I've Got a Feeling

Album: Let It Be (1970)
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  • This is a mix of two unfinished songs, Paul McCartney's "I've Got a Feeling" and John Lennon's "Everybody Had a Hard Year." In later years, The Beatles would sometimes cobble together songs from bits they hadn't completed. "A Day In The Life" is a good example.
  • The Beatles recorded this live on the Apple rooftop, which was used in their movie, Let It Be. They played on the roof as a way to end the movie, which was footage of The Beatles working out songs in the studio.

    Alan Parsons, who was an engineer on the sessions, told Songfacts: "When the 'rooftop day' came and we recorded them on the roof, it made an enormous difference to the enthusiasm that they had for the songs."
  • Pearl Jam recorded this very early in their career; it was part of a three-song promotional sampler sent out in May 1991 when the band was just starting out. Let It Be was the first album Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam ever bought, and it was his idea to record the song. Eddie Vedder took some lyrical liberties, mentioning their Temple of the Dog project ("Making Temple was a good time"), their appearance in the movie Singles ("Everybody had one line") and the death of Seattle musician Andrew Wood ("Everybody misses Andy"). The sampler of this song went to the mailing lists of Soundgarden and Mother Love Bone, which was the band Ament, Wood and Stone Gossard were part of.

Comments: 47

  • Mike from New York@Russ (if you ever happen to look back here) the naked version has that nugget. Seems like Paul is laughing through a lot of the "I've got a feeling's" though (even in the version off Let it Be), seems like they just have a great time playing the song
  • Russ from Pittsburgh Love this song. One of my favorite Beatles songs. I once heard a take where Paul sings “I’ve got a feeling..that keeps me on my toes.” To which John yells “ON YOUR WHAT!?”. Paul sort of laughs through the next couple of words. I’ve only heard it once, but I wish could find it to hear it again.
  • Z from UsaJohn clearly sings "everybody put the fool down" in his first sing through. Wouldn't that be a pure Lennonism play-on-words given the year he was in and the media/public lashing he was enduring. Brilliant! And if he didn't sing it, since my first hearing the song in 1971 until now, I chose to believe "everybody put the fool down."
  • Brad from Kenosha, WiAlthough I cannot find anything anywhere to corroborate this, I swear that John says "everybody had a weird dream", not "everybody had a wet dream". Am I alone on this? Trust me, I'm no prude, it's just the way I hear it!
  • Martin Mocha from VermontIt is patently false that this was the "last" tune John & Paul collaborated on. As any Beatle scholar should know, most of the Let it Be sessions (excluding the last over dubs added in Jan. 1970) was originally recorded during January & February 1969, months before they started their true last LP which was "Abbey Road" and during Abbey Road, which continued through August 69, John & Paul DID collaborate on songs such as the medley of "Polythene Pam-Mean Mr. Mustard-She Cam in through the Bathroom Window", "The End" guitar jam included ideas from Paul, John and George, "Come Together" which involved Paul contributing his keyboard & bass ideas to John's composition & John's "Because" which included Paul's guidance during the elaborate 9 part harmony vocals orchestrated by George Martin.
  • George from Belleville, NjThis song rates as one of my favorite.This is a classic example of the power of Lennon and McCartney teaming up to share their songwriting abilities.In this case they produced a powerhouse of a rocker.I think it is one of the best rock songs ever written.I get excited every time I hear it.They made the best music,even at a time when the Beatles were about to split,they still could outrock and outplay any other band.I like the way Barry from New York put it.Well said.
  • Brian from Boston, MaI've got a feeling is a great song. It is a somewhat obscure song wich is one reason I like it so much it's not overplayed like many Beatles songs. I just learned to play this on guitar much to the chagrin of my neighbors due to the volume but to me that's the only way to play it.When I play it I think of the rooftop performance and what it must have been like to be working in your office one day only to be distracted by the tremendous sound outside from the best band of all time
  • Rick from Belfast, MeIve Got A Feeling and The Two Of Us definitely set the tone for the Let It Be album....
