WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

John Lennon - Paul McCartney

THE BEATLES / JOE COCKER                                                                   1967 / 1968                                                                   Capitol / A&M Records
The Beatles version:

Album track from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Time - 2:46.
Released in U.S.A. May 26, 1967.

Recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studio, London, England, March 29–30, 1967. Produced by George Martin. Engineered by Geoff Emerick and .

Joe Cocker version:

The second single from the album With a Little Help from My Friends. Chart: #68. Time - 5:12. Flip Side: "Something's Coming On". Released in U.S.A. 1968.

Recorded in London, England, 1968. Produced by Denny Cordell.

This is one of the few songs to have two definitive versions. The reason is both versions are totally different. The song was written by Lennon/McCartney specifically for Ringo, as he always had one song per album, and he did not write. During this period Hunter Davies was writing The Beatles: The Authorised Biography and his version of the writing appeared in the book. It was about Ringo himself, as he did not have the writing and vocal range the other three had, but got by with a little help.... The Beatles version was more pop. The next year, Joe Cocker took the song and made it rock. Recorded for his first real album, the song did not even make the top 40. It wasn't until the Woodstock 1969 performance that this version became legendary. It was one of the two greatest performances of the festival (the other being Jimi Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner.) - Larry -


                     

Personnel

   Ringo Starr - lead vocals, drums
   George Harrison - rhythm/lead guitars, background vocal
   Paul McCartney - piano, bass, backing vocals
   John Lennon - cowbell, backing vocals
   George Martin - hammond organ

Personnel

   Joe Cocker - lead vocals, guitar
   Jimmy Page - lead guitar
   Chris Stainton - bass
   B.J. Wilson - drums
   Tommy Eyre - organ

Joe Cocker - 2013:The Guardian

(on Woodstock) "We were kind of lucky because we got on stage real early. It took about half the set just to get through to everybody, to that kind of consciousness. You're in a sea of humanity and people aren't necessarily looking to entertain you. We did Let's Go Get Stoned by Ray Charles, which kind of turned everybody around a bit, and we came off looking pretty good that day. A lot of other artists didn't enjoy themselves at all."

Paul McCartney - Many Years From Now

"This was written out at John's house in Weybridge for Ringo; we always liked to do one for him and it had to be not too much like our style. I think that was probably the best of the songs we wrote for Ringo actually. ... It was pretty much co-written, John and I doing a work song for Ringo, a little craft job. I always saw those as the equivalent of writing a James Bond film theme. It was a challenge, it was something out of the ordinary for us because we actually had to write in a key for Ringo and you had to be a little tongue in cheek. Ringo liked kids a lot, he was very good with kids so we knew ‘Yellow Submarine’ would be a good thing for Ringo to sing. In this case, it was a slightly more mature song, which I always liked very much."

John Lennon - 1970:Rolling Stone

“Paul had the line about ‘a little help from my friends.’ He had some kind of structure for it, and we wrote it pretty well fifty-fifty from his original idea.”

Ringo Starr - Anthology

"The song With A Little Help From My Friends was written specifically for me, but they had one line that I wouldn't sing. It was 'What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?' I said, 'There's not a chance in hell am I going to sing this line,' because we still had lots of really deep memories of the kids throwing jelly beans and toys on stage; and I thought that if we ever did get out there again, I was not going to be bombarded with tomatoes."

John Lennon - 1980:Playboy

"That’s Paul with a little help from me. “What do you see when you turn out the light?/I can’t tell you but I know it’s mine” is mine."

YOU TUBE BEATLES STUDIO TRACK YOU TUBE LYRIC VIDEO YOU TUBE RINGO & PAUL LIVE 2009 YOU TUBE COCKER STUDIO TRACK OFFICIAL VIDEO YOU TUBE COCKER LIVE, Woodstock festival, 1969 What would you do if I sang out of tune Would you stand up and walk out on me ? Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song And I'll try not to sing out of key Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends What do I do when my love is away (Does it worry you to be alone ?) How do I feel by the end of the day (Are you sad because you're on your own ?) No, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Do you need anybody I need somebody to love Could it be anybody I want somebody to love Would you believe in a love at first sight Yes I'm certain that it happen all the time What do you see when you turn out the light I can't tell you but I know it's mine Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Do you need anybody, I just need someone to love Could it be anybody, I want somebody to love Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends with a little help from my friends