Beatles For Sale album artworkWritten by: Holly
Recorded: 18 October 1964
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 4 December 1964 (UK), 14 June 1965 (US)

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

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Beatles For Sale
On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2

Written and recorded by Buddy Holly in 1957, Words Of Love was the only of his songs to be recorded by The Beatles.

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A number of Buddy Holly's songs had been performed live by The Beatles from their earliest days. These included That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, It's So Easy, Maybe Baby, Think It Over, Raining In My Heart, and Crying, Waiting, Hoping.

The Beatles' name was partly inspired by Holly's backing group, The Crickets. All four members were keen Holly fans, and in 1976 McCartney bought the publishing rights to his songs.

The group had performed Words Of Love between 1958 and 1962, with Lennon and Harrison singing. For the Beatles For Sale recording, however, Lennon and McCartney shared vocal duties.

Buddy Holly was completely different; he was out of Nashville, so that introduced us to the country music scene. I still like Buddy's vocal style. And his writing. One of the main things about The Beatles is that we started out writing our own material. People these days take it for granted that you do, but nobody used to then. John and I started to write because of Buddy Holly. It was like, 'Wow! He writes and is a musician'.
Paul McCartney
Anthology

Words Of Love was first released in the UK on the Beatles For Sale album, the group's fourth. In the US it was included on the Beatles VI collection.

Although Words Of Love was the only Buddy Holly song in The Beatles' canon, they did busk a version of Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues during the Get Back sessions in 1969. While not written by Holly, the song was originally released in 1957 as the b-side to Words Of Love. The Beatles' version was eventually included on Anthology 3.

In the studio

Words Of Love was the final song recorded on 18 October 1964, during which they recorded seven songs in nine hours in a rush to finish the album.

The Beatles recorded the song in two takes, along with a vocal overdub. Ringo Starr played a suitcase along with his drums, in homage to Jerry Allison's performance on Holly's Everyday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5nARZKS-AY

Lyrics

Hold me close
And tell me how you feel
Tell me love is real

Words of love
You whisper soft and true
Darling I love you

Let me hear you say
The words I long to hear
Darling when you're near

Words of love
You whisper soft and true
Darling I love you