Get Back/Let It Be sessions: complete song list

The following is a complete list of songs performed by The Beatles and Billy Preston during the January 1969 rehearsals and sessions for the Get Back/Let It Be project.

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The list is ordered alphabetically, and contains all songs, including presumed titles where brief fragments of unpublished or improvised compositions were performed. There were also numerous miscellaneous jams which are not listed here.

Where the song is not a well-known one in The Beatles' canon, composer credits or the version upon which The Beatles based their version have been added. In the case of improvised songs, which are marked by an asterisk, the principal composers are noted.

Each list item ends with the dates during January 1969 on which the songs were performed.

  • A Case Of The Blues (Lennon) - 2 January
  • Ach Du Lieber Augustin (trad) - 24
  • Across The Universe - 6, 7, 9
  • Act Naturally - 25
  • Adagio for Strings (Samuel Barber) - 3, 8, 10
  • Agent Double-O-Soul (Edwin Starr) - 26
  • All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan) - 3
  • All I Want Is You* (Lennon) - 21
  • All Shook Up (Elvis Presley) - 3
  • All Things Must Pass (Harrison) - 2, 3, 6, 8, 28, 29
  • All Together Now - 9
  • Almost Grown (Chuck Berry) - 8
  • Also* (McCartney) - 29
  • Annie (Lennon) - 6
  • Another Day (McCartney) - 9, 25
  • Around And Around (Chuck Berry) - 24
  • As Clear As A Bell* (McCartney) - 14
  • Baa, Baa, Black Sheep (trad) - 8, 9
  • Baby, Come Back (The Equals) - 8, 13
  • Baby, Let's Play House (Elvis Presley) - 27
  • Back In The USSR - 3
  • The Back Seat Of My Car (McCartney) - 14
  • Bad Boy - 24
  • The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde (Georgie Fame) - 8
  • Balls To Your Partner* (trad) - 24
  • Be-Bop-A-Lula (Gene Vincent) - 7, 9
  • Bear Cat Mama (Jimmie Davis) - 31
  • Because I Know You Love Me So* (Lennon-McCartney) - 3
  • Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velázquez) - 29
  • Black Dog Blues (Blind Blake) - 31
  • Blossom Dearie They Call Me* (Lennon) - 21
  • Blowin' In The Wind (Bob Dylan) - 3
  • Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins) - 3
  • Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas) (Jimmie Rodgers) - 28
  • Bo Diddley (Bo Diddley) - 7, 28, 29
  • Boogie Woogie (Lennon) - 8
  • Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke) - 3, 27
  • Bring Your Own Band (McCartney) - 29
  • Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry) - 2, 24
  • Build Me Up Buttercup (The Foundations) - 8, 13, 31
  • Bye Bye Love (The Everly Brothers) - 25
  • Cannonball (Duane Eddy) - 25, 29
  • Carol (Chuck Berry) - 22
  • Carry That Weight - 6, 7, 9
  • A Case Of The Blues (Lennon) - 7
  • Catch A Falling Star (Perry Como) - 10
  • Cathy's Clown (The Everly Brothers) - 24
  • Catswalk (McCartney) - 24
  • Child Of Nature (Lennon) - 2, 24, 28
  • Chopsticks (Euphemia Allen) - 3
  • C'mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran) - 10
  • C'mon Marianne (The Four Seasons) - 6
  • Cocaine Blues (Johnny Cash) - 14
  • Commonwealth* (Lennon-McCartney) - 9
  • Crackin' Up (Bo Diddley) - 3
  • Crazy Feet* (McCartney) - 25
  • Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Buddy Holly) - 29
  • Cuddle Up (McCartney) - 7
  • Danny Boy (trad) - 30
  • The Day I Went Back To School (McCartney) - 14
  • Daydream (The Lovin' Spoonful) - 21
  • Dear Prudence - 10
  • 'Deed I Do (Fred Rose/Walter Hirsch) - 31
  • Devil In Her Heart - 7
  • Dig A Pony - 2, 7, 8, 13, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30
  • Dig It - 24, 26, 28, 29
  • Diggin' My Potatoes (Lonnie Donegan) - 24
