Song facts: It's Only Love

It's Only Love is a Beatles' song written primarily by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was released on the band's Help! album and on the American version of Rubber Soul, in 1965.

Lennon wasn't particularly fond of the song; a sentiment shared by McCartney and many others.

"It's Only Love is mine. I always thought it was a lousy song. The lyrics were abysmal. I always hated that song." - John Lennon
"Sometimes we didn't fight it if the lyric came out rather bland on some of those filler songs like 'It's Only Love'. If a lyric was really bad we'd edit it, but we weren't that fussy about it, because it's only a rock 'n' roll song. I mean, this is not literature..." - Paul McCartney
John Lennon 1965. 

John Lennon 1965. 

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Recording

The Beatles recorded It's Only Love on June 15th, 1965. Six takes of the rhythm track were taped, two of which were incomplete. John overdubbed his vocals onto take six and George added guitar, with a tremolo effect.

The second take of was released on Anthology 2 in 1996, along with the incomplete third take.

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Paul McCartney – bass guitar
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine

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