A Hard Day's Night

Album: A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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  • The title was taken from an expression Ringo used to say. In a 1964 interview with DJ Dave Hull, Ringo explained: "We went to do a job, and we'd worked all day and we happened to work all night. I came up still thinking it was day I suppose, and I said, 'It's been a hard day...' and I looked around and saw it was dark so I said, 'Night!' So we came to 'A Hard Day's Night.'"

    John Lennon used the phrase "A hard day's night" in a his book In His Own Write before it was used as a song or movie title. He used it in the short story (more of a vignette) titled "Sad Michael." An excerpt: "There was no reason for Michael to be sad that morning, (the little wretch): everyone liked him, (the scab). He'd had a hard day's night that day, for Michael was a Cocky Watchtower." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • John Lennon wrote this song, which contains long, repeating notes that are uncommon in Pop music. Even more unusual, Lennon sang it in glissando: "haaaard days night...". The melody resembles the Irish folk song "Donall Og," with the same pentatonic, and small glissandos. Such glissandos you even find in the English ballad "Three Babes."
    Albert Goldman wrote in his 1980 book The Lives of John Lennon, "The whole composition is written in mixolydic key, an old key which was abandoned in the beginning of the seventeenth century, but is maintained in English and Irish folk music." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Johan Cavalli, who is a music historian in Stockholm
  • This was the title song to the first of five Beatles movies. It got two Oscar nominations and was a hit with critics and audiences. At the time, a lot of movies were made starring musicians, but most were showcases for the singers and not very good (think Elvis movies). A Hard Day's Night was a surprise because it actually had cinematic value. It even sold well when it was released on DVD many years later.

    When the deal was made to make the movie, The Beatles had not yet caught on in America and there were fairly low expectations for the film, as The Beatles were thought of as a fad that would soon pass. By the time filming began, The Beatles were huge and it was clear that a lot of people would see the movie. The studio considered putting more money into the film, but they decided to stick with the original modest budget. In order to save money, it was shot in black and white.
  • The movie presented The Beatles as four distinct personalities, which changed the way they were marketed. Previously, they were always presented as a unified group, but it became clear that fans loved seeing their differences and began to associate with them individually. The concept of focusing on individual personalities in a band continues to this day, as groups like Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys are marketed with a focus on the various traits of the members, allowing fans to get to know them better.
  • The last song in the movie soundtrack to be composed, the motion picture was being produced when Ringo made his statement that inspired the song (original movie title: Beatlemania). Walter Shenson, who was the movie producer of A Hard Day's Night, told PBS that he said to John, "You need to write a song that will incorporate the movie's title," and Shenson was amazed when John came in the very next day with the song. He thought John would labor over it for days or weeks.
  • Phil Collins was one of the school kids brought in as extras for a scene in the movie where The Beatles perform. He didn't make the cut, but years later, the film's producer gave Collins the outtake footage with him in it and had Collins add commentary to the DVD release.

    The footage showed that Collins was rather sedate during the filming, as he was more interested in hearing the music than in getting on camera.
  • Lennon sang lead and Paul McCartney sang the middle sequences. John had Paul sing the middle section because he felt Paul had the more appropriate vocal range for it. Surprisingly, he insisted on singing a higher harmonization in "From Me To You" only a year earlier because he said he could sing the higher stuff better than Paul. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Adrian - Wilmington, DE
  • A journalist friend of Lennon's, Maureen Cleave, claims that she suggested a slight change to one of the lyrics for this song on the way to Abbey Road studios shortly before it was recorded. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - London, England
  • The Beatles recorded this in nine takes on Thursday, April 16, 1964. It was written and recorded in a little more than 24 hours. It had to be done quickly when film name was changed from "Beatlemania!" to "A Hard Day's Night." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ben - Cheverly, MD
  • The Beatles won just four Grammy Awards in the '60s, and one of them was for this song: It won for Best Performance By A Vocal Group in 1964. The Beatles also won for Best New Artist that year.
  • At the 2002 Super Bowl, where Paul McCartney performed "Freedom," Terry Bradshaw started singing this with McCartney when Paul joined the Fox announcers on the set.
  • The Hard Day's Night Hotel opened in Liverpool in 2003. It is next to The Cavern Club, where The Beatles played many of their early shows.
  • A Beatles cartoon aired on ABC from 1965-1969. On each segment, the animated group (voiced by actors) would go on some kind of adventure before performing one of their songs. The very first episode was called "A Hard Day's Night" - when the Beatles need a quiet space to rehearse, Ringo suggests a castle, where various monsters and ghouls appear when the boys start playing. In a stroke of luck, the creatures are happy to hear the music, and The Beatles play this song while Dracula and the gang dance along.
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Comments: 97