  • Dizzy Miss Lizzy - 6
  • Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (Tex Ritter) - 26
  • Do The Bunny Hop* (Lennon) - 21
  • Domino (Doris Day/Andy Williams) - 8
  • Don't Be Cruel (Elvis Presley) - 10
  • Don't Let Me Down - 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying (Ray Charles) - 26
  • Don't Start Running* (Lennon) - 14
  • Early In The Morning (Buddy Holly) - 25
  • Enoch Powell* (McCartney) - 9
  • Every Little Thing - 3
  • Every Night (McCartney) - 21, 24
  • Everybody Got Song* (Lennon) - 2
  • Everything's Alright (Billy Preston) - 23
  • Fancy My Chances With You (Lennon-McCartney) - 24
  • Fast Train To San Francisco* (Beatles jam) - 25
  • FBI (The Shadows) - 7, 8
  • First Call (trad) - 7
  • Five Feet High And Rising (Johnny Cash) - 21, 31
  • Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart (Johnny Cash) - 14
  • The Fool (Sanford Clark) - 8, 21
  • Fools Like Me (Jerry Lee Lewis) - 6, 8
  • For You Blue - 6, 7, 9, 21, 25, 29
  • Forty Days (Ronnie Hawkins) - 21
  • Frère Jacques (trad) - 6
  • Friendship (Cole Porter) - 31
  • From Me To You - 7
  • Get Back - 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • Get Off* (Lennon-McCartney) - 9
  • Get On The Phone* (Lennon-McCartney) - 3
  • Get Your Rocks Off* (Harrison) - 8
  • Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen By The Sea (The Four Lads) - 21
  • Gimme Some Truth (Lennon) - 3, 7
  • God Save The Queen (trad) - 30
  • Going Up The Country (Canned Heat) - 3, 22
  • Golden Slumbers - 7, 9
  • Gone, Gone, Gone (Carl Perkins) - 7
  • Good Rockin' Tonight (Elvis Presley) - 9, 21
  • Greasepaint On Your Face* (McCartney) - 28
  • Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) - 26
  • Green Onions (Booker T and the MGs) - 24
  • Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Ray Charles) - 21
  • Happiness Runs (Donovan) - 23
  • Hare Krishna Mantra (Hindu chant) - 8
  • Hava Nagilah (trad) - 27
  • Hear Me Lord (Harrison) - 6
  • Hello, Dolly! (Louis Armstrong) - 14
  • Hello, Goodbye - 24
  • Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp) (Allan Sherman) - 8
  • Help! - 23
  • Her Majesty - 9, 24
  • Hey Good Lookin' (Hank Williams) - 31
  • Hey Hey Georgie* (Harrison) - 23
  • Hey Jude - 3
  • Hey Liley, Liley Lo (The Vipers Skiffle Group) - 24
  • Hey Little Girl (In The High School Sweater) (Dee Clark) - 29
  • Hi Heel Sneakers (Tommy Tucker) - 10, 27
  • High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis) - 6, 26
  • The Hippy Hippy Shake (Chan Romero) - 3
  • Hitch Hike (Marvin Gaye) - 3, 9
  • Honey Hush (The Johnny Burnette Trio) - 8, 9
  • Honky Tonk (Bill Doggett) - 29
  • Hot As Sun (McCartney) - 24
  • House Of The Rising Sun (The Animals) - 9
  • How Do You Tell Someone?* (Harrison) - 28
  • How Do You Think I Feel (Elvis Presley) - 8
  • (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones) - 24
  • I Got Stung (Elvis Presley) - 31
  • I Got To Find My Baby - 29
  • I Left My Home In The World* (McCartney) - 26
  • I Lost My Little Girl (Lennon-McCartney) - 25
  • I Me Mine - 8
  • I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan) - 2, 7, 22
  • I Threw It All Away (Bob Dylan) - 9
  • I Told You Before* (Beatles jam) - 26, 27
  • I Walk The Line (Johnny Cash) - 29
  • I Want To Thank You (Billy Preston) - 23
  • I Want You (Bob Dylan) - 6
  • I Want You (She's So Heavy) - 28, 29, 30, 31
  • I Will Always Look For You* (McCartney) - 28
  • If You Need Me* (McCartney) - 23
  • I'll Get You - 23
  • I'll Wait Till Tomorrow* (Lennon-McCartney) - 3
  • I'm A Man (Bo Diddley) - 21
  • I'm A Tiger (Lulu) - 3
  • I'm Beginning To See The Light (Duke Ellington) - 21
  • I'm Going To Knock Him Down Dead* (Lennon) - 8
