The Beatles' White Album – 2018 super deluxe box set with six CDs and Blu-rayWritten by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 16 September 1968
Producer: Chris Thomas
Engineer: Ken Scott

Released: 9 November 2018

Paul McCartney: vocals
John Lennon: percussion
Ringo Starr: maracas

Available on:
The Beatles (White Album) 50th anniversary box set

One of several improvised performances taped by The Beatles during the recording of I Will, a snippet of Can You Take Me Back? was included between Cry Baby Cry and Revolution 9 on the White Album.

It was taped on 16 September 1968, the first of two sessions for I Will. Can You Take Me Back? was take 19 of I Will, although it was listed as Jam – Unidentified on the tape box.

The recording featured just three of The Beatles – Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. During the session they played several additional songs, including Step Inside Love, Los Paranoias, Blue Moon, and The Way You Look Tonight.

A 28-second snippet of Can You Take Me Back? was included on the White Album, taken from the end of the recording. On the compact disc version the song was part of Cry Baby Cry, rather than its own track.

The snippet was included on the 2006 mashup album Love, towards the end of a Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry medley. Can You Take Me Back was treated with lashings of echo, transposed down a semitone from F minor to E minor, and combined with strings from Eleanor Rigby.

The full version was widely bootlegged prior to its release on 9 November 2018, on the deluxe 50th anniversary box set of the White Album. There it was listed as Can You Take Me Back? (Take 1), although no further takes are known to exist.

On the recording, John Lennon is heard to say "Are you happy here, honey?" This is a quotation from Voices Of Old People, a spoken-word piece on Simon & Garfunkel's 1968 album Bookends. Lennon's aside prompts McCartney to improvise several lines around the phrase.

Lyrics

Oh no brother
Can you take me?
Can you take me by the hand?

Oh no brother
Can you take me?
Can you take me by the hand?

All you brother
Please vibrato
Oh no take me back

Can you take me?
Can you take me?
Can you take me back?

Anybody, can you take me?
Can you take me back?
Take me back to where I have came from
Oh take me back

[Are you happy here, honey?]

I am happy here my honey
Can you take me back?
I ain't happy here my honey
Can you take me back?

Can you take me, can you take me
Can you take me back?
I ain't happy here honey
Can you take me back?

Can you take me back where I came from?
Can you take me back?
Can you take me back where I came from?
Can you take me back?

Are you happy here honey, happy?
Are you happy here?
I ain't happy here my honey
Can you take me back?

Can you take me back where I came from?
Can you take me back?
Can you take me back where I came from?
Can you take me back?

Are you happy living here honey?
Honey are you happy living here?
I ain't happy living here baby
Honey can you take me back?

Can you take me back where I came from?
Can you take me back?
Can you take me back where I came from?
Brother can you take me back?

Can you take me back?

Mmm can you take me where I came from?
Can you take me back?