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 25, 1964, Barbra Streisand's album, "People", peaked at #1 {for 5 weeks} on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    The Beatles' soundtrack album, "A Hard Day's Night", had been at #1 for the fourteen previous weeks...
    For the calendar year of 1964, the Beatles held the #1 position on the Top 200 Albums chart for 30 of the 52 weeks.
  • Barry from New York, NyAlthough this is considered a Lennon composition, it's quite probable that McCartney did help compose the middle eight section, which he sings. McCartney has stated so in recent interviews.
  • Trebor from TexasA Hard Day's Night is an excellent album and a funny, lively movie. But the one song that stands out the most and everyone knows is Can't Buy Me Love, a Paul McCartney rocker!!
  • Johan Cavalli from SwedenThe album A Hard Day's Night from 1964 is their best album, many innovative and wonderful melodies by Lennon: A Hard Day's Night, starting with the guitar chord like the beginning of Beethoven's Pathe- tique,and glissando-melodies. If I Fell the intro with four changes of key, I'm Happy Just To Dance With You, a wonderful mix of 1930 melody style, and Lennon's hammering on the same notes, and aj little joking progession. I Should Have Known Better, increasing tension in the middle part, and change of key both in the transition to the middle part, a n d i n the middle part. When i Get Home, changing different kinds of rythm, at the same time singing on the same notes! The melodies are striking! w i t h o u t strings and big orchestra. I think there is a tendency to more covers the last years with Lennon melodies.
  • Trebor from TexasA Hard Day's Night is a pretty darn good album and went 4x platinum. In comparison, that "weak" album (according to JOHAN from Stockholm, Sweden) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band went 11x platinum. Stick that in your pipe, Johan Ono Cavalli and smoke it!!
  • Roy from SloughJohn got away with a few near the mark quips in the film. One of them being to Norman near the end of the film when he says "Dont get excited you'll spurt" then the "Hard days music came in ending the film.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 16th 1966, Ramsey Lewis' instrumental covered version of "A Hard Day's Night" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #58; and four weeks later on February 13th, 1966 it peaked at #29, the following week it fell to #38 and that was its last week on the chart...
    And later in 1966 he released another covered version of a Beatles' song, "Day Tripper"; it entered the chart on Dec. 18th and stayed for 4 weeks, peaking at #74...
    Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. will celebrate his 80th birthday in four months on May 27th {2015}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThe Beatles appeared on the cover of the August 28th, 1964 edition of 'LIFE' magazine...
    At the time the Beatles had five records on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "A Hard Day's Night" {at #4}, "And I Love Her" {at #13}, "Ain't She Sweet" {at #24}, "I'll Cry Instead" {at #25}, and "If I Fell" {at #54}...
    That edition of magazine in 1964 cost twenty five cents; and as of August 28th, 2014 there are fourteen copies of that edition available on Ebay...
    R.I.P John and George.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 11th 1964, the Beatles' movie "A Hard Day's Night" opened in New York City...Exactly one year later on August 11th, 1965 their movie "Help!" opened in New York City {the film actually had its U.S.A. premier two days earlier on August 9th in Chicago}...R.I.P. John and George.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 12th 1964, "A Hard's Day Night" by the Beatles entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #21; and on July 26th, 1964 it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    It also peaked at #1 in Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, and their native England...
    And of course because this was at the height of Beatlemania its not surprising that the B-side, "I Should Have Known Better", also charted, it reached #53 on the Top 100...
    They also had another record, "Ain't She Sweet", entered the Top 100 on this date; it was on the Atco Record label and entered at #90, and on August 16th, 1964 it peaked at #19 on the chart...
    R.I.P. John and George.
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenI the magazine Rolling Stones, "100 greatest Beatles songs", among the first 20 songs, Lennon has 11 or 12, ! McCartney has 4, Harrison 2 and Lennon-McCartney have 2 or 3. ( Strawberry Fields is no 3, Yesterday no 4) A Hard Days Night is no 11. Not a single song by McCartney from Pepper.
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenThe m e l o d i e s in the album - those by Lennon - are more innovative than those in Sgt Pepper, because in Pepper only some a r r a n g e m e n t s are innovative: See above that about I Should Have Known Better, the intro to If I Fell has three changes of key, I´m Happy Just To Danmce With You starts like an song from 1940s with the notes to the title in major key,then hammering on the same notes to create desperation, and then repeating the title in m i n o r key, humoristicly, and finally the fantastic changes of rytm in the same notes in When I Get Home. Lennon composed 10 of the 13 songs in the album
  • Jim from West Palm Beach, FlHarrisons opening chord sets the stage, 1964. "Here they are...The Beatles!!!!"
  • John from Oglesby, IlWith regard to Adrian from Wilmington's comment about 'From Me To You', John was referring to his falsetto, which was better than Paul's. In normal voice, Paul had the higher range, which is why he sang the middle eight on 'Hard Day's Night'.
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenIn the album A Hard Days Night, Lennon composed 10 of the 13 songs. Lennon was even the dominant composer in the singles and albums before Yesterday. In spite of that, Ned Rorem wrote in New York Review of the Books January 1968, that McCartney composed all songs in the Beatles. The same wrote Readers Digest 1968. Why? That led to the split of the Beatles.
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjKinda hard to believe that The Beatles influenced those annoying boy bands and girl groups, however indirectly. Oh, well, I guess they can be forgiven, as they did so much good for music.
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlI love how this song is AMAZING! lol My mama listened to The Beatles when she was pregnant with me and I'm assuming that I popped out loving them because for as long as I can remember I've always listened to 'em! :) Love these guys!
  • Jessica from Kannapolis, Nethe beatles are awesome and this is just another song that proves how good of artits, band , mushins , and people they all are . I LOVE LOVE LOVE the beatles and they will be remebered forever :)
  • Thegripester from Wellington, New ZealandAccording to the above...'Albert Goldman wrote in his 1980 book The Lives of John Lennon, "The whole composition is written in mixolydic key, an old key which was abandoned in the beginning of the seventeenth century...'