  • I'm Gonna Pay For His Ride* (McCartney) - 6
  • I'm Movin' On (Ray Charles) - 26
  • I'm Ready (Fats Domino) - 21, 22
  • I'm So Tired - 3
  • I'm Talking About You (Chuck Berry) - 6, 10, 25
  • In The Middle Of An Island (Tony Bennett) - 21
  • The Inner Light - 28
  • Is It Discovered* (Harrison) - 3
  • Is That A Chicken Joke?* (Beatles jam) - 21
  • Isn't It A Pity (Harrison) - 25, 26
  • It Ain't Me Babe (Bob Dylan) - 6
  • It Blew Again* (Lennon) - 23
  • It Was So Blue* (McCartney) - 26
  • It's Good To See The Folks Back Home* (McCartney) - 2
  • It's Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty) - 10
  • I've Been Good To You (The Miracles) - 3
  • I've Got A Feeling - 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • Jazz Piano Song (McCartney-Starr) - 14
  • Jenny, Jenny (Little Richard) - 9
  • Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry) - 14, 22
  • Junk (McCartney) - 9
  • Just Fun (Lennon-McCartney) - 8
  • Kansas City - 26
  • Knee Deep In The Blues (Guy Mitchell/Marty Robbins) - 24
  • Lady Jane (The Rolling Stones) - 14
  • Lady Madonna - 7, 24, 31
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Lloyd Price) - 26
  • Leaning On A Lamppost (George Formby) - 6
  • Let It Be - 3, 8, 9, 10, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • Let It Down (Harrison) - 2, 22, 26, 29
  • Let's Dance (Chris Montez) - 6, 21
  • Let's Twist Again (Chubby Checker) - 23
  • Life Is What You Make It* (Beatles jam) - 8
  • Like A Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan) - 26
  • Little Demon (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) - 24, 27
  • Little Piece Of Leather (Lennon) - 26
  • Little Queenie (Chuck Berry) - 21
  • Little Yellow Pills (Jackie Lomax) - 25, 26
  • Lonely Sea (The Beach Boys) - 24
  • The Long And Winding Road - 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31
  • Long Tall Sally - 10
  • Loop De Loop (Johnny Thunder) - 6
  • Lost John (Lonnie Donegan) - 31
  • Lotta Lovin' (Gene Vincent) - 7, 29
  • Love Is A Swingin' Thing (The Shirelles) - 24
  • Love Is The Thing To Me* (Billy Preston) - 23
  • Love Me Do - 28
  • Love Story (Randy Newman) - 25
  • Lovely Rita - 24
  • Lowdown Blues Machine (McCartney) - 7
  • Lucille (Little Richard) - 3, 7
  • MacArthur Park (Richard Harris) - 8
  • Mack The Knife (Bobby Darin) - 10
  • Madman (Lennon) - 14, 21
  • Maggie Mae - 24
  • Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues (Buddy Holly) - 2, 29
  • Malagueña (trad) - 8
  • Mama, You Been On My Mind (Bob Dylan) - 9
  • Martha My Dear - 10, 14, 25
  • Maureen* (Bob Dylan/Harrison) - 6
  • Maxwell's Silver Hammer - 3, 7, 8, 10
  • Maybe Baby (Buddy Holly) - 29
  • Maybellene (Chuck Berry) - 24
  • Mean Mr Mustard - 8, 14, 23, 25
  • Michael Row The Boat Ashore (Lonnie Donegan) - 24
  • Midnight Special (Lonnie Donegan) - 3
  • The Mighty Quinn (Bob Dylan) - 2
  • Milk Cow Blues (Kokomo Arnold) - 21
  • Miss Ann (Little Richard) - 26
  • Money (That's What I Want) - 3, 6
  • Move It (The Shadows) - 9
  • Mr Bassman (Johnny Cymbal) - 8
  • Mr Epstein Said It Was White Gold* (McCartney) - 7
  • My Baby Left Me (Elvis Presley) - 21
  • My Back Pages (Bob Dylan) - 7
  • My Imagination* (McCartney) - 6
  • My Rock And Roll Finger Is Bleeding* (Lennon) - 21
  • My Words Are In My Heart* (McCartney) - 3
  • Nashville Cats (The Lovin' Spoonful) - 25
  • Negro In Reserve* (Lennon-McCartney) - 3
  • New Orleans (Gary US Bonds) - 21
  • Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - 7, 9
  • Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly) - 29
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - 3, 8, 13, 14, 24
  • Octopus's Garden - 6, 23, 26
