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A Hard Day's Night

Released 10 July 1964. The first Beatles soundrack album, the first Beatles album with all-original tunes, and the only Beatles album consisting entirely of Lennon/McCartney songs.

Song List
A Hard Day's Night
I Should Have Known Better
If I Fell
I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
And I Love Her
Tell Me Why
Can't Buy Me Love
Any Time At All
I'll Cry Instead
Things We Said Today
When I Get Home
You Can't Do That
I'll Be Back


A Hard Day's Night (Lennon/McCartney)--Written after the filming was almost complete, allegedly named after one of Ringo's malapropisms. It was written, arranged, rehearsed, and recorded in just over 24 hours.

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 going to give me everything
So why on earth should I moan,
'Cause when I get you alone
You know I feel okay

When I'm home everything seems to be right
When I'm home feeling you holding me tight, tight yeah

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
Owww!

So why on earth should I moan,
'Cause when I get you alone
You know I feel okay

When I'm home everything seems to be right
When I'm home feeling you holding me tight, tight yeah

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 feel alright
You know I feel alright

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I Should Have Known Better (Lennon/McCartney)--A George Martin-orchestrated instrumental version of this song appeared on the US soundtrack LP.

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.

Whoa, oh, I never realized what a kiss could be,
This could only happen to me
Can't you see, can't you see,

That when I tell you that I love you, oh,
You're gonna say you love me too, oh,
,And when I ask you to be mine,
You're gonna say you love me too.

So, oh, I should have realized alot of things before
If this is love you gotta give me more
Give me more, hey, hey, hey, give me more.

Whoa, oh, I never realized what a kiss could be,
This could only happen to me
Can't you see, can't you see,

That when I tell you that I love you, oh,
You're gonna say you love me too, oh,
And when I ask you to be mine,
You're gonna say you love me too.
You love me too, you love me too.

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If I Fell (Lennon/McCartney)--John's manuscript of the lyrics for this song was auctioned for 7,800 pounds at Sotheby's in April 1988.

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

If I give my heart to you
I must be sure
From the very start
That you would love me more than her

If I trust in you, oh please
Don't run and hide
If I love you too, oh please
Don't hurt my pride like her

'Cause I couldn't stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two
'Cause I couldn't stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two
If I fell in love with you

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I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (Lennon/McCartney)--Released as a US single in the summer of 1964 (along with many others capitalizing on the first wave of Beatlemania), it didn't crack the Billboard Top 40.

Before this dance is through
I think I'll love you too
I'm so happy when you dance with me

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

I don't need to hug or hold you tight
I just want to dance with you all night
In this world there's nothing I would rather do
'Cause I'm happy just to dance with you

Just to dance with you
Is everything I need

Before this dance is through
I think I'll love you too
I'm so happy when you dance with me

If somebody tries to take my place
Let's pretend we just can't see his face
In this world there's nothing I would rather do
'Cause I'm happy just to dance with you

Just to dance with you
Is everything I need

Before this dance is through
I think I'll love you too
I'm so happy when you dance with me

If somebody tries to take my place
Let's pretend we just can't see his face
In this world there's nothing I would rather do
I've discovered I'm in love with you
'Cause I'm happy just to dance with you

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And I Love Her (Lennon/McCartney)--Although most people dismiss this song as pure Paul, John wrote the middle eight of this love song.

I give her all my love
That's all I do
And if you saw my love
You'd love her too
I love her

She gives me everything
And tenderly
The kiss my lover brings
She brings to me
And I love her

A love like ours
Could never die
As long as I
Have you near me

Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her

Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her

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Tell Me Why

(Lennon/McCartney)--A "knock-off" song of John's, in the spirit of the girl groups of the time. Tell me why you cried, and why you lied to me,
Tell me why you cried, and why you lied to me.

Well I gave you everything I had,
But you left me sitting on my own,
Did you have to leave me oh so bad,
All I do is hang my head and moan.

Tell me why you cried, and why you lied to me,
Tell me why you cried, and why you lied to me.

If there's something I have said or done,
Tell me what and I'll apologize,
If you don't I really can't go on,
Holding back these tears in my eyes.

Tell me why you cried, and why you lied to me,
Tell me why you cried, and why you lied to me.

Well I beg you on my bended knees,
If you'll only listen to my pleas,
Is there anything I can do,
'Cause I really can't stand it, I'm so in love with you.

Tell me why you cried, and why you lied to me.
Tell me why you cried, and why you lied to me.

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Can't Buy Me Love (Lennon/McCartney)--George Martin changed the original arrangement of this song, which started out with the verse instead of the chorus. He suggested something to immediately catch the ear, and put the chorus first.

Can't buy me love, love
Can't buy me love

I'll buy you a diamond ring my friend
If it makes you feel alright
I'll get you anything my friend
If it makes you feel alright
'Cause I don't care too much for money,
Money can't buy me love

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

Can't buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can't buy me love, no no no no

Say you don't need no diamond rings
And I'll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That money just can't buy
I don't care too much for money,
Money can't buy me love
Owwww!

Can't buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can't buy me love, no no no no

Say you don't need no diamond rings
And I'll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That money just can't buy
I don't care too much for money,
Money can't buy me love

Can't buy me love, love
Can't buy me love, love
Can't buy me love, love, love

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Any Time At All (Lennon/McCartney)--John later confessed to this song being his version of "It Won't Be Long".

Any time at all, any time at all, any time at all,
All you've gotta do is call and I'll be there.

If you need somebody to love, just look into my eyes,
I'll be there to make you feel right.
If you're feeling sorry and sad, I'd really sympathize.
Don't you be sad, just call me tonight.