    Um, this is total crap. There is no "mixolydic key" - but there is the myxolydian mode, which far from being abandoned is quite common today, especially in jazz, pop, and blues music, which Lennon was emulating. And by the way, it's only the refrain and the verse that are myxolydian - the bridge and the prechorus are both in plain old Ionian major mode. So much for the "whole composition..." Shows that Goldman knew even less about music then he did about Lennon.
  • Morgan from Tyler, TxThis song is a amazing song that should give u a idea of the way The Beatles make their good songs. The Beatles are a amazing band that everyone should love. All of the you people who made commets should agree with me.
  • Brian from Boston, MaYes it is amazing to me that there is such debate and conversation over the opening chord It was a Gsus 4 chord but god only knows what else the Beatles put in there.I think there is some piano in there too. I am not saying the debate is unjustified.I agree with it.One chord has so much in it. There are all sort of percussions too.Bongos and forgive me for my ignorance of the proper names of percussion instruments but I think I hear what sounds like wooden sticks being tapped together. I am particulary fond of the feirce strumming of the acoustic throughout the entire song.I have always caught a scene from Hard days night on tv here and there but I never saw the entire film. I am a huge Beatles fan but I don't have much of a desire to see the film. I am not particulary fond of British humor. I like watching the musical performances from this film as well as Help! For it's time perhaps they were enjoyable films but what is important is that the music stand the test of time and it certainly has.
  • Ben from Rohnert Park, Cai just noticed the bongos in the backround of the song
  • K from Nowhere, OnBasil, way way way down there and told off quite a few times, you're ridiculous. For one, I'm tired of people putting down Hey Jude. It was for Julian, when will people realize that? And Eight Days a Week? Listen to it, the meaning is right in the words "love you all the time," which says that seven days a week isn't enough! There's a book called The Beatles Diary, by Barry Miles, go read it.
  • Jack from Ames, IaFurther Fourier transform analysis of this chord has also revealed George Martin playing possibly:

    Piano: D2-F2-G2-D3

    And, if George let his low A (A octaves on his 12-string Rick) string(s) ring in conjunction with his Fadd9 chord that he and John shared - along with Paul's hi D on his Hofner violin bass) - this seems to sound like the chord entire when played on a piano by 2 people ...

    So, the riddle of the low "F" that can be heard rumbling in the chord's basement is now identified as the missing note - provided by the also 5th Beatle (pssssssst.... hey George Martin Beatle).

