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

A doo-wop satire sung by McCartney, ‘You’ll Be Mine’ is unsophisticated teenage fun complete with falsetto harmonies, although John 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

The recording

‘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’.

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