  • Oh Baby I Love You* (McCartney) - 14
  • Oh! Darling - 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 22, 23, 27, 31
  • Oh How I Love The 12-Bar Blues* (Lennon) - 21
  • Oh Julie, Julia* (McCartney) - 7
  • Old Brown Shoe - 27, 28, 29
  • On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner) - 14
  • On A Sunny Island* - 10
  • On The Road Again (Canned Heat) - 3, 8, 13, 25
  • One After 909 - 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 28, 29, 30
  • One Way Out (Elmore James) - 8
  • Otis Sleep On (Arthur Conley) - 8, 13
  • Over And Over Again* (McCartney) - 3
  • The Palace Of The King Of The Birds (McCartney) - 6, 7, 9
  • Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (James Brown) - 21
  • Party (Elvis Presley) - 31
  • The Peanut Vendor (Louis Armstrong) - 10
  • Peggy Sue Got Married (Buddy Holly) - 29
  • Penina (McCartney) - 9
  • Picasso (Starr) - 3
  • Piece Of My Heart (Erma Franklin) - 3, 25
  • Pillow For Your Head* (McCartney - 24
  • Please Mrs Henry (Bob Dylan) - 3
  • Please Please Me - 23, 25
  • Polythene Pam - 24
  • Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan) - 28
  • A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (Irving Berlin) - 3, 30
  • Queen Of The Hop (Bobby Darin) - 21
  • A Quick One, While He's Away (The Who) - 10
  • Quit Your Messing Around* (Lennon) - 9
  • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan) - 28
  • Ramblin' Woman* (Harrison) - 3, 9
  • Ramrod (Duane Eddy) - 24
  • Revolution - 2, 7
  • Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo (Carl Perkins) - 6, 8, 31
  • Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle And Roll/Blue Suede Shoes - 26
  • The River Rhine* (McCartney) - 28
  • Rock-A-Bye Baby (trad) - 24
  • Rock And Roll Music - 7, 8
  • Rock Island Line (Lonnie Donegan) - 24
  • Rocker (Beatles jam) - 22
  • Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu (Huey 'Piano' Smith) - 26
  • Rule Britannia (trad) - 7, 29
  • Run For Your Life - 21, 31
  • Sabre Dance (Love Sculpture) - 3
  • San Ferry Ann* (McCartney) - 21
  • San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller) - 14
  • Save The Last Dance For Me (The Drifters) - 22, 27
  • School Day (Chuck Berry) - 24
  • Send Me Some Loving (Little Richard) - 6
  • Sexy Sadie - 29
  • Shakin' In The Sixties* (Lennon) - 9
  • Shazam (Duane Eddy) - 23, 25, 28
  • She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - 6, 7, 8, 9, 21, 24, 29
  • She Gets Heavy* (Lennon) - 29
  • She Said She Said - 8
  • She Said Yeah (Larry Williams) - 24
  • She's A Woman - 10
  • Short Fat Fannie (Larry Williams) - 3, 24
  • A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Arthur Alexander) - 7
  • Shout (The Isley Brothers) - 7, 8, 21
  • Singing The Blues (Guy Mitchell) - 24, 29
  • Slippin' And Slidin' (Little Richard) - 9
  • Soldier Of Love (Arthur Alexander) - 24
  • Some Other Guy (Richard Barrett) - 22, 29
  • Somethin' Else (Eddie Cochran) - 7, 21
  • Something - 28, 29
  • Song Of Love* (McCartney) - 14
  • Sorry I Left You Bleeding* (Lennon) - 25
  • Sorry Miss Molly* (McCartney) - 29
  • SOS (Edwin Starr) - 26
  • Speak To Me (Jackie Lomax) - 2, 7
  • St Louis Blues (WC Handy) - 8
  • Stand By Me (Ben E King) - 8, 24
  • Step Inside Love - 31
  • Sticks And Stones (Ray Charles) - 28
  • Strawberry Fields Forever - 27
  • Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (Bob Dylan) - 7
  • Suicide (McCartney) - 26
  • Sun King - 2, 3, 10
  • Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (Carl Perkins) - 6
  • Suzy's Parlour (Lennon) - 9
  • Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry) - 8, 24
  • Tales Of Frankie Rabbit (Lennon-McCartney) - 31
  • Take These Chains From My Heart (Ray Charles) - 27
