I'll Be Back

Album: A Hard Day's Night (1964)


  • John Lennon created this song around the chords of Del Shannon's "Runaway." It was credited to Lennon/McCartney, but was written mostly by John. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Cara - Strawberry Fields, England
  • In the US, this was released on the album Beatles 65. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Lennon's original intent for this song was for it to be a waltz. The demo The Beatles recorded at the last session for A Hard Day's Night is performed in this style. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Adrian - Wilmington, DE

Comments: 13

  • Hoser from Land Of LincolnDominated (IMO) by Lennon's masterful, unique rhythm and flamenco guitar. No one does it better. Can you *imagine* what Hard Day's Night would have been if this tune had been included in the film? One of my favorites of all time. Released (in America) December 1964, six full months after it had been recorded.
  • Fernando Gonzalez from Coconut Creek, FloridaAnother incredible song... Absolutely beautiful and one that will stick inside anyone's head and ears from the first listen. It is delicate, complex, and a brilliant inspiration. The early change from major to minor chords is just incredible. Makes my skin crawl to listen to this song. Again, beyond belief John was just 23 or so years old at the time. If this output of pure music at that early age even without a strenuous musical training does not make him an absolute genious, i do not know what would.
  • Fernando Gonzalez from Coconut Creek, FloridaIncredible inspiration, profound beautiful melody and words. What a super genius John Lennon was.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaOne of my top fav tunes, has that sound like you are traveling on a train going to find someone you loved sound.
  • Rick Margin from Brick,njThis was the first Beatle song to use 2 separate bridges.
  • John from Seattle, WaShawn Colvin's version of this song might be the best Beatles cover I've heard.
  • George from Belleville, NjAnother classic in the Beatles catalog.Great melody,great harmonies,there is a touch of sadness to the song with the lyric but the melody is so strong and upbeat that it makes you happy listening to it.
  • Sam from Hipsville, CaWas interesting to note than on the Anthology series, this track started out moreorless as a waltz during its' early evolution. I especially love that long extended note John sings at the beginning of the middle eight. What a voice!
  • Mark from Dublin, Irelandcheck out cliff richards version on his 1967 album "dont stop me now"
  • Kelly from Liverpool, United Kingdomlol john had a hard time singing the high part towards the end. they have a demo on the anthology CD that shows he thought it was too high. and couldnt sing it very well. its really funny to listen to xD
  • Kayla from Nashville, TnI love this song! IT ROCKS!!!
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcThis was included on the British A Hard Days Night LP
  • Lucyinthesky from Philadelphia, PaThis is such a beautiful accoustic guitar song with a beautiful melody and harmony,John's beautiful singing voice and beautiful guitar chords!
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