Any time at all, any time at all, any time at all
All you've gotta do is call and I'll be there.

If the sun has faded away, I'll try to make it shine,
There is nothing I won't do
If you need a shoulder to cry on I hope it will be mine.
Call me tonight, and I'll come to you.

Any time at all, any time at all, any time at all
All you've gotta do is call and I'll be there.

Any time at all, any time at all, any time at all
All you've gotta do is call and I'll be there.
Any time at all, All you gotta do is call and I'll be there.

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I'll Cry Instead (Lennon/McCartney)--John wrote this expressly for use in the movie, but director Richard Lester rejected it, opting to use "Can't Buy Me Love" for the jubilant break-out scene.

I've got every reason on earth to be mad,
'Cause I've just lost the only girl I had.
If I could get my way,
I'd get myself locked up today,
But I can't, so I'll cry instead.

I've got a chip on my shoulder that's bigger than my feet,
I can't talk to people that I meet.
If I could see you now,
I'd try to make you sad somehow,
But I can't, so I'll cry instead.

Don't want to cry when there's people there
I get shy when they start to stare
I'm gonna hide myself away,
But I'll come back again someday.

And when I do you'd better hide all the girls
I'm gonna break their hearts all 'round the world
Yes, I'm gonna break them in two,
And show you what your loving man can do
Until then I'll cry instead.

Don't want to cry when there's people there
I get shy when they start to stare
I'm gonna hide myself away,
But I'll come back again someday.

And when I do you'd better hide all the girls
I'm gonna break their hearts all 'round the world
Yes, I'm gonna break them in two,
And show you what your loving man can do
Until then I'll cry instead.

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Things We Said Today (Lennon/McCartney)--Paul wrote this while on vacation in the Bahamas in May 1964, with Jane Asher, Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen.

You say you will love me
If I have to go.
You'll be thinking of me,
Somehow I will know.
Someday when I'm lonely,
Wishing you weren't so far away,
Then I will remember
Things we said today.

You say you'll be mine, girl,
'Til the end of time.
These days such a kind girl
Seems so hard to find.
Someday when we're dreaming,
Deep in love, not a lot to say.
Then we will remember
Things we said today.

Me, I'm just the lucky kind.
Love to hear you say that love is luck.
And, though we may be blind,
Love is here to stay.

And that's enough
To make you mine, girl,
Be the only one.
Love me all the time, girl.
We'll go on and on.
Someday when we're dreaming,
Deep in love, not a lot to say.
Then we will remember
Things we said today.

Me, I'm just the lucky kind.
Love to hear you say that love is luck.
And, though we may be blind,
Love is here to stay.

And that's enough
To make you mine, girl, Be the only one.
Love me all the time, girl.
We'll go on and on.
Someday when we're dreaming,
Deep in love, not a lot to say.
Then we will remember
Things we said today.

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When I Get Home (Lennon/McCartney)--John's attempt at a Wilson Pickett song.

Whoa-I, whoa-I,
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home.
Come on, out of my way,
'Cause I'm gonna see my baby today,
I've got a whole lot of things I've gotta say to her.

Whoa-I, whoa-I,
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home.
Come on if you please,
I've got no time for trivialities,
I've got a girl who's waiting home for me tonight.

Whoa-I, whoa-I,
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home.

When I'm getting home tonight, I'm gonna hold her tight.
I'm gonna love her till the cows come home
I bet I'll love her more
Till I walk out that door again.

Come on, let me through,
I've got so many things I've got to do,
I've got no business being here with you this way.

Whoa-I, whoa-I,
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home, yeah.
I got a whole lot of things to tell her
When I get home.

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You Can't Do That (Lennon/McCartney)--This song is the first time on a Beatles recording that you can hear George Harrison's new 12-string guitar.

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.

Well, it's the second time I've caught you talking to him,
Do I have to tell you one more time I think it's a sin,
I think I'll let you down (let you down)
And leave you flat (gonna let you down and leave you flat)
Because I've told you before, oh,
You can't do that.

Everybody's green,
'Cause I'm the one who won your love,
But if they'd seen,
You talking that way, they'd laugh in my face.

So please listen to me if you wanna stay mine,
I can't help my feelings, I go out of my mind.
I'm gonna let you down (let you down)
And leave you flat (gonna let you down and leave you flat)
Because I've told you before, oh,
You can't do that.

You can't do that.
You can't do that.
You can't do that.

Everybody's green,
'Cause I'm the one who won your love,
But if they'd seen,
You talking that way, they'd laugh in my face.

So please listen to me if you wanna stay mine,
I can't help my feelings I go out of my mind.
I'm gonna let you down (let you down)
And leave you flat (gonna let you down and leave you flat)
Because I've told you before, oh,
You can't do that.

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I'll Be Back (Lennon/McCartney)--John admitted that he thought the middle section was "a bit tatty."

You know if you break my heart I'll go,
But I'll be back again.
'Cause I told you once before goodbye,
But I came back again.

I love you so, I'm the one who wants you,
Yes, I'm the one who wants you, oh ho, oh ho, oh

You could find better things to do,
Than to break my heart again,
This time I will try to show that I'm
Not trying to pretend.

I thought that you would realize
That if I ran away from you that you would want me too,
But I've got a big surprise, oh ho, oh ho, oh

You could find better things to do,
Than to break my heart again
This time I will try to show that I'm
Not trying to pretend.

I wanna go but I hate to leave you,
You know I hate to leave you , Oh ho, oh ho, oh
You, if you break my heart I'll go, but I'll be back again.

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