  • Take This Hammer (Lonnie Donegan) - 14, 25, 31
  • Taking A Trip To Carolina (Starr) - 3
  • Talking Blues (McCartney) - 14
  • A Taste Of Honey - 22
  • Tea For Two Cha-Cha (Tommy Dorsey) - 3, 28
  • The Teacher Was A-Lookin'* (group jam) - 2
  • Teddy Boy (McCartney) - 9, 24, 28, 29
  • Tell All The Folks Back Home* (McCartney) - 8
  • Tennessee (Carl Perkins) - 9
  • That'll Be The Day (Buddy Holly) - 9
  • That's All Right (Mama) (Elvis Presley) - 6, 21
  • Theme from The Beatles Cartoons - 10
  • There You Are, Eddie* (McCartney - 24
  • They Call Me Fuzz Face* (McCartney) - 6
  • Thinking Of Linking (Lennon-McCartney) - 3, 29
  • Third Man Theme (Anton Karas) - 3
  • Thirty Days (Chuck Berry) - 6, 7
  • Three Cool Cats (The Coasters) - 3, 29
  • Tiger Rag (Original Dixieland Jass Band) - 24
  • Through A London Window - 10
  • Till There Was You - 10
  • To Kingdom Come (The Band) - 7, 8
  • Together In Love* (Billy Preston) - 23
  • Too Bad About Sorrows (Lennon-McCartney) - 8, 21
  • Torchy, The Battery Boy (McCartney) - 3
  • The Tracks Of My Tears (The Miracles) - 6, 25, 26
  • True Love (Elvis Presley) - 8
  • Turkey In The Straw (trad) - 31
  • Twelfth Street Rag (Euday L Bowman) - 31
  • Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran) - 23
  • Twist And Shout - 8, 26
  • Two Of Us - 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31
  • Unless He Has A Song* (Billy Preston) - 28
  • Use What You Got (Billy Preston) - 23
  • Vacation Time (Chuck Berry) - 29
  • The Walk (Jimmy McCracklin) - 27
  • Watch Your Step (Bobby Parker) - 21
  • Watching Rainbows (Lennon) - 14
  • Water, Water* (McCartney) - 27
  • The Weight (The Band) - 3
  • Well... Alright (Buddy Holly) - 2
  • Well, If You're Ready* (McCartney) - 8
  • Well It's Eight O'Clock* (Lennon) - 25
  • Well, Well, Well* (McCartney) - 21
  • We're Goin' Home* (group jam) - 2
  • What Am I Living For (Chuck Willis) - 8
  • What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford And The Checkmates) - 3
  • What The World Needs Now Is Love (Jackie DeShannon) - 7
  • What'd I Say (Ray Charles) - 7, 24
  • What's The Use Of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again) (Louis Jordan) - 3
  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Chauncey Olcott/George Graff Jr) - 21
  • When The Saints Go Marching In (trad) - 6
  • When You're Drunk You Think Of Me (trad) - 3
  • Where Have You Been (Arthur Alexander) - 24
  • Whispering (John Schoenberger/Richard Coburn/Vincent Rose) - 21
  • William Smith Boogie* (Beatles jam) - 21
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Jerry Lee Lewis) - 3
  • When I'm Sixty-Four - 7
  • Window, Window (Harrison) - 21, 24, 25, 26
  • Woman (McCartney) - 14
  • Woman Where You Been So Long* (Beatles jam) - 7
  • Won't You Please Say Goodbye* (Lennon-McCartney) - 3
  • Words Of Love - 23
  • You Are Definitely Inclined Towards It* (Lennon) - 14
  • You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis/Charles Mitchell) - 21, 27
  • You Can't Catch Me (Chuck Berry) - 24
  • You Can't Do That - 3
  • You Got Me Going (McCartney) - 8
  • You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) - 14
  • You Gotta Give Back* (Beatles jam) - 21
  • You Really Got A Hold On Me - 26
  • You Wear Your Women Out* (McCartney) - 6
  • You Win Again (Jerry Lee Lewis) - 8
  • You Won't Get Me That Way* (McCartney) - 27
  • Your Name Is Ted* (Beatles jam) - 3
  • Your True Love (Carl Perkins) - 3
  • You're So Good To Me (The Beach Boys) - 24
  • (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (Elvis Presley) - 7
  • You've Been Acting Strange (Billy Preston) - 23
  • You've Got Me Thinking (Jackie Lomax) - 21