    2 George Beatles, 1 Paul Beatle, 1 Ringo Beatle and 1 John Beatle and your bird can sing in a pear tree...

    What a blast these guys were/are ...

    The info above isto be added to the previous:

    "...The final formula of the Lost Chord, the "Holy Grail of all rock chords," the opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night" has been researched enough, and now, the verdict is finally in: Including George Harrison's own recollection and comments on the chord - in conjunction with other stray recordings and accounts, the opening chord is: (drum roll please) ... George Martin (Steinway Grand Piano): D2 G2 D3 Paul McCartney (Hofner Bass with a pillow muffling amp speaker as usual): 12th fret D string George Harrison [according to George Harrison] (12 string Rickenbacker 360/12): G2 G3 A2 A3 F3 F4 A3 A4 C4 C4 G4 G4 John Lennon (6-string acoustic Gibson j-160e flat-top acoustic-electric guitar): F3 A3 C4 G4 Ringo Starr Standard 1963 Black Pearl Ludwig Drum kit: subtle snare and 18 or 20" Zildjian ride cymbal So, it's name will be a second inversion of a type of G-chord (given George Martin's and Paul McCartney's lowest tones of "D") - and, given that the rest of the tones can be named as additional colorations of a G chord. But, it is a G chord which lacks a major or minor leaning since no major or minor 3rd is played). The chord is thus for everyone - just like the Universe ;] The chord would best be considered "G7sus4add9/D" (G dominant seventh suspended 4th add 9 over a D bass note)..."

    [17 notes on 4 instruments, a snare and a cymbal]

    If George did not wrap his thumb around to catch the octave G's on his low string, then it is unlikely that he let his low A string(s) ring as well...

    And, according to him directly, perhaps he just played the F-A-C-G F9 chord that John also played - and the rest of the notes are Piano and Bass ... but, again, the D2-F2-G2-D3 on the piano... (that low "F" in the piano was crucial) ...
  • Jack from Ames, IaThe final formula of the Lost Chord, the "Holy Grail of all rock chords," the opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night" has been researched enough, and now, the verdict is finally in:

    Including George Harrison's own recollection and comments on the chord - in conjunction with other stray recordings and accounts, the opening chord is: (drum roll please) ...

    George Martin
    (Steinway Grand Piano):
    D2
    G2
    D3

    Paul McCartney
    (Hofner Bass with a pillow
    muffling amp speaker as usual):
    12th fret D string

    George Harrison [according to George Harrison]
    (12 string Rickenbacker 360/12):
    G2
    G3
    A2
    A3
    F3
    F4
    A3
    A4
    C4
    C4
    G4
    G4

    John Lennon
    (6-string acoustic Gibson j-160e
    flat-top acoustic-electric guitar):
    F3
    A3
    C4
    G4

    Ringo Starr
    Standard 1963 Black Pearl Ludwig Drum kit:
    subtle snare
    and 18 or 20" Zildjian ride cymbal

    So, it's name will be a second inversion of
    a type of G-chord (given George Martin's and
    Paul McCartney's lowest tones of "D") - and, given that the rest of the tones can be named
    as additional colorations of a G chord. But, it is a G chord which lacks a major or minor leaning since no major or minor 3rd is played). The chord is thus for everyone - just like the Universe ;]

    The chord would best be considered

    "G7sus4add9/D"

    (G dominant seventh suspended 4th
    add 9 over a D bass note)

    But, the way the chord was voiced and played did not observe the usual accepted "SATB rules" of classically-accepted chordal voicing -- this chord didn't mind becoming the sound of the exhilirating train-wreck it was intended to be:

    Notice in the chord how Harrison's low open A string (and its octave string on his 12-string) struggle against the G notes in the piano and Harrison's own low thumbed 3rd-fret G on his (low E-string) 12-string - creating a rumbling and clashing - but one which is not considered harsh on the ears -- "add 2" or "add 9" containing chords are especially "ringy" and "chimey" - and given the brightness of the array of instruments chosen, the overtones and harmonic series' activated at Abbey Road studios with a little vintage verb on everything certainly opened up the cosmos on some level with the striking of that magical sound.

    The opening guitar jabs of "Getting Better" is the exact same (top 4 notes of the "Hard Day's Night" opening chord) - being jabbed at by George's electric guitar (check it out).

    That's the "add 9" -- or "add 2" magical sound...

    Notice 2 and 9 are similar (almost the same) colorations:

    in the C scale:

    C D E F G A B C

    The "D" note is step 2, and, it is also step 9
    when going beyond the 8th tone C at the top of the scale.

