You’ll Be Mine

Anthology 1 album artworkWritten by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 1960

Released: 21 November 1995

Paul McCartney: vocals, guitar
John Lennon: vocals, guitar
George Harrison: guitar
Stuart Sutcliffe: bass

Available on:
Anthology 1

Recorded at Paul McCartney's family home in early 1960, You'll Be Mine was a parody of US vocal group The Ink Spots.

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A doo-wop satire sung by McCartney, You'll Be Mine is unsophisticated teenage fun complete with falsetto harmonies, although Lennon's spoken word interlude does give an earlier indicator of the wordplay later used in his books In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works.

My darling,
When you burnt that toast the other morning
I, I looked into your eyes
And I could see that National Health eyeball
And I love you
Like I've never done
Like I've never done before

You'll Be Mine was taped at 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, during a time when The Beatles were finding it hard to make headway as a group. The recordings are the only ones known which feature Stuart Sutcliffe on bass guitar.

Of the 16 songs known to have been recorded at the Forthlin Road rehearsal, just three were released on 1995's Anthology 1; the others were Cayenne and Hallelujah, I Love Her So.

8 responses on “You’ll Be Mine

  1. Raymond

    “It takes musical mastership to make your audience laugh deliberately”
    Hm, wonder who said that?

    (Just did…)

    Any way, this little diddle shows the grrreat crossmusicology (wordplay) of the Beatles, even at the age of four… – Or what was it again, at the time??

  2. McLerristarr

    To me it sounds like “brought that toast” or “brought me that toast” not burnt. That’s what lyrics websites and Wikipedia seem to think as well.

    1. Joe Post author

      It’s tricky to tell. It sounds like he’s saying ‘brurnt’ – somewhere between the two.

      I don’t think there’s a ‘me’ in there though: on the bootleg version I have, which is at a slightly lower pitch and slower tempo than the Anthology version, there’s some tape distortion before the word ‘that’ (it temporarily cuts out). I presume they cleaned it up while preparing Anthology for release, smoothing over the distortion but leaving a bit more confusion too.

  3. David

    Despite the atrocious recording, this is a remarkably musical parody, and a very good piece of vocals. I had to sit through several Inkspots (aka Stinkpots) records when I was young, and this captures the essence of them really well.

    I wonder when The Quarrymen actually performed this…

    Incidentally, I’m SURE it’s “when I brought you that toast”…

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