Eight Days a Week

Album: Beatles For Sale (1964)
Charted: 1
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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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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: 40

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 14th 1965, "Eight Days A Week" by the Beatles entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #53; and only three weeks later on March 7th it would peak at #1 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 10 weeks...
    And this being 1965, the record's B-side, "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party", also made the Top 100, it reached #39 and spent 6 weeks on the chart...
    As stated above, John disliked song, besides not being released in Britain as a single, it was never performed live...
    It was the first of ten Beatle songs to make the Top 100 in the year of 1965, that was a little down from 1964, were there charted 30 times...
    R.I.P. John and George.
  • George from Belleville, NjOne of the catchiest songs in pop music.The melody and the energy and the excitement is irrisistible.
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnWhat a great old song!...don't cha just LOVE the Beatles
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Moperhaps 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...
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxG 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...
  • Lennix from Hamburg, GermanyThis 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. <33
  • Hh from Hh, AustriaChuck Berry's song "Downbound Train" features a fade-in intro, recorded in December of 1955.
  • Liam from Windsor, CaI think the verse melody is infecting; try not to hum or whistle this song after you hear it!
  • Tony from Red Deer, AbLennon's low harmony in the middle is an absolute treat to listen to.
  • Forrest from Rochester, MnThe 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"
  • John from Fort Worth, TxTo 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 from Fort Worth, TxI 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
  • Liam from New York, NyThe most notable feature of this song is its faded-in intro, a first in pop music.
  • Jay from Atlanta, GaCountry singer George Jones is credited as writing the bridge for this song.
  • Laura from Sydney, AustraliaNo, Jen, your not. But that's only in Take 5, which is featured on the Anthology 1 (Disc 2, if you were wondering)
  • Carl from Eugene, OrUsually 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).
  • Allen from Bethel, AkYou 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?
  • Joe from Montvale, NjThe only good thing about this song is the fade in guitar introduction that would soon be copied by other artists.
  • Sal from Bardonia , NyAnother 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
  • Brian from Sydney, CanadaThis 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.
  • Sarah from Pittsburgh, Paexact 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 from Pittsburgh, Pa** the demo of eight days a week is what i'm talking about.
  • Mel from South Australia, Australiathis 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'
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyWhen 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...
  • Jen from Joburg, South AfricaAm 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. ^_^
  • Mike from Germantown, MdWhat's that Instrument at the beginning in the intro?
  • Barry from New York, NcOh it definitely is a joint effort mike, but McCartney's voice is a little bit further front than Lennon's.
  • Mike from Emmaus, PaPaul 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.
  • Barry from New York, NcAlthough 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.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiaanother great Beatles song .........never get sick of hearing this.......
  • Barry from New York, NcAlthough this is credited to Lennon/McCartney, the song was mostly a McCartney composition.
  • Adam from Rochester, Nyfun song as well, I love georges guitar on this for some reason.
  • Richard from Connellsville, PaI 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.-Richard
  • Mandy from Calgary, CanadaI 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.
  • Christophe from La Rochelle, FranceActually, 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...
  • Alan from New Baltimore, MiI like the hand claps!
  • Michael from San Francisco, CaJohn never cared for this song too much.
  • Paulo from New York, NyAll these Ringo expressions turned into songs. Perhaps Ringo should have gotten some songwriting credits. ;)
  • Catherine from Glasgow, EnglandTomorrow never knows was also a Ringo expression that was made into a song.
  • Chet from Saratoga Springs, NyOriginal versions of the song had all four Beatles sing a fade in of a single note with another vocalised note "over the top".
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