    So, add 2, or add 9 -- it's still the same tonic ketchup being added to the chordal sauce - especially with a load of bright timbred instruments coming at ya -- their use really spiced up this wonderful chord.

    Keeping the chord unisex (no major or minor 3rd being physically played) was also a stroke of genius. The sonic faeries inhabiting the overtone layers created in the aftermath of the bang of the chord sprinkled those tones inaudibly here and there all by themselves. Fourier transform analysis has picked up a B, a Bb and even an F# within the complex sonic overtone series created by this sonic blast. It is much like the Hadron/CERN collider smashingparticles together and then all of a sudden being surprised by finding the Higg's Boson ... the "God Particle."

    This was one heck of a radioactive chord.

    ;]

    Jack M. Gallup
    Assistant Scientist
    http://vetmed.iastate.edu/isuqpcrconsultationservices
  • Jack from Ames, IaI Am the Walrus and Mark: great review of that famous opening chord.

    I always wondered where the G note came from within the chord -- and now I see it is a G2 on the piano by George Martin.

    I've always played the chord as a Fadd9 with my thumb wrapped around to get the low G on the low E string- but always knowing the bass was playing a high D. So I've always called it: "G7add9sus4/D"

    It's strange because the whole thing actually sounds like some exotic percussive electric organ of some kind. And - on YouTube recently, there's some outtakes of them creating the chord and flubbing it up a few times - and it sounds like George has a Leslie cabinet on his 12-string Rick as well ... but perhaps that's just a vibrato setting on a VOX amplifier? ... What a CHORD. Says "HELLO" we're here! Lovely use of acoustic instruments (as opposed to toally synthsized (or is that sin-thesized). ;]
  • Crizzle from Rincon, GaThe movie's starting right now lol.
    Great song, great movie, the Beatles are awesome.
  • Samuel from Kilsyth, United KingdomThe Unusual Guitar Sound, at the Beginning of `A HARD DAY`S NIGHT`, was done with `George Harrison`Striking a G Suspended 4th Chord, on his 12 String `Rickenbacker Guitar`and took him a few times to get it right, Eventually Making the Record, one of the few, that can be Recognised by its Opening of `TWO SECONDS` alone, (some say it was an `Accidental Feedback`, he got from Striking the Chord,and then holding the Guitar Close to the Sound System)Well, Whichever Method was Used, Its Still a `ONE OFF`, even by Today`s Standards. (Thanks)
  • Samuel from Kilsyth, United KingdomHi, I was reading about the Song `8 DAYS A WEEK`, and Just have to tell You, it was NOT going to be Called `8 DRUGS A WEEK`, This Guy `BASIL, SKYLARK SOUND CITY,MT, Who Writes in `THIS RUBBISH` is Either `DRUGGED`to the EYEBALLS`, OR he Is a (SANDWICH short of a PICNIC),take your pick!, the `TRUE` story, is that RINGO (after a LONG Recording Session, Coined the `PHRASE` 8 DAYS A WEEK, as they were ALL tired,and the Song Materialized from there,and the rest is History, so `DON`T BELIEVE` what that guy writes, as its WASTING the TRUE STORY for others reading it, IN FACT, he should Be `BARRED`by SONGFACTS, but I suppose they dont care, What `CRAP`they get in, as it Keeps them in a Job, (I Honestly Dont Know),Thanks for reading Comment
  • I Am The Walrus... from Orlando, FlThe opening guitar cord is a G7sus4 with a D, not a G, played for the bass, which was played by Paul. If you want to learn how to play it on guitar just let me know. The rest of the song is basically two cords, G and F with the middle going to a D and a C cord. By the way, I saw The Beatles play at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. It was my first concert ever. I was 10 years old, lol. The ticket cost 4 dollars. Is that a hoot or what?
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, Canadafunny: it took 48 hours to record the song!
  • Nicole from Sun City, Mnjohn lennon wrote this song on a napkin, its in a museam in london.
  • Lulu from New Orleans, Lai thought the accident wasn't on the opening of this song but on I Feel Fine. it made the feedback sound which they decided they liked so they kept it after playing around with it a bit. i think the opening chord on this song was chosen because Dick Lester wanted something dramatic to open the movie.
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Mobasil, what are you smoking? "eight drugs a week"?! are you SERIOUS? great movie. if you havent seen it, look it up on youtube, its hilarious. "what would you call that hairstyle you're wearing?" "arthur."
