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The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions.

Song lyrics[edit]

All songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, unless noted.


  • You think you lost your love,
    When I saw her yesterday.
    It's you she's thinking of
    And she told me what to say.
    She says she loves you
    And you know that can't be bad.
    Yes, she loves you
    And you know you should be glad. Ooh!
  • Oh yeah, I´ll tell you something
    I think you´ll understand
    When I say that something
    I wanna hold your hand.
  • That boy took my love away,
    He'll regret it someday,
    But this boy wants you back again.
    That boy isn't good for you,
    Tho' he may want you too,
    This boy wants you back again.
  • Baby's good to me, you know,
    She's happy as can be, you know,
    She said so.
    I'm in love with her and I feel fine.

    I'm so glad that she's my little girl.
    She's so glad she's telling all the world.

  • My love don't give me presents.
    I know that she's no peasant,
    Only ever has to give me love forever and forever.
    My love don't give me presents.
    Turn me on when I get lonely,
    People tell me that she's only
    Foolin', I know she isn't.
  • Got a good reason for taking the easy way out.
    Got a good reason for taking the easy way out now.
    She was a day tripper, a one way ticket yeah.
    It took me so long to find out, and I found out.
  • Try to see it my way
    Do I have to keep on talking 'til I can't go on?
    While you see it your way
    Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.

    We can work it out.
    We can work it out.

  • Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
    It took me years to write, will you take a look?
    Based on a novel by a man named Lear.
    And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer,
    Paperback writer.
  • When the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
    They might as well be dead.
    If the rain comes, if the rain comes.
  • Lady Madonna, children at your feet,
    Wonder how you manage to make ends meet.
    Who finds the money when you pay the rent?
    Did you think that money was heaven sent?
  • Without going out of my door
    I can know all things on earth
    Without looking out of my window
    I can know the ways of Heaven
    The farther one travels
    The less one knows.
  • Hey Jude don't make it bad,
    Take a sad song and make it better,
    Remember, to let her into your heart,
    Then you can start to make it better.
  • I'm in love for the first time.
    Don't you know it's gonna last?
    It's a love that lasts forever,
    It's a love that had no past.
  • Christ! You know it ain't easy,
    You know how hard it can be.
    The way things are going,
    They're going to crucify me.
  • Saving up your money for a rainy day,
    Giving all your clothes to charity.
    Last night the wife said,
    "Oh boy, when you're dead
    You don't take nothing with you
    But your soul - think!"
    • The Ballad of John and Yoko (1969)
  • Whatever happened to the life that we once knew
    Can we really live without each other?
    Where did we lose the touch
    That seemed to mean so much?
    It always made me feel so
    Free as a bird.
  • All my little plans and schemes,
    Lost like some forgotten dreams.
    Seems that all I really was doing
    Was waiting for you.

Please Please Me (1963)[edit]

  • Well, she was just seventeen,
    You know what I mean,
    And the way she looked was way beyond compare,
    So how could I dance with another,
    Oh when I saw her standing there
  • Last night I said these words to my girl
    I know you never even try girl
    Come on, come on, come on, come on,
    Please please me oh yeah like I please you.
  • Love, love me do.
    You know I love you,
    I'll always be true,
    So please, love me do.
    Whoa, love me do.
  • As I write this letter, send my love to you,
    Remember that I'll always be in love with you.
    Treasure these few words till we're together
    Keep all my love forever.
    P.S. I love you, you, you, you.
  • Listen, do you want to know a secret,
    Do you promise not to tell, Whoa-o-oh
    Closer let me whisper in your ear,
    Say the words you long to hear,
    I'm in love with you, ooh-o-ooh.

With the Beatles (1963)[edit]

  • Whenever I... want you around yeah,
    All I gotta do...
    Is call you on the phone,
    And you'll come running home,
    Yeah that's all I... gotta do.
  • Close your eyes and I'll kiss you,
    Tomorrow I'll miss you,
    Remember I'll always be true,
    And then while I'm away,
    I'll write home every day,
    And I'll send all my loving to you.
  • Little child, little child,
    little child, won't you dance with me?
    I'm so sad and lonely,
    Baby take a chance with me.
  • It feels so right now, hold me tight,
    Tell me I'm the only one,
    And then I might,
    Never be the lonely one.
    So hold me tight, to-night, to-night,
    It's you, you you you - oo-oo - oo-oo.
  • Tell me that you love me baby,
    Like no other can.
    Love me like no other baby,
    Like no other can.
    I wanna be your man,
    I wanna be your man.

