The second song on The Beatles’ second album, ‘All I’ve Got To Do’ was started and completed in the same productive session that also saw the band begin recording ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ and ‘Little Child’.
Its main songwriter, John Lennon, was reportedly inspired by Smokey Robinson, and the opening chord and general lyrical theme recall The Miracles’ ‘You Can Depend On Me’.
That’s me trying to do Smokey Robinson again.
All We Are Saying, David Sheff
In the studio
The Beatles completed ‘All I’ve Got To Do’ in a single recording session, on 11 September 1963. In Many Years From Now, his biography of Paul McCartney, Barry Miles claims that Lennon played the song to McCartney just before they began recording it.
It took the group 14 takes to get the song right, though eight of those were false starts. They also recorded an overdub, which became take 15, the version used on the LP.
Although a strong Lennon song, ‘All I’ve Got To Do’ was never played live by the group; perhaps they felt its stop-start rhythms would prove too subtle to be heard above the screams of Beatlemaniacs.
What a great song!! Anyone thinking Ringo was not the greatest in their early years needs to listen to the tasteful arrangement he does on this great tune. Lennon’s vocal is as soulful as can be. I never get tired of listening to this. It really sums up the vibes of the era.
Hello to all, I will say that here with ALL I’VE GOT TO DO The Beatles further prove that they were ,even early on , the masters of spontaneous talents. I know for a fact that this song ALL I’VE GOT TO DO was NEVER performed past the recording of it on September 11th 1963. It never made it to the stage.BUT with out or with it still stands as a great tune that was learned that very afternoon in London by the other 3 Beatles who each put their wonderful souls on the recording.
Umm…..A good little song eh? Nice drums and guitar. I like it.
IMHO One of John’s best. Raw emotion. And the lyrics are quite clever, because first, it’s all about the girl who’s there for a guy and with just one line, he changes the song to make it about his love for her as well.
I bought the Complete Beatles Songbook on Amazon,com and I have been going through the songs, This one “All I’ve got to do” I love to play. The chords and arrangements. The Beatles played very sophiscated cords in the early days and made them work well. It gives me a great many hours of enjoyment.
What was the Overdub of?