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With A Little Help From My...

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"With a Little Help from My Friends" (originally titled A Little Help from My Friends) is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, released on The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. The song was written for and sung by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

The song was written specifically as Starr's track for the album. It was briefly called Bad Finger Boogie, later the inspiration for the band Badfinger. Lennon and McCartney deliberately wrote a tune with a limited range - except for the last note, which McCartney worked closely with Starr to achieve. Speaking in the Anthology, Starr insisted on changing the first line which originally was "What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you throw ripe tomatoes at me?" He changed the lyric so that fans would not throw tomatoes at him should he perform it live. (In the early days, after George Harrison made a passing comment that he liked jelly babies, the group was pelted with them at all of their live performances.)

The song's composition is unusually well documented as Hunter Davies was present and described the writing process in the Beatles' official biography.

The song reads like a conversation between the singer and a group of people. For example, "Would you believe in a love at first sight/Yes I'm certain that it happens all the time". In the preceding quotation from the lyrics, the other three Beatles sing the first line, with Starr answering in the following one.

The band started recording the song the same day that they posed for the Sgt. Pepper album cover (30 March 1967). The session finished at 7:30 the following morning.

[stolen from http://en.wikipedia.org/w iki/With_A_Little_Help_Fr om_My_Friends]



yu better not sing out of key or ima kick the nex guy i seez ass...

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ericdrebin responds:

"What would you do if I sang out of tune?"
"I'd kick the ass of the next I guy I see".
"Lend me your ears..."

Totally makes for awesome lyrics.


it being a Beatles song it gets a ten
but...you cant edit a Beatles song,u just cant
thats why you lost A point

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ericdrebin responds:

I totally agree with you. In retrospect, I regret the drums, I don't think they match the feeling of the song (also theres a few parts where I sing out of tune, which is kinda funny).


isnt this a beatles song? how can you submit that?

ericdrebin responds:

It's a cover, and it's one of my favorite songs. You can submit covers (just look up Gary Jule's version of 'Mad World', it's been submitted like a million and six times [which would a cover of a cover]).

them friends...

haha ok MY mom would love this, it so eclectic and soothing. really original way to document a musical classic without sounding at all cliché.

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ericdrebin responds:

Thanks. My mom would probably like it, too (exceot for the drums, maybe). I personally really like some of the singin, and really hate some of the singing.
Thanks for the review.

my song

this is my favorate beatles song

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ericdrebin responds:

Mine too.

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3.54 / 5.00

Feb 29, 2008
4:33 PM EST
File Info
5.3 MB
2 min 55 sec

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