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxThe Bealtes often used old musical forms and sounds - lending to one of the reasons they were successful. They used Senata format often (Lucy in the Sky)and based many songs on British/Irish folk music or folk sounds...Nowehere Man has falling melodies often used in folk music (Celtic Lements in particular)to convey sadness or melacholy.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxPS to Basil - John's dead. He isn't "on" anything, except maybe white satin!
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxThe Bealtes often used old musical forms and sounds - lending to one of the reasons they were successful. They used Senata format often (Lucy in the Sky)and based many songs on British/Irish folk music or folk sounds...Nowehere Man has falling melodies often used in folk music (Celtic Lements in particular)to convey sadness or melacholy.
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnFun song, Ringo never got the credit he deserved.
  • Saff from Melbourne, AustraliaBasil, are you nuts? A fish and finger pie of Paul's choosing is how they ingested their drugs? If you knew anything at all about that phrase, you would know that Paul included it in Penny Lane as a nod to the Liverpool guys who used that as a sexual term about feeling up a woman. And are you seriously saying that John's heroin use is linked back to a saying that Yogi Berra said? The power of a saying!
    Also Hey Jude was written to Julian Lennon about how he should keep his chin up while his parents go through a breakup. That's John and Cynthia in case you don't know.
  • Modernrocker79 from Kearny, NjThe jangle fade-out of this song influenced Roger McGuinn and the future sound of Jangle Pop.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaWell, the guitar falling down would have kind of a sustained chord sound, kind of an "A" suspended, so that makes sense...the opening (chord)is probably one of the greatest,if not Thee greatest opening on any record ever made!
    How long did it take one to recognize the song
    upon hearing it's opening on the radio? less than a second i'm sure.
  • Dex from Aspen, CoRegarding the comment about the first note supposedly being an accident: As a professional guitarist, wouldn't George have turned down the volume dial on his guitar before leaning it against the amp?
  • Susan from Toronto, CanadaWhen Paul McCartney was knighted he said, "It's been a hard day's knighthood."
  • Larry from Coral Springs, FlMy favorite most Beatle movie song and the others on the album that followed it
  • Rosario from Naples, Flgreat song, great movie. greatest opening chord of al time.
  • Tristan from Kansas City, MoI read that the first chord in this song was actually an accident. George laid his guitar down again the amp and in fell over and made that sound so they decided to use it for the opening of this song.
  • Erika from Fox Valley, WiThe line IS "So why on earth should I moan, 'cause when I get you alone, you know I feel alright".....whoever is telling us that its something else should clean his CD and try listening to it again. The line doesn't make sense the way they think it is.
  • Ivette from Los Angeles, CaI wish I lived around these times
  • Nunzio from Darwin, AustraliaUnited Artists wanted to get The Beatles on their label.So they released the film & soundtrack LP. There were songs from the movie on the LP & that's how The Beatles got on the U.A label.
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesMy brother can relate to this song. Every day that he has to work at Arby's is another hard day's morning, because he's always "workin' like a dog". My brother has to get up early to go to work; earlier than normal, he needs to be "sleepin' like a log". But he has a wife that makes him feel all right.
  • Ivette from La, CaIn the begining of the movie they pass this song when George,Ringo n John r bein chasin by fans (paul was wit his grandfather in th movie when they were bein chased) it's funny how George is not payin attention n falls down Ringo who happens 2 behind him falls 2.They also pass this song at the end when they r in the helicopter
  • Matthew from Milford, MaActually, "Eight Days A Week" came from the Beatles' chauffeur (he said that he felt like he was working eight days a week.)
  • Bianca Sanchez from Alburquerque, NmI bought the movie! I LOve it LOve Love Love iT!
    I think the word Love should be capatilized

    oh Hi Mike!
  • Michael from OxfordYes, I've seen the movie. And it rambles on a bit, but otherwise it's good stuff. The biggest problem is that I need to remember to stick my fingers in my ears for the blood-curdling scream in the middle of "Can't Buy Me Love".
  • Bianca Sanchez from Alburquerque, NmHas any one seen the movie? I love it when John Is in the bath and he's playing with a little toy submarine and boat. Its Hilarious! you can watch it on Youtube, just type i John lennon in bath.
  • Mark from Concord, NhThe opening chord of 'A Hard Day's Night' is one of the most famous in rock history

