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Beatles For Sale

Released 4 December 1964. Five days after its release, it was number one, replacing A Hard Day's Night atop the charts.

Song List
No Reply
I'm A Loser
Baby's In Black
Rock And Roll Music
I'll Follow The Sun
Mr. Moonlight
Kansas City / Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey
Eight Days A Week
Words Of Love
Honey Don't
Every Little Thing
I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
What You're Doing
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby


No Reply (Lennon/McCartney)--Music publisher Dick James complimented John after the Beatles did this song, saying "You're getting much better now--that was a complete story." John also said that it was his version of Herman's Hermits "Silhouettes".

This happened once before, when I came to your door
No reply.
They said it wasn't you, but I saw you peek through
Your window.
I saw the light, I saw the light
I know that you saw me, 'cause I looked up to see
Your face.

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.

If I were you I'd realize that I
Love you more then any other guy
And I'd forgive the lies that I
Heard before when you gave me no reply

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.

No reply
No reply.

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I'm A Loser (Lennon/McCartney)--This Dylanesque tune was considered for a single release until the Beatles recorded "I Feel Fine".

I'm a loser, I'm a loser
And I'm not what I appear to be

Of all the love I have won or have lost
There is one love I should never have crossed
She was a girl in a million, my friend
I should have know she would win in the end

I'm a loser and I lost someone who's near to me
I'm a loser and I'm not what I appear to be

Although I laugh and I act like a clown
Beneath this mask I am wearing a frown
My tears are falling like rain from the sky
Is it for her or myself that I cry

I'm a loser and I lost someone who's near to me
I'm a loser and I'm not what I appear to be

What have I done to deserve such a fate
I realize I have left it too late
And so it's true, pride comes before a fall
I'm telling you so that you won't lose all

I'm a loser and I lost someone who's near to me
I'm a loser and I'm not what I appear to be

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Baby's In Black (Lennon/McCartney)--The first song recorded for the Beatles for Sale album, and written head-to-head by John and Paul.

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

Oh dear, what can I do
Baby's in black and I'm feeling blue
Tell me oh, what can I do

I think of her, but she thinks only of him
And though it's only a whim
She thinks of him

Oh, how long will it take
'Til she sees the mistake she has made

Dear what can I do
Baby's in black and I'm feeling blue
Tell me oh, what can I do

Oh, how long will it take
'Til she sees the mistake she has made

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

Oh dear what can I do
Baby's in black and I'm feeling blue
Tell me oh what can I do

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Rock And Roll Music (Berry)--Recorded in one take in October 1964.

Just let me hear some of that rock and roll music
Any old way you choose it
It's got a back beat, you can't lose it
Any old time you use it
Gotta be rock and roll music
If you wanna dance with me
If you wanna dance with me

I got no kick against modern jazz
Unless they try to play it too darn fast
I lose the beauty of the melody
Until it sounds just like a symphony

That's why I go for that rock and roll music
Any old way you choose it
It's got a back beat, you can't lose it
Any old time you use it
It's gotta be rock and roll music
If you wanna dance with me
If you wanna dance with me

I took my love on over 'cross the track
So she can hear my man a-wail a sax
I must admit, they had a rockin' band
Man, they were blowing like a hurricane

That's why I go for that rock and roll music
Any old way you choose it
It's got a back beat, you can't lose it
Any old time you use it
Gotta be rock and roll music
If you wanna dance with me
If you wanna dance with me

Way down south they had a jubilee
Those Georgia folks that had a jamboree
They're drinking home brew from a wooden cupThose folks were dancin', they were all shook up

And started playing that rock and roll music
Any old time you use it
It's got a back beat, you can't lose it
Any old time you use it
Gotta be rock and roll music
If you wanna dance with me
If you wanna dance with me

Don't get to hear them play a tango
I ain't no mood to take a mambo
It's way to early for a congo
So keep rockin' that beat I know

That's why I go for that rock and roll music
Any old time you use it
It's got a back beat, you can't lose it
Any old time you use it
Lord it's gotta be rock and roll music
If you wanna dance with me
If you wanna dance with me

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I'll Follow The Sun (Lennon/McCartney)--This was an early song of Paul's, possibly written before the Beatles.

One day you'll look to see I've gone
For tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun
Someday you'll know I was the one
But tomorrow may rain so I'll follow the sun

And now the time has come, and so my love, I must go
And though I lose a friend, in the end you will know, oh

One day you'll find that I have gone
But tomorrow may rain, so I'll follow the sun
Yet tomorrow may rain so I'll follow the sun

And now the time has come, and so my love, I must go
And though I lose a friend, in the end you will know, oh

One day you'll find that I have gone
But tomorrow may rain so I'll follow the sun

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Mr. Moonlight (Johnson)--The original recording of this song by Dr. Feelgood and the Interns from 1962 didn't make the Top 40.

Mr. Moonlight
You came to me one summer night
And from your beam you made my dream
And from the world you sent my girl
And from above you sent us love
And now she is mine, I think you're fine
'Cause we love you, Mr. Moonlight

Mr. Moonlight, come again please
Here I am on my knees, begging if you please
And the nights you don't come my way
I'll pray and pray more each day
'Cause we love you, Mr. Moonlight

And the nights you don't come my way
Oh I'll pray and pray more each day
'Cause we love you, Mr. Moonlight

Mr. Moonlight, come again please
Here I am on my knees, begging if you please
And the nights you don't come my way
Oh I pray and pray more each day
'Cause we love you, Mr. Moonlight
Mr. Moonlight
Mr. Moonlight

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Kansas City / Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey! (Leiber/Stoller; Penniman)--Little Richard recorded these two songs as a medley (the latter being one of his own compositions) in 1959, and performed it this way in concerts as well. This was also recorded by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers in 1961 Hamburg, but was never released.

Ah, Kansas City, gonna get my baby back home, yeah, yