Hallelujah, I Love Her So

Anthology 1 album artworkWritten by: Ray Charles
Recorded: 1960

Released: 21 November 1995

Paul McCartney: vocals, guitar
John Lennon: guitar
George Harrison: guitar
Stuart Sutcliffe: bass

Available on:
Anthology 1

In early 1960 The Beatles recorded a number of songs at Paul McCartney’s family home at 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool. Among the songs was Hallelujah, I Love Her So, written by Ray Charles.

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Charles had first recorded the song in 1956, but it had been a more recent hit in February 1960 for Eddie Cochran. Paul McCartney bought the Cochran single, and sang lead vocals in The Beatles’ rudimentary version.

[Eddie Cochran] was a very good guitar player and that’s what I remember most. I was very impressed by not only his songs, but by his cover numbers, like Ray Charles’s Hallelujah, I Love Her So.
George Harrison
Anthology

The Beatles are known to have recorded at least 16 songs at the Forthlin Road rehearsal, along with a number of untitled instrumentals and improvisations. Three songs were released in 1995 on Anthology 1; the others were You’ll Be Mine and Cayenne.

The group’s version of Hallelujah, I Love Her So had appeared on bootlegs for some time, in a version lasting 2’22″. The Anthology 1 version sped up the recording, changing the key from A to B flat, and reducing the running time to 1’13″. It also omitted the second verse, a middle eight and the somewhat ramshackle guitar solo – presumably played by Harrison.

Hallelujah, I Love Her So remained in the group’s repertoire for some time. It was recorded again at their concert at the Star-Club, Hamburg, on 31 December 1962. They dropped it soon after, and it was never attempted in the studio.

Lyrics

Let me tell you ’bout a girl I know
She’s my baby and I love her so
Every morning when the sun comes up
She brings me coffee in my favourite cup
Then I know, yes I know
Hallelujah, I just love her so

When I call her on the telephone
‘Hear me, baby, I’m all alone’
Before I’m counting from one to four
She’ll be knocking on the door

In the evening when the sun goes down
And there ain’t nobody else around
She kisses me and then she holds me tight
Says, ‘Baby, everything’s alright’
That’s why I know, yes I know
Hallelujah, I just love her so
Hallelujah, I just love her so
Hallelujah, I just love that chick so

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