    "the opening chord pretty much defined the sound of an era"

    It is hard to imitate.
    Yes, Harrison used his new 12 String Rickenbacker guitar but there was more
    For more information read the article I am referencing at http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1718612

    the chord was actually made up of the following:
    George Harrison: Fadd9 in 1st position on 12-string electric guitar
    John Lennon: Fadd9 in 1st position on a 6-string acoustic guitar
    Paul McCartney: high D played on the D-string, 12th fret on electric bass
    George Martin: D2-G2-D3 played on a Steinway Grand Piano
    Ringo Starr: Subtle snare drum and ride cymbal

    "CHAAAAAAAANG.........It's been a hard day's night!"
  • Krissy from Boston, MaThis was the first Beatle song I ever heard.
  • Krissy from Boston, MaJohn Lennon peforms the loud oww before the insturmeantal break.
  • Ralph from Beirut, United Statesfavorite line is why on earth should i moan cause when i get you alone you know i feel ok!
  • Michael from Oxford, EnglandWho performs that loud "Owww!" just before the instrumental break?
  • Krissy from Boston, MaIt is a grest song. It is also a great movie.
  • George from Belleville, Nja hard driving rock song with great guitar work
  • Liam from New York, NyThe funny thing is the Beatles used tape loops or sampling and backward tapes on Tomorrow Never Knows way back in 1966 both popular in rap and hip-hop.
  • Tiffany from San Diego, CaActually in a Playboy interview Paul says that Ringo said it.
  • Bryan from New York, NyThe Beatles have contributed to all styles of music. You can find a beatles song in almost every genre except hip-hop, rap, and probably disco.
  • Jade from Sacramento, CaRingo created 'A hard day's night' title. I am certain of that, but not eight days a week. You're probably right Marie.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoRegarding the presentation of The Beatles as four distinct personalities, Gene Simmons has said he was directly influenced by that in creating the concept for Kiss, adding that Kiss were like The Beatles on steroids!
  • Dave from Bronx, NyOne of the first power pop songs that also popularized the 12 string Rickenbocker guitar.
  • Joe from Montvale, NjThis song and the album in particular was very important on the Byrd's going electric. The song has that unison guitar and piano solo that sounds like a harpsichord and the jangle fadeout that sounds like what the future Byrd's would be in 1965.
  • Sal from Bardonia , NyA jangle pop number 1 a year before the Byrds and it influenced the Byrds to purchase the 12 string Rickenbocker guitar and combine folk with rock a thing the Byrds noticed the Beatles were doing with great success another subgenre the Beatles contributed to.
    Sal,Bardonia,NY
  • Steven from West Carrollton, OhLove this song, AND the film. I've got both the movie and the album!
  • Tony from Topeka, KsIn Japan, this song (as well as the album and film which share its name) is called 'Beatles ga Yattekuru Yaa! Yaa! Yaa!' ('The Beatles Are Coming, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!') I am absolutely not kidding about this.
  • Basil from Skylark Sound City, MtThe Beatles are giants in music as well as in the bug world. Scientists recently studied a peculiar phenomena that involves playing "Strawberry Fields Forever" to ant colonies. They react by searching for such fields, consequently leading humans to hitherto unknown wild patches where the fruits are plentiful and FREE. Play "Across the Universe" to a cockroach and watch him fly out of your house and literally across the universe --wherever he lands of course does't matter. Lastly, Yellow Submarine has no effect on insects, but does help relieve chronic constipation in red-headed amputees.
  • Basil from Skylark Sound City, Mt"8 Drugs a Week" was the original title. When the Beatles counted all the different chemical crutches they had amassed since their Hamburg days, Ringo said: "I don't know about you, but I take 8 drugs a week, including alcohol, tobacco and aspirin." That left "the mysterious 5," which Life magazine speculated were also: hemroidal cream, (the active ingredients in said lotion), pot, coke, acid and pcp. Mainly as ingested in a fish & finger pie of Paul's choosing. Most Beatles polled at this time were outraged at the discovery and decided that they should change the lyrics to "8 days a week." But here clears up all confusion about who created the title. Ringo said as he ate pudding: "But, Paul, John, George, listen: There are only seven days in a working week." Reporters seized on this and gave Ringo credit. Paul later said that he believed Ringo was involved but only after the fact. John credits Yogi Berra for saying "When you see a fork in the road, take it." But Yogi Berra's orignal phrase was: "When you see a joint in the road, smoke it," which of course led to John's heroin use and Paul's subsequent tongue-in-cheek "Hey Jude" (Hey, someone, anyone: John's on heroin.)
  • Suzanne from White Rock, CanadaHi, i just wanted to say, i love the beatles, even though i was born in 1981, i grew up listening to them cause of my parents, my dad was born in 1943 and my mom in 1953, so it has always been a great memory for me, I LOVE the BEATLES.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI thought it was "So why on earth should I moan" as well.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI agree John & Anna. Sylvia, John played the first chord (George Martin says so on the DVD features.) John and George (Martin) were figuring out how it should start, John playing various chords. Eventually he hit it and that was how the song started.
  • John from Fort Worth, TxThe Beatles: John, Paul, (Richard)Ringo, Pete George, Stu, et al.

