Revolver album artworkWritten by: Harrison
Recorded: 11, 13 April 1966
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Released: 5 August 1966 (UK), 8 August 1966 (US)

Available on:
Yellow Submarine Songtrack


George Harrison: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, sitar
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass
Ringo Starr: tambourine
Anil Bhagwat: tabla
Other musicians: sitar, tambura

Following the sitar motif on ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’, ‘Love You To’ was The Beatles’ first full attempt at recording a piece of music in the classical Indian style.

At the time George Harrison was learning the sitar from Ravi Shankar, who inspired him to learn more about Indian music and Eastern religion.

I wrote ‘Love You To’ on the sitar, because the sitar sounded so nice and my interest was getting deeper all the time. I wanted to write a tune that was specifically for the sitar. Also it had a tabla part, and that was the first time we used a tabla player.
George Harrison

Recorded under the working title ‘Granny Smith’, ‘Love You To’ shows Harrison’s burgeoning interest in philosophy – as well as his love for new wife Pattie whom he married on 21 January 1966.

A short extract from the song was included in the animated film Yellow Submarine, in the scene where Harrison’s character first appears.

George Harrison's lyrics to the Revolver song Love You To

In the studio

Recording began on 11 April 1966. Take one was George Harrison singing while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, and Paul McCartney on backing vocals. Take three saw the introduction of the sitar, which appeared again as an overdub onto take six, along with tabla, bass and fuzz guitar.

‘Love You To’ was finished on 13 April. Harrison added more vocals, Ringo Starr played tambourine, and McCartney contributed falsetto harmonies, the last of which were left out of the final mix.

Previous song: ‘I’m Only Sleeping’
Next song: ‘Here, There And Everywhere’