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Information on how the Beatles wrote the lyrics to the songs on the With The Beatles album can be navigated from below.
Beatles Album: With the beatles: Track 11
Lyrics: Lennon and McCartney
Covered by: Rolling stones (Single got to Number 12)
The lyrics of the song I wanna be your man were written by Paul McCartney, with the aim of writing a song for Ringo’s somewhat limited vocal range.
Paul abandoned the song as he was finding it very problematic to write the middle eight section. He then saw an old friend walking by, Andrew Oldham, who was the manager of the rolling stones and let him share their taxi. Oldham was concerned that he did not have a follow up for the stone’s first single, (at this time the stones were not writing their own material) and Paul put forward the unfinished I wanna be your man.
They were then taken to studio 51 and played it to the stones, Brian Jones liked it but was concerned that it was not finished, and they needed to get a single out for Decca straight away. Such was the creativity of John and Paul they nipped of to an adjoining room and finished writing off the track in minutes. The stones took the song to number 12 in the charts, and further established themselves. John Lennon considered the song to be a completely throw away track and is quoted as saying “we weren’t going to give them anything great, right?”
The Beatles recorded the track the day after they finished writing it with Ringo on lead vocals as originally intended, john and Paul did the harmony vocals; Lennon also played an Hammond Organ I wanna be your man.
John Lennon: Harmony vocals, rhythm guitar, Hammond organ.
Paul McCartney: harmony vocals, Bass guitar.
George Harrison: Lead Guitar
Ringo Starr: Lead vocals, Drums, Maracca