    I have always thought that the line as written on this site as "So, why I love to come home" was "So, why on earth should I moan." I normally wouldn't even be posting about such a thing but c'mon, don't you agree that my interpretation is better?

    John, Fort Worth TX
  • Sylvia from London, EnglandLove the chord George plays at the beginning.
    :) (Boy do I wish he could've taught me how to play like he did...*Sigh*)
  • Lee from Clearwater, FlIf anyone has one of the red copies of the original album, it is worth alot of money.
  • Calum from Edinburgh, ScotlandThe notes on the back of the album say that Ringo came up with the title.
  • Ben from Cheverly, MdThis is a really good song, its one of those you'll listen to all day and never get tired.
  • Barry from New York, NcAlthough Lennon wrote the song, McCartney helped sing a solo bit, the "when I'm home" bridge. That is because Lennon couldn't reach the high notes like Paul. This is very rare for the Beatles.
  • Charlie from Cape Girardeau, MoThe instrumental on the middle eight was played by "George and George". Harrison played guitar, but the part was so tricky it was recorded slow and then speeded up to tempo. Producer George Martin then played piano to double Harrison's guitar work.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThe instrumental bridge in the middle of the song is George Harrison and George Martin playing the exact same notes on guitar and piano respectivley.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThe word "Beatles" is never spoken in the entire movie.
  • Jared from Chapel Hill, NcEven though I always assumed John wrote Eight Days (because he does the lead vocal), I have read otherwise. Evidently, Paul wrote the verses and chorus, while John supplied the middle eight. It does sound like a Paul number, with its upbeat and simple melody.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, Scthis is to carol from tomsriver NJ. I always heard the same story about how "Hard Days Night" was written.
  • Justdrew from Austin, TxSorry- thought the comments were posted at the bottom. I was commenting on the veracity of the phrase 8 Days a Week coming from a cab driver- not Ringo.
  • Justdrew from Austin, TxYes, Marie- that's the way I recall hearing this song's genesis. I'm sorry, but Ringo just wasn't that clever- even if unintentionally :-}
  • Martijn from Helmond, NetherlandsThis song starts off with a Gsus4 chord that's very hard to replicate. Probably different voicings on two guitars.
  • Andrea from Singapore, SingaporeThat's odd, I always thought that the phrase "a hard day's night" came from George...that's what I've always read everywhere.
  • Kate from Iowa City, IaThank you Marie for clearing that up- the first fact bothered me so much that I had to register just to post a comment, to correct it. Butyes, the driver inspired them - working 8 days a week -> lovin you 8 days a week... crazy the influences.
  • Loretta from Liverpool, Englandmarie, according to george martin (on the hard day's night collector's DVD disc two), ringo did make up 8 days a week. he could be wrong-- musicians often mix up the origins of their songs
  • Piti from El Ferrol, SpainThe Spanish Beatles Page says that Lennon is the writer of the song. The comments about beatles' songs are very interesting and docummented.
  • Peter from Carmel, InActually, the title "A Hard Day's Night" was a "Yogi Berra-ish" phrase said by Ringo on the set. "Eight Days a Week" was, as quoted by Marie, from Paul's chauffer. Paul actually cleared this up at his "Back in the U.S. tour conecert in Indianapolis.
  • Carroll from Toms River, Njthis is my 1st crack at this comment thing. the title is a "Ringoism"...as the boys were leaving the studio after a grueling session, Ringo said, (as he pushed on the door to exit) "that was a really hard day...when the door opened, and he realized it was already dark, he immediately tried to change the word "day" to "night". Paul and John wrote the song and it became the title track. (it was actually the last song written and recorded for the movie.)
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