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Album: Help!Released: 1965Charted:
According to A Hard Day's Write
by Steve Turner, many Americans concluded the "ticket" was from British Railways, and "ride" was the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. McCartney confessed to his biographer Barry Miles that they were partly right. Paul had a cousin who ran a bar in Ryde and he and John had visited them there. Paul later mentioned that although the song was primarily about a girl riding out of the life of the narrator, they were conscious of the potential for a double meaning.
Don Short, who traveled with the Beatles in the '60s, recalled that John coined the phrase "Ticket to Ride" for another meaning - The girls who worked the streets in Hamburg had to have a clean bill of health and the authorities would give them a card saying they were clean. Don later said that although he specifically recalls John telling him that, John could of been joking - you had to be careful with him like that. (thanks, Ant - Belleville, Canada, for above 2)
John Lennon: "That was one of the earliest heavy-metal records made."
The brief but recognizable guitar solo was played by Paul McCartney, who was The Beatles bass player.
This was used in the Beatles movie Help! in the scene where The Beatles ski... poorly. Copies of the original singer released on Capitol Records say: "From The United Artists Release 'Eight Arms To Hold You'," which was the original working title of Help! (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
This was the first Beatles song over 3 minutes, which started a trend to longer songs. "You Won't See Me
" from Rubber Soul
was the next 3-minute song. Yesterday And Today
each had one, and Sgt. Pepper
had four, including two over 5 minutes.
Longer songs continued over the rest of their albums. Their longest was "I Want You (She's So Heavy)
," followed by "Hey Jude
." (thanks, Dwight Rounds, author of The Year The Music Died, 1964-1972
Ringo came up with a distinctive staccato drum pattern for this song which he talks about quite often, sometimes mentioning that he's a left-handed drummer trying to play right-handed.
The Beatles taped a performance of this song that was broadcast on an episode of Ed Sullivan Show that aired September 12, 1965 (the last Ed Sullivan show broadcast in black and white). The Beatles recorded it prior to their Shea Stadium concert that took place August 15.
The Carpenters covered this in 1969 with the gender reversed to suit lead vocalist Karen Carpenter ("he's got a ticket to ride..." Their mellow version was released as the duo's first single and included on their first album, which was also called Ticket To Ride. Their rendition didn't chart, but made its way onto plenty of light rock playlists.
The Beatles were one of the first groups to make music videos, which were done so they could promote their songs without showing up at TV stations. They made one for "Ticket To Ride" in a shoot where they did four other songs as well. All of the footage was shot in the studio; this one saw the band performing in front of oversized tickets for trains and busses.