  • K from Nowhere, OnI always look forward to this song because it makes me so happy, to hear two completely different voices fitting together so nicely. :) It's... refreshing!!!
  • Michael from North Merrick, NyPaul certainly was the rocker of the group "vocally" listen to The White Album, Birthday is in addition to Helter Skelter one of the first true hard rock songs.
  • Michael from Gloucester, VaI wish john had finished "everybody had a good year," those lyrics are my favorite part of the song. but then again, i predict if he hadnt have had to conform to paul's tempo, he would have played it as slow as across the universe. (not that that would be bad, but i like the tempo its at now)
  • Nick from Seattle, Albaniaeveryone says john was the "rocker voice" of the groop...but Paul might have been better at it! this, helter skelter, the screem in hey jude...and more.
  • Bob from Chicago, IlDoes anyone else think this song bears a striking resemblance to George Harrison's "Wah Wah"?--just speed it up a bit.
  • Scott from Kings Park, NyMakes you wonder what they would have kept writing today if John was still around. I'm sure they had a few great albums left up their sleeve.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyIn the "Let It Be" movie, during a rehearsal of this song Paul shouts out "GOOD MORNING!" as an in-joke about how they hated to be there early in the morning. The Beatles were nocturnal, and almost always recorded in the evening or late at night, but due to the demands of film making, had to be in the studio in the morning.
  • Robert from Cambridge, NyOne of the highlights of Phil "I Think I Just Killed Somebody" Spector's version of "Let It Be". I've heard about 20 different outtakes of this song, and Phil did pick the best one. Incidently, there is an outtake of "Feeling" that includes a short burst of "Quinn The Eskimo".
  • Krista from Elyria, OhI'm listening to this right now! I love Let It Be!
  • Andrew from Indianapolis, Ino yea the rift after Paul screams "All these years I've been wandering around
    Wondering how come nobody told me
    All that I was looking for was somebody
    Who looked like you" is just brilliant, also does anybody notice that Paul seems to laugh after he yells when he sings "i've got a feeling"
  • Andrew from Indianapolis, Ini know a lot of beatles fans don't like it, but i think let it be...naked is times better than the orginal, esp. this song and don't let me down.
  • Emilia from New York City, NyI've got a feeling this song is incrdible
  • Tin Ear from Fullerton, CaIn the movie Let It Be, Lennon claims he wrote "Everybody Had a Hard Year" the night before. However, there is a BBC film of him singing the song on an acoustic guitar at his home in Ascot. My personal opinion is that he swiped the majority of the idea from Manfred Manns "Quinn the Eskimo" written by Dylan. The "everybody had a hard year" parts are uncannily alike. And there are also other familiarities as well.
  • Jack from Mesa, AzI think it's clear John sings "fool" 1st time and "foot" 2nd. Anyway, great song on underrated album. Phil Spector did excellent producing no matter what they say. On Let it Be...Naked they double-track Paul's voice and ruin it. It's Supposed to be raw- isn't that the idea? (And on Naked version he says "foot" both times).
  • Ian from Lethbridge, CanadaA horribly overlooked gem of a song.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoI only saw Let It Be once, almost 30 years ago now, but I remember Lennon looking quite annoyed when Paul was teaching him that part!
  • Kevin from Atwater, MoAll, Danny has it absolutely correct. The Fool was the company that John was referring to. If you can't hear it put on headphones. What a great song. For the song perfomrance on tour, it was indescribably incredible too in Seattle Nov 05.
  • Rosario from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaLove that song. One of the best beatles songs in the best beatle album.. awesome
  • Danny from Upstate, NyIt certainly sounds like John says "fool" the first time and "foot" the second time. The departure from the scripted lyric is not, however, a shot at Paul. In late 1967, the Beatles opened up shop at Apple Boutique, the headquarters of a company which for a little while was their toy of choice. For a few short weeks, the entire outer wall was covered with a several-story high mural designed and painted by a Dutch Art Company called "The Fool." The psychadelic masterpiece, unfortunately, was not in compliance with the City of Westminster and had to be taken down. This is most likely what John is referring to when he sings "everybody put the fool down."
