Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby

Written by: Singleton-Hall
Recorded: 24 June 1961
Producer: Bert Kaempfert
Engineer: Karl Hinze

Released: April 1964

Tony Sheridan: vocals
John Lennon: rhythm guitar
George Harrison: lead guitar
Paul McCartney: bass guitar
Pete Best: drums

Also known as If You Love Me, Baby, Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby was recorded by The Beatles and Tony Sheridan in 1961 in Hamburg.

Written by Charles Singleton and Waldenese Hall, it was first recorded by Jimmy Reed, who released it as a single in 1959.

The song was covered by Sheridan and The Beatles at Studio Rahlstedt in Hamburg, Germany on 24 June 1961. It was the last of three days of recordings produced by Bert Kaempfert, in which The Beatles recorded several other songs including My Bonnie and The Saints.

The song was first released in Germany in April 1964 on the Polydor album The Beatles’ First, which collated a number of the group’s studio recordings from Hamburg.

On 29 May 1964 the single Ain’t She Sweet/If You Love Me, Baby (Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby) was released in the UK as Polydor NH 52-317. It featured new drums overdubbed by Bernard Purdie.

Three days later, on 1 June 1964, it was the b-side of Sweet Georgia Brown, a single released in the US as ATCO 63102.

Lyrics

If you leave me, baby
I don’t know what I’d do
I guess I would die, sweetheart
If I don’t get a kiss from you

Take out some insurance on me, baby
Take out some insurance on me, baby
Well, if you ever, ever, say goodbye
I’m gonna haul right off and die

Oh, if you want me, baby
You’ve gotta come to me
Mmm, I’m just like a stump in a field
You just can’t move me

Take out some insurance on me, baby
Woo, some insurance on me, baby
Well, if you ever, ever, say goodbye
I’m gonna haul right off and die

Well, if you want me, baby
Mmm, you’ve gotta come to me
I’m just like a stump in a field
You just can’t move me

Take out some insurance on me, baby
Mmm, some insurance on me, baby
Well if you ever, ever, say goodbye
I’m gonna haul right off and die

Well, if you leave me baby
I don’t know what I’d do
I guess I would die, sweetheart
If I don’t get a kiss from you

Take out some insurance on me, baby
Woo, some goddamned insurance on me, baby*
If you ever, ever, say goodbye
I’m gonna haul right off and die

*Edited as “Mmm, some insurance on me, baby” for the Atco release

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