A Hard Day's Night (1964)[edit]

See also: A Hard Day's Night (film)
  • It's been a hard day's night,
    And I've been working like a dog,
    It's been a hard day's night,
    I should be sleeping like a log,
    But when I get home to you,
    I find the things that you do,
    Will make me feel alright.
  • You know I work all day,
    To get you money to buy you things,
    And it's worth it just to hear you say,
    You're gonna give me ev'rything,
    So why on earth should I moan,
    ‘Cos when I get you alone, You know I feel okay.
    • A Hard Day's Night
  • I should have known better with a girl like you,
    That I would love everything that you do,
    And I do, hey hey hey, and I do.
  • That when I tell you that I love you, oh
    You're gonna say you love me too, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, oh
    And when I ask you to be mine,
    You're gonna say you love me too.
    • I Should Have Known Better
  • If I fell in love with you
    Would you promise to be true?
    And help me understand?
    'Cause I've been in love before.
    And I found that love was more
    Than just holding hands.
  • I don't want to kiss or hold your hand.
    If it's funny, try and understand.
    There is really nothing else I'd rather do.
    'Cause I'm happy just to dance with you.
  • She gives me ev'rything,
    And tenderly,
    The kiss my lover brings,
    She brings to me,
    And I love her.
  • I'll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too
    I may not have a lot to give but what I got I'll give to you.
    I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love.
  • I got something to say that might cause you pain,
    If I catch you talking to that boy again,
    I'm gonna let you down, and leave you flat.
    Because I told you before, oh, you can't do that.

Beatles for Sale (1964)[edit]

  • I tried to telephone,
    They said you were not home,
    That's a lie.
    'Cause I know where you've been,
    I saw you walk in your door.
    I nearly died, I nearly died.
    'Cause you walked hand in hand
    With another man in my place.
  • I'm a loser,
    And I've lost someone who's near to me.
    I'm a loser,
    And I'm not what I appear to be.
  • Oh dear, what can I do?
    Baby's in black and I'm feeling blue.
    Tell me, oh what can I do?
    She thinks of him and so she dresses in black,
    And though he'll never come back, she's dressed in black.
  • One day you'll look and see I've gone,
    For tomorrow may rain so I'll follow the sun.
    Some day you'll know I was the one,
    But tomorrow may rain so I'll follow the sun.
  • Ooh I need your love babe, guess you know it's true,
    Hope you need my love babe just like I need you,
    Hold me, love me,
    Hold me, love me,
    I ain't got nothin' but love babe,
    Eight days a week.

Help! (1965)[edit]

See also: Help! (film)
  • Help me if you can, I'm feeling down,
    And I do appreciate you being around,
    Help me get my feet back on the ground,
    Won't you please, please help me?
  • We said our goodbyes, ah, the night before.
    Love was in your eyes, ah, the night before.
    Now today I find you have changed your mind.
    Treat me like you did the night before.
  • If you don't take her out tonight,
    She's going to change her mind.
    And I will take her out tonight,
    And I will treat her kind.
    You're going to lose that girl,
    You're going to lose that girl.
    If you don't treat her right, my friend,
    You're going to find her gone.
    'Cause I will treat her right, and then
    You'll be the lonely one.
  • She's got a ticket to ride,
    She's got a ticket to ri - hi - hide,
    She's got a ticket to ride, but she don't care.
  • I've just seen a face I can't forget the time or place where we just met,
    She's just the girl for me and I want the world to see we've met.
  • Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
    Now it looks as though they're here to stay
    Oh, I believe in yesterday.
  • Why she had to go
    I don't know,
    She wouldn't say.
    I said something wrong,
    Now I long
    For yesterday.
    • Yesterday

Rubber Soul (1965)[edit]