  • Nathan from Downers Grove, IlThat bendy guitar noise in the middle...that's like the greatest moment in all of music
  • Robb from Hamburg, NyI wish I could sing like this
  • Josh from Erlanger, KyOne of the best. And John does say "Everybody put their foot down. BRILLIANT
  • Barry from New York, NyIt's amazing how well the two unfinished tunes fit together. Only Lennon and McCartney would be able to do something like this. Totally mind blowing in my opinion!!
  • Brendan from South Kent, CtPaul plays this song on the current tour. He plays quite a few good old Beatls songs. But he ripped this one out and the Garden went nuts.
    N-V-T-S, nuts! It was holy. I've never been shot such a boost at a concert, ever. I wish everybody who knows how good this song is could see/hear what I saw/heard. It really can't be described. And the old man's pipes? He's got 'em. He shredded it just like the original. Man, the guy tore it up.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhHey Michael, it doesn't sound like fool at all! I'm 100% sure its foot.
  • Hank from Hillsborough, NjLennon was singing about the recently ended 1968, where he had a "hard year" legally finalizing the divorce with Cynthia in order to marry Yoko.
  • John from Dublin, United StatesIt's the only song I'd use the word "groovy" to describe. Bursting at the edges with raw energy, and that earthy sound indicative of the Let it be album. There's an interesting scene in the Let It Be movie, where Paul is explaining to John how to play that descending sequence of squeeling guitar notes after the "looking for was somebody Who looked like you" line. Finally John twigs it. Strange it was John playing it. George must have been busy with another guitar part.
  • Auds from Aberdeenshire, Scotlandthis is a really uplifting song, the opening chords give way to building vocals and guitars,the feeling is so good that macca has to scream to express just how good it feels. then lennon calms things down with a gorgeous counterpoint, class!!
  • Barry from New York, NcNOBODY, not even the harshest lead vocalist of the most headbanging heavy metal band screamed like McCartney did in I've Got A Feeling. Man, it took me years to get used to this song, but now I love it. Crank it up when there are lots of people around, it's an awesome song.
  • Adam from Rochester, Nypaul's vocals are great on this track, and it is nice to hear john go on the lighter side, gives you a differant perspective, great song. beatles forever
  • Niki from Chicago, IlThis song is cool to watch from the Let It Be video. I like how they sang it.
  • Craig from Madison, WiI heard that Lennon thought that they should have switched singing parts. Lennon taking the more rocking parts that Paul wrote, McCarney taking the more laid back stuff. It makes sense on paper, since Lennon was the edgy guy, while Paul was the friendly guy. I think McCartney was right to sing against type. It subtly effects how the listener hears it, and throws off the balance a few degrees.
  • Steve from Cincinnati, OhMcCartney was POWERFUL on this song - as the lead vocalist and backup to John's section.

    Stevo, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Michael from San Francisco, CaThere's a hidden swipe at Paul in John's section: "Everybody put the fool down" (the lyrics read "put their foot down", but John doesn't sing that!).
  • Nick from Buffalo, NyThis song would have been a big hit if the boys were more focusted twards the end. It wasnt a hit because it's to ruff and raw. It's an awsome song that could have been so much more...but then again they could have over done it like Across the Universe,I love the song
  • Mike from London, EnglandI think Lennon's "everybody had a hard year" part really shows us that the Beatles' era and the 60s are ending. "Everybody let their hair down" and "saw the sun shine." Soon, the angry 70s would overtake the loving 60s and people would "pull their socks up," and "put the foot down." A nicer song to end the Beatles.
  • Mike from Jackson, NjAnother heavy song by The Beatles.
  • Steve from St Paul, MnPearl Jam did a great acoustic version of this song. It's on a bootleg disc with other acoustic songs from MTV unplugged. I believed the song was played in Amsterdam.
  • Tavers from Mesa, AzI really like this song because it sounds so raw. McCarneys ripping vocals are awesome and I love Lennons lyrics towards the end of the song.
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