* presumed title.

23 responses on “Get Back/Let It Be sessions: complete song list

    1. Joe Post author

      It’s introduced by Lennon on the tape as Suzy’s Parlour, and they sing the phrase repeatedly in the song. It was copyrighted as Suzy Parker by EMI in 1971, but that doesn’t appear to have been The Beatles’ own title.

    1. Joe Post author

      It was a one-line improvised tune based around the title – little more than a fragment. Perhaps McCartney retained a liking for the title. That happened quite a lot during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions; ideas bubbled up then went back under, only to resurface again in a different form at a later date.

    1. Joe Post author

      Much as I respect Mark Lewisohn, his accounts of the January 1969 sessions really aren’t particularly thorough; they offer the merest hint of all the songs The Beatles and Preston played.

      ‘Blues’ was most likely a note scribbled by a tape operator on the day; Billy Preston actually played half a dozen solo songs for The Beatles on 23 January, two of which (Love Is The Thing To Me and Together In Love) have presumed titles. The others were Everything’s Alright, I Want To Thank You, You’ve Been Acting Strange and Use What You Got.

  1. Randy

    OK, this is out of control. WHERE can I hear these? It’s a crime not to share them with the world. Somebody get on he phone to Paul and Yoko….

  2. King Lud

    For all Beatles fans and anyone interested in the Get Back/Let It Be Sessions I have a full-length promo LP with cover artwork hand-drawn by John Lennon with possible contributions by Paul, George and Ringo. Visit my website for it at http://www.rarebeatlesalbum.com and post any thoughts or insights you have about it. Is the legend of King Lud ever mentioned in connection with the Beatles?

  3. Nick

    Am I mistaken, or is “Midnight Special” a “traditional” song that was developed over time, largely by prison inmates, with the actual writer or writers unknown. I know Lonnie Donnegan did a version of it but I don’t think he wrote it.

  4. BILLY SHEARS

    Holy smoke! I can’t believe the amount of songs on this list! To get our hands on these recordings would be priceless!. To play all these songs and not have the magic back again must say a lot about the relationships between the lads at the time. ‘Build me up Buttercup”? I can hear it. It’s interesting to see how many Paul and George songs are on the list that made it onto their single albums – but were apparently not good enough for Beatle albums.

  5. Joe Brennan

    For info: Balls to Your Partner is not by McCartney. It’s a very bawdy pub song called The Ball of Inverness (or of another town, depending on the source). It has a standard first and last verse, and the lads could sing any intermediate verse in any order, with original verses welcome. Google just found me a fine version of lyrics here, as an example. NSFW!

    1. Joe Post author

      I haven’t a clue if he’s singing “You better move on” or some other line (just after the seven-minute point, if anyone else wants to listen), but I definitely don’t think he was singing the Arthur Alexander song in that clip. I’m pretty sure it’s not Watching Rainbows either.

  6. Michael Eddowes

    Dear Joe, according to Wikipedia, John’s “Mind Games” was begun in 1969 and can be heard in the Beatles’ Let It Be sessions and was originally titled “Make Love, Not War”. I appreciate Wikipedia is far from infallible but is there any truth in this?

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