Song facts: Ticket to Ride, Another Girl, I Need You

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride was primarily written by John Lennon with contributions from Paul McCartney. According to Lennon, McCartney's input was minor, but Paul recalls writing the song with John during an intense three hour songwriting session. 

The meaning of the lyrics are a little vague. McCartney has said Ticket to Ride refers to a railway ticket to the town of Ryde on the Isle of White; while Lennon has said it refers to a card carried around by Hamburg prostitutes in the 60s, stating to clientele that they have a clean bill of health.

The word ride is used as slang in England for having sex. 

Personnel  

  • John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass guitar, lead guitar
  • George Harrison – twelve-string lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
John Lennon filming Help! on the Salisbury Plain, 1965. 

John Lennon filming Help! on the Salisbury Plain, 1965. 

Ticket To Ride/Yes It Is single sleeve. Japan, 1965.

Ticket To Ride/Yes It Is single sleeve. Japan, 1965.

Paul McCartney 1965. 

Paul McCartney 1965. 

Another Girl

Another Girl was written by Paul McCartney while holidaying in Tunisia in 1965. The song appears on The Beatles' Help! album and film of the same name; it was performed in the Bahamas with The Beatles standing on coral reef on Balmoral Island, near New Providence Island. 

Another Girl has been criticised by some as being album filler; something McCartney has disputed. 

"It's a bit much to call them fillers because I think they were a bit more than that, and each one of them made it past the Beatles test. We all had to like it. If anyone didn't like one of our songs it was vetoed. It could be vetoed by one person. If Ringo said, 'I don't like that one,' we wouldn't do it, or we'd have to really persuade him." - Paul McCartney

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocal, bass guitar, lead guitar
  • John Lennon – harmony vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • George Harrison – harmony vocal, electric rhythm guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums

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I Need You

George Harrison's songwriting was starting to blossom nicely in 1965. The quiet Beatle wrote I Need You for inclusion on The Beatles' Help! album. This was Harrison's second Beatles' song, having written and recorded Don't Bother Me in 1963.

I Need You is thought to be written for Pattie Boyd, Harrison's then girlfriend who he met during the filming of A Hard Day's Night and later married in 1966.

Personnel

  • George Harrison – double-tracked vocal, twelve-string lead guitar
  • John Lennon – harmony vocal, nylon-string acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, cowbell
George Harrison filming Help! 1965.

George Harrison filming Help! 1965.

Recording

On February 15th 1965, The Beatles began work on their forthcoming Help! album. The first three songs were recorded on this day; starting with Ticket to Ride in the afternoon.

They recorded the basic rhythm track for Ticket to Ride in two takes. McCartney played bass and lead guitar on the song and also allegedly suggested the distinctive drum pattern played by Ringo.

During the evening session the band worked on Another Girl and I Need You. Vocals were added the following day on February 16th.

Release

Ticket to Ride, Another Girl and I Need You were released on The Beatles' Help! album on August 6th 1965 in the UK, and on the US version of the album on August 13th.

Ticket to Ride was also released as a single on April 9th 1965 in the UK and in the US on April 19th. It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on May 22nd 1965, The Beatles' third of six US number one singles in a row. John Lennon's Yes Its Is was included as the single's B-side.

It also reached number one in the UK on April 22nd 1965.

Help! album cover, 1965. 

Help! album cover, 1965. 

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