I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)

Live At The BBC album artworkWritten by: Thomas-Biggs
Recorded: 16 July 1963
Producer: Terry Henebery

Released: 30 November 1994 (UK), 5 December 1994 (US)

John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: vocals, bass
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

Available on:
Live At The BBC

One of three Elvis Presley songs recorded for BBC radio, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) was recorded for the eighth edition of the Pop Go The Beatles programme.

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The song was written in 1953 by Joe Thomas and Howard Biggs. It became best known after appearing on Elvis Presley's self-titled debut album in 1956.

Whereas Elvis performed the song in a rockabilly country style, The Beatles recorded it with plenty of rock 'n' roll gusto. Ringo Starr - who always professed to hating drum solos - is the undisputed star of the show, executing the introduction and a series of virtuoso fills with roof-raising energy.

The BBC version was recorded on 16 July 1963 at the BBC Paris Studio, London, and was first broadcast on 6 August.

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) had been a part of The Beatles set for some time, which helps explain how they could play such a frenetic rocker without missing a beat. They performed it on the Star-Club tapes in December 1962, which give an even better idea of the rock 'n' roll powerhouse that they were as a live act.

Lyrics

I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you
I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you
And if you ever say goodbye
And if you ever even try
I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you

I'm gonna love you more and more every day
I'm gonna love you more and more every way
And if you ever say goodbye
And if you ever even try
I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you

I'm gonna tell your mama
Tell your papa too
So they'll know exactly what I'm gonna do
If you ever say goodbye
If you ever even try
I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you

Wah-hoo!

I'm gonna tell your Mama
Tell your Papa too
So they'll know exactly what I'm gonna do
If you ever say goodbye
If you ever even try
I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you
I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you
I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you

5 responses on “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)

  1. Bill

    Roy Hamilton did the original. Elvis Presley covered it on his first LP in 1956, & The Beatles’ arrangement is radically different from either one of those. They made it their own, much in the same way that Jerry Lee Lewis did with “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On”, when you compare his version of that song to the earlier ones by Roy Hall & Big Maybelle.

  2. Felipe

    What Ringo does in drums at this track is awesome, for 1963! That’s a good track to show to the brainless who dares about Ringo.. What other drummer played like him at that time?

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