature sound used on A Hard Day's Night and Beatles for Sale.The song features a fade in maybe the first song used by a rock artist and also rumbling almost feedback bass sound.
Sal, Bardonia, NY
Sal - Bardonia , Ny
This is a John Lennon song and it would be he who would pick up that kind of language mix-up. Lennon- "A Hard Day's Night", "Tomorrow Never Knows" as well as the lyrcs in "I Am the Walrus" etc.Brian - Sydney, Canada
exact quote: PAUL 1984: "Yeah, he (Ringo) said it as though he were an overworked chauffeur: (in heavy accent) 'Eight days a week.' (Laughter) When we heard it, we said, 'Really? Bing! Got it!'" (Laughs)Sarah - Pittsburgh, Pa
** the demo of eight days a week is what i'm talking about.Sarah - Pittsburgh, Pa
this was on the marriage episode of 'scrubs' between turk and carla, the 'band' sung it...well pretended to it was a joke, they formed at the last second but played perfectly...i ADORE this song, i love the 'ooh i need you love babe'Mel - South Australia, Australia
When I was a child in the Vanderveer housing project, I was often left at the apartment of my mother's friend, for babysitting. Her teenaged daughter, Rosalind, has a bedroom absolutely *covered* in Beatles posters and paraphenalia of every sort. Like most American teens of the time, she adored them. It all seems very ironic in retrospect, as Roslind Kind's half sister was Barbra Streisand, whose own career was just beginning at the time. As for myself, I resented the Beatles at first, because I loved the Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, and felt they were being displaced on the radio by these British upstarts. But heck, I was only a child...Leah - Brooklyn, Ny
Am I the only one who in the very last second hears someone go 'boop boop'?

It cracks me up so much everytime I listen to the song. ^_^
Jen - Joburg, South Africa
What's that Instrument at the beginning in the intro?Mike - Germantown, Md
Oh it definitely is a joint effort mike, but McCartney's voice is a little bit further front than Lennon's.Barry - New York, Nc
Paul said it was his idea but both he said it was a 50/50 Lennon/McCartney tune. Lennon hated it so he probably wasn't looking for the credit. I disagree that it is McCartney's lead that is dominant. It sounds like a joint effort.Mike - Emmaus, Pa
Although it sounds as if Lennon is dominating the vocals, you have to listen very carefuly and you'll notice that actually it's McCartney who is the dominant lead.Barry - New York, Nc
another great Beatles song .........never get sick of hearing this.......Pete - Nowra, Australia
Although this is credited to Lennon/McCartney, the song was mostly a McCartney composition.Barry - New York, Nc
fun song as well, I love georges guitar on this for some reason.Adam - Rochester, Ny
I sometimes sing along with this song and when the final "eight days a week" sung,I sing 3 "oh,yeah"'s at the end. And even though it wasn't played in the UK,it's still a cool song. P.S. It was #1 only in the good old U.S.A for 2 weeks.-RichardRichard - Connellsville, Pa
I agree with Paulo. Ringo never got much credit- for the song writing part that is. He is a very talented part of the Beatles :) And he's such a cutie.Mandy - Calgary, Canada
Actually, the title isn't another Ringoism, but Paul heard it while going at John's. Indeed, the driver said " I have so much to do, it seems like i'm working eight days a week..."
So, while taking his breakfast with John, Paul told him "Hey, this man has just said "Eight days a week"!", and they built up a song around that line...
Christophe - La Rochelle, France
I like the hand claps!Alan - New Baltimore, Mi
John never cared for this song too much.Michael - San Francisco, Ca
All these Ringo expressions turned into songs. Perhaps Ringo should have gotten some songwriting credits. ;)Paulo - New York, Ny
Tomorrow never knows was also a Ringo expression that was made into a song.Catherine - Glasgow, England
Original versions of the song had all four Beatles sing a fade in of a single note with another vocalised note "over the top".Chet - Saratoga Springs, Ny