  • Asked a girl what she wanted to be,
    She said, baby can't you see?
    I wanna be famous, a star of the screen,
    But you can do something in between.
    Baby, you can drive my car, yes I'm gonna be a star,
    Baby, you can drive my car, and maybe I'll love you.
  • When I call you up,
    Your line's engaged.
    I have had enough,
    So act your age.
    We have lost the time
    That was so hard to find.
    And I will lose my mind
    If you won't see me.
  • He's a real Nowhere Man,
    Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
    Making all his Nowhere plans for nobody.
    Doesn't have a point of view,
    Knows not where he's going to,
    Isn't he a bit like you and me?
  • Say the word and you'll be free.
    Say the word and be like me.
    Say the word I'm thinking of.
    Have you heard the word is love?
    It's so fine, it's sunshine.
    It's the word, love.
  • Michelle ma belle
    These are words that go together well,
    My Michelle,
    Michelle ma belle,
    Sont les mots qui vont très bien ensemble
    Tres bien ensemble.
  • Was she told when she was young the pain would lead to pleasure?
    Did she understand it when they said
    That a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure,
    Will she still believe it when he's dead?
    Ah girl, girl.
  • Why, tell me why, did you not treat me right?
    Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight.
  • There are places I'll remember
    All my life though some have changed.
    Some forever not for better.
    Some have gone and some remain.
    All these places have their moments
    With lovers and friends I still can recall.
    Some are dead and some are living.
    In my life, I've loved them all.
  • Though I know I'll never lose affection
    For people and things that went before
    I know I'll often stop and think about them
    In my life I love you more.
    • In My Life
  • Well I'd rather see you dead, little girl
    Than to be with another man.
    You better keep your head, little girl
    Or I won't know where I am.

    You better run for your life if you can, little girl
    Hide your head in the sand little girl.
    Catch you with another man,
    That's the end'a little girl.

Revolver (1966)[edit]

  • If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
    If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat,
    If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat,
    If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.
    ‘Cos I'm the Taxman,
    Yeah, I'm the Taxman.
    • Taxman, written by George Harrison
  • Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been,
    Lives in a dream.
    Waits at the window, wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door,
    Who is it for?
    All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
    All the lonely people, where do they all belong?
  • Father McKenzie, writing the words of a sermon that no-one will hear,
    No one comes near
    Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there,
    What does he care?
    All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
    All the lonely people, where do they all belong?
    • Eleanor Rigby
  • Here, making each day of the year,
    Changing my life with the wave of her hand.
    Nobody can deny that there's something there.

    There, running my hands through her hair.
    Both of us thinking how good it can be.
    Someone is speaking but she doesn't know he's there.

    I want her everywhere and if she's beside me
    I know I need never care.
    But to love her is to need her everywhere.
    Knowing that love is to share.

  • So we sailed on to the sun,
    Till we found the sea of green,
    And we lived beneath the waves,
    In our yellow submarine.
  • She said, "I know what it's like to be dead.
    I know what it is to be sad."
    And she's making me feel like I've never been born.
  • I need to laugh and when the sun is out,
    I've got something I can laugh about.
    I feel good in a special way,
    I'm in love and it's a sunny day.
  • You tell me that you've got everything you want
    And your bird can sing.
    But you don't get me, you don't get me.
  • And in her eyes you see nothing,
    No sign of love behind the tears
    Cried for no one.
    A love that should have lasted years!

    You want her, you need her.
    And yet you don't believe her when she said her love is dead.
    You think she needs you.

  • I was alone, I took a ride,
    I didn't know what I would find there.
    Another road where maybe I could see another kind of mind there.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)[edit]

