Song facts: Got to Get You into My Life

Got to Get You into My Life is a Beatles' song written primarily by Paul McCartney, and released on the band's Revolver album in 1966.

Paul McCartney at a Revolver recording session, 1966.

Paul McCartney at a Revolver recording session, 1966.

The song was also released as a single in the US in 1976, when The Beatles' compilation album Rock 'n' Roll Music was issued; Helter Skelter was included as the single's B-side. It peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100; The Beatles last top-ten US single before Free as a Bird in 1995. 

Origins

Although John Lennon interpreted the lyrics as refrencing LSD, Paul later claimed it was written about marijuana.

Got to Get You into My Life single, 1976.

Got to Get You into My Life single, 1976.

"Paul's again. I think that was one of his best songs, too, because the lyrics are good and I didn't write them. You see? When I say that he could write lyrics if he took the effort, here's an example. It actually describes the experience taking acid. I think that's what he's talking about. I couldn't swear to it, but I think that it was a result of that." - John Lennon

"Got To Get You Into My Life was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot. I'd been a rather straight working-class lad but when we started to get into pot it seemed to me to be quite uplifting... I didn't have a hard time with it and to me it was mind-expanding, literally mind-expanding.

So Got To Get You Into My Life is really a song about that, it's not to a person, it's actually about pot. It's saying, I'm going to do this. This is not a bad idea. So it's actually an ode to pot, like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret." - Paul McCartney

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – double-tracked lead vocal, bass
  • John Lennon – rhythm guitar, organ
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  • Eddie Thornton – trumpet
  • Ian Hamer – trumpet
  • Les Condon – trumpet
  • Alan Branscombe – tenor saxophone
  • Peter Coe – tenor saxophone

Recording

Got to Get You into My Life was the second song The Beatles recorded for Revolver, after John Lennon's Tomorrow Never Knows. Recording began on April 6th 1966, but nothing from this session was kept; the following day on April 7th The Beatles began to shape the song the way they wanted it. One of the takes recorded on this day was later released on Anthology 2.

In order to get the right brass sound they were looking for on the track, John and Paul hired Eddie Thornton and Peter Coe of The Blue Flames, a group they knew from the London club scene. 

"The Beatles wanted a definite jazz feel. Paul and George Martin were in charge. There was nothing written down but Paul sat at the piano and showed us what he wanted and we played with the rhythm track in our headphones. I remember that we tried it a few times to get the feel right and then John Lennon, who was in the control room, suddenly rushed out, stuck his thumb aloft and shouted 'Got it!' George Harrison got a little bit involved too but Ringo sat playing draughts in the corner." - Peter Coe