Song facts: I'm a Loser

On August 14th 1964, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song I'm a Loser, for inclusion on their forthcoming Beatles for Sale album; it was also released on Beatles '65. The song was considered as a single for the album until John wrote I Feel Fine.

Recording took place at Abbey Road where the track was completed in only eight takes. On the same day The Beatles also taped Mr. Moonlight and Leave My Kitten Alone; the latter wasn't released until The Beatles' first Anthology album in 1995. 

"I'm A Loser is me in my Dylan period, because the word 'clown' is in it. I objected to the word 'clown', because that was always artsy-fartsy, but Dylan had used it so I thought it was all right, and it rhymed with whatever I was doing.
Part of me suspects I'm a loser and part of me thinks I'm God Almighty." - John Lennon
"Looking back on it I think songs like 'I'm a Loser' and 'Nowhere Man' were John's cries for help. We used to listen to quite a lot of country and western songs and they are all about sadness and 'I lost my truck' so it was quite acceptable to sing 'I'm a loser' ... It's only later you think, God! I think it was brave of John." - Paul McCartney


  • John Lennon – lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass guitar
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
 Beatles for Sale album cover, 1964. 

Beatles for Sale album cover, 1964. 

 John Lennon at a Beatles for Sale session, 1964. 

John Lennon at a Beatles for Sale session, 1964. 

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