It was twenty years ago today,
That Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.
They've been going in and out of style,
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile.…
  • It was twenty years ago today,
    That Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.
    They've been going in and out of style,
    But they're guaranteed to raise a smile.
    So may I introduce to you
    The act you've known for all these years,
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • What would you think if I sang out of tune?
    Would you stand up and walk out on me?
    Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song,
    And I'll try not to sing out of key.
    Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends,
    I get high with a little help from my friends,
    I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends.
  • Picture yourself in boat on a river,
    With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
    Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
    A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
  • I used to get mad at my school
    The teachers who taught me weren't cool.
    You're holding me down, turning me round
    Filling me up with your rules.
    I've got to admit it's getting better,
    A little better all the time.
  • I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
    And stops my mind from wandering
    Where will it go.
  • She [We gave her most of our lives]
    is leaving [Sacrificed most of our lives]
    home [We gave her everything money could buy]
    She's leaving home after living alone
    For so many years. Bye, bye.
  • For the benefit of Mr. Kite
    There will be a show tonight on trampoline.
    The Hendersons will all be there,
    Late of Pablo Fanque's Fair - what a scene!
    Over man and horses hoops and garters,
    Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
    In this way Mr. K. will challenge the world!
  • We were talking
    About the space between us all.
    And the people who hide themselves
    Behind a wall of illusion
    Never glimpse the truth.
    Then it's far too late
    When they pass away.
  • When I get older losing my hair,
    Many years from now.
    Will you still be sending me a valentine,
    Birthday greetings bottle of wine?
    If I'd been out till quarter to three
    Would you lock the door?
    Will you still need me, will you still feed me
    When I'm sixty-four?
  • Lovely Rita meter maid, nothing can come between us.
    When it gets dark I tow your heart away.
    Standing by a parking meter,
    When I caught a glimpse of Rita.
    Filling in the ticket in her little white book.
  • Going to work don't want to go feeling low down;
    Heading for home you start to roam then you're in town.
    Everybody knows there's nothing doing;
    Everything is closed it's like a ruin;
    Everyone you see is half asleep.
    And you're on your own, you're in the street.
    Good morning, good morning.
  • I read the news today, oh boy.
    About a lucky man who made the grade
    And though the news was rather sad
    Well I just had to laugh.
    I saw the photograph.
  • I read the news today, oh boy,
    four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire.
    And though the holes were rather small,
    They had to count them all.
    Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
    I'd love to turn you on.
    • A Day in the Life

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)[edit]

  • Roll up for the Mystery Tour!
    The Magical Mystery Tour is coming to take you away,
    Coming to take you away.
    The Magical Mystery Tour is dying to take you away,
    Dying to take you away - take you today.
  • But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down.
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning 'round.
  • Let's all get up and dance to a song
    That was a hit before your mother was born.
    Though she was born a long, long time ago,
    Your mother should know. [Ahh, your mother should know]
  • I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
    See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly.
    I'm crying.

    Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.
    Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday.
    Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.
    I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
    I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.

  • You say goodbye and I say hello.
    Hello, hello.
    I don't know why you say goodbye,
    I say hello.
  • Living is easy with eyes closed,
    Misunderstanding all you see.
    It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out,
    It doesn't matter much to me.
    • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs
    Of every head he's had the pleasure to have known.
    And all the people that come and go
    Stop and say hello.
  • There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
    Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
    Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game.
    It's easy.
    All you need is love.

The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)[edit]

  • Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out.
    They leave the West behind.
    And Moscow girls make me sing and shout.
    That Georgia's always on my mind.
    I'm back in the U.S.S.R..
    You don't know how lucky you are, boys.
    Back in the U.S.S.R..
  • Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play.
    Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day.
    The sun is up, the sky is blue.
    It's beautiful and so are you.
  • I told you about Strawberry Fields
    You know the place where nothing is real.
    Well here's another place you can go,
    Where everything flows.
    Looking through the bent backed tulips
    To see how the other half live.
    Looking through a glass onion.
  • Happy ever after in the market place
    Desmond lets the children lend a hand.
    Molly stays at home and does her pretty face
    And in the evening she still sings it with the band.
  • The children asked him if to kill was not a sin.
    "Not when he looked so fierce", his mother butted in.
    If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him.
    All the children sing...
    Hey, Bungalow Bill,
    What did you kill
    Bungalow Bill?
  • I don't know why nobody told you how to unfold your love
    I don't know how someone controlled you;
    They bought and sold you.
    I look at the world and I notice it's turning,
    While my guitar gently weeps.
  • Happiness is a warm gun.
    Happiness is a warm gun mama.
    When I hold you in my arms
    And I feel my finger on your trigger,
    I know nobody can do me no harm.
    Because happiness is a warm gun mama.
  • Hold your head up you silly girl look what you've done.
    When you find yourself in the thick of it,
    Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you.
    Silly girl.
  • Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these broken wings and learn to fly.
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise.
  • Have you seen the little piggies,
    Crawling in the dirt?
    And for all the little piggies,
    Life is getting worse.
    Always having dirt to play around in.
  • Now the doctor came in, stinking of gin
    And proceeded to lie on the table.
    He said, 'Rocky you met your match'
    And Rocky said, 'Doc it's only a scratch
    And I'll be better, I'll be better Doc as soon as I am able.'
  • Yes I'm lonely wanna die.
    Yes I'm lonely wanna die.
    If I ain't dead already,
    Ooh girl you know the reason why.
  • When I get to the bottom, I go back to the top of the slide,
    Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride.
    Get to the bottom and I see you again.
    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
  • You say you want a revolution.
    Well, you know,
    We all want to change the world.
    You tell me that it's evolution.
    Well, you know,
    We all want to change the world.
    But when you talk about destruction,
    Don't you know that you can count me out in?
    Don't you know it's gonna be all right.
    All right, all right.

