John Lennon once said this was the only song he wrote that he truly hated. Lennon told British journalist Ray Connolly: "It's the most embarrassing song I ever wrote. Everything rhymed. Disgusting lyrics. Even then I was so ashamed of the lyrics, I could hardly sing them. That was one song I really wished I'd never written."
An instrumental version was recorded by George Martin and his orchestra. Martin was The Beatles producer.
The original title was "That's a Nice Hat (Cap)."
George Harrison used a tone pedal on this track to produce an unusual guitar sound.
Mike from Florida UsaJohan from Stockholm is now blasting this site with his JohnLove / PaulHate drivel. He does this on the Beatles Bible, as well. His thusly-biased comments discredit anything he has to say on the subject. He's a sad individual. Pay him no mind.
Jennifur Sun from RamonaI liked this song. Thanks John even if you hated it.
Mike from Pleasanton, Txi get high when i see you go by????? c'mon, it doesn't get any better. one of the classic beatle songs.
Johan from Stockholm, Sweden"It´s Only Love" is a masterpiece, composed by Lennon. A straight falling melody, with the wunderful +chord in "butterfly". Superb is the B-part of the melody, which starts with "...why am I so shy...", starting on the same note as the A-part, but changing both rythm and melody And the marvellous singing of Lennon, tender and screaming. The song could have been composed by Robert Schumann. Just because Lennon, by some reason, despised the song, McCartney and all the critics thought the same. I think it is one of Beatles best songs, and the best song on the Help-album. -Johan Cavalli Stockholm
Johan from Stockholm, SwedenIn the Beatlesweden .com, in a voting, "It´s Only Love" won as the most popular song in the Help-album!! With other words, more popular than "Yesterday", 19% respective 17%.
Johan Cavalli Stockholm
Carl from Apg, MdThe song is among the non-soundtrack songs on the British "Help!" album (notice that the only Beatles' songs on the U.S. "Help!" album are the 7 from the movie), but it and "I've Just Seen A Face" were included on the U.S. "Rubber Soul" album, lending it a more folk-music feel than the British "Rubber Soul".
Sydney from Dallas, TxThis song is beautiful. It's much better than one of John's later ballads. This is deffinately my favorite song from their earlier period.
George from Belleville, NjI think this is a beautiful haunting melody.It's the music that makes this song,but the lyrics can speak to us about feelings that love brings.It's written in such a simple waybut very touching.Simplicity is the essence of art.
Bridget from New York, NyThis song is awesome! It's so simple, and it just flows.
Breanna from Henderson, NvI really like this song this is my favourite song off of Help! I don't see why John didn't like it.
John from Grand Island, NyI truly believe this was one of John's attempts to write and sing like one of his idols, Roy Orbison. Personally I love it. I really think that John was way too critical of his own stuff, this song especially.
Richard from Toledo , OhIt's interesting to note that the verse in this song is essentially the same melody as the verse in Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite.
Richard from Toledo , OhTo me this is a Rubber Soul song. I've had the American album since about 1971 on the green Capitol label.This song is simple but crafty at the same time.Its Only Love is truly one of my favorite Beatle songs.
Rosario from Naples, FlOh yeah and I think this is the only Beatles song to use the word "Butterflies."
Rosario from Naples, FlIt's funny that the original title was That's a Nice Hat (Cap).
Matthew from Melbourne, AustraliaVery underated song. I kinda like it!
Max from Vancouver, Canadato me this song is a small step away from the psychedelic sound the Beatles eventually adopted.
I cant describe how or why, it just has a bit of an edge to it.
i think it would have been interesting to see how this song would have turned out if it were produced a year or two later after LSD really started to influence john's songwriting.
anyway the song still rocks as is and is definitely underrated
Stuart from London, United StatesJohn did NOT hate this song. He was merely reacting to the fact that it was never really finished/polished to the standard of some of his other songs. ie: the lyrics were kind of 'working' lyrics ('Is it RIGHT that you and I should FIGHT.... every NIGHT)! That's why he said he 'hated' it. But, I gotta say, personally, I love it BECAUSE it IS a 'work-in progress' song, REAL John, and one of his very best recordings. (I met John first in 1967, March, at Paul's house in St John's Wood, before the release of Sgt P.)xx
Rich from Spring Lake Hgts, NjThis song shows how good of a singer John was. His voice really makes this so-so song good. Rich,Wall,N.J.
Chet from Orangefield, TxI've always liked "It's Only Love" a lot. It's a nice, simple ballad.
Joe from Montvale, NjThis song has five different guitars plus bass including a 12 string acoustic and the main feature the tone pedal through the leslie speaker. There is one line in this song that say's I get high.
Sal from Bardonia , NyAn underated folk song with guitar through leslie via the volume tone pedal another innovation that goes unnoticed by most people. Sal,Bardonia, NY
Johnny from Los Angeles, Cano ZZtop lol
Andrea Ruhlman from Chx, MiI can kinda see john hating this, lyrically, at least. I mean, it really contradicts his later viewpoint of "all you need is love."
Jennifer from Ajax, CanadaThe lyrics aren't the greatest but I still love this song!
Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScJohn hated this? Strange! I think it's pretty good, not like Black Bird Julia or Yesterday , but I like this song.
Steve from Fenton, MoThis may be the only song off of the Help CD I don't think is that good. I can see why John didn't like this one.
Linus from Hamilton, On, CanadaI can't enjoy it as much now, knowing that John hated it!
Adam from Katy, Txthis is me and easterd's song, its a very nice song
Lee from Clearwater, Fli read both good and bad about this song. I guess you either like it or hate it. personally, i like it. stays in my head all day long after i hear it.
Steve from New York City, NyI'm a huge Bealtes fan -- they're my favorite band. But these lyrics really are pretty bad.
Nick from Buffalo, NyThe song is great no doubt,vintage John...
Paulo from New York, NyAn underrated song, in my opinion.
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.