Yellow Submarine (1968)[edit]

See also: Yellow Submarine (film)
  • Some kind of happiness is measured out in miles.
    What makes you think you're something special when you smile?
  • Some kind of innocence is measured out in years,
    You don't know what it's like to listen to your fears.
    • Hey Bulldog

Abbey Road (1969)[edit]

  • He wear no shoeshine he got toe-jam football
    He got monkey finger he shoot coca-cola
    He say "I know you, you know me"
    One thing I can tell you is you got to be free.
    Come together right now over me.
  • Got to be good looking
    Cause he's so hard to see.
    • Come Together
  • Something in the way she moves
    Attracts me like no other lover,
    Something in the way she woos me.
    I don't want to leave her now,
    You know I believe her now.
  • Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
    Came down upon her head.
    Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
    Made sure that she was dead.
  • When you told me you didn't need me anymore,
    Well you know I nearly broke down and cried.
    When you told me you didn't need me anymore,
    Well you know I nearly broke down and died.
  • Oh what joy for every girl and boy knowing they're happy and they're safe.
    We would be so happy, you and me, no one there to tell us what to do,
    I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus's garden with you.
  • Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting,
    Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear.
    Here comes the sun, here comes the sun.
    It's all right, it's all right.
  • You never give me your money;
    You only give me your funny paper.
    And in the middle of negotiations,
    You break down.
    I never give you my number,
    I only give you my situation.
    And in the middle of investigation,
    I break down.
  • She came in through the bathroom window,
    Protected by a silver spoon.
    But now she sucks her thumb and wanders
    By the banks of her own lagoon.
    Didn't anybody tell her?
    Didn't anybody see?
    Sunday's on the phone to Monday,
    Tuesday's on the phone to me.
  • And so I quit the police department,
    And got myself a steady job.
    And though she tried her best to help me,
    She could steal but she could not rob.
    • She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
  • Once there was a way to get back homeward.
    Once there was a way to get back home.
    Sleep pretty darling do not cry,
    And I will sing a lullaby.
  • And in the end,
    The love you take
    Is equal to the love you make.

Let It Be (1970)[edit]

  • All I want is you.
    Everything has got to be just like you want it to.
  • Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
    They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe.
    Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
    Possessing and caressing me.
  • Jai guru deva om
    Nothing's gonna change my world.
    Nothing's gonna change my world.
    • Across the Universe
  • Sounds of laughter, shades of earth are ringing
    Through my open views inviting and inciting me.
    Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
    Million suns, it calls me on and on,
    Across the universe.
    • Across the Universe
  • When I find myself in times of trouble,
    Mother Mary comes to me
    Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
    And in my hour of darkness,
    She is standing right in front of me
    Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
  • And when the broken-hearted people
    Living in the world agree,
    There will be an answer, let it be.
    For though they may be parted, there is
    Still a chance that they will see.
    There will be an answer, let it be.
    • Let It Be
  • The long and winding road that leads to your door
    Will never disappear. I've seen that road before.
    It always leads me here, leads me to your door.
  • Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
    But he knew it couldn't last.
    Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona
    Bought some California Grass.
    Get back, get back.
    Get back to where you once belonged.

Quotes about The Beatles[edit]

The Beatles were so big that it’s hard for people not alive at the time to realize just how big they were. There isn’t a real comparison with anyone now. I suppose Michael Jackson at one point, but it still doesn’t seem quite the same. They were so big that to be competitive with them was impossible. I’m talking about in record sales and tours and all this. They were huge. They were bigger than Jesus! ~ Mick Jagger
  • I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, "The Beatles did."
  • The Beatles were so big that it’s hard for people not alive at the time to realize just how big they were. There isn’t a real comparison with anyone now. I suppose Michael Jackson at one point, but it still doesn’t seem quite the same. They were so big that to be competitive with them was impossible. I’m talking about in record sales and tours and all this. They were huge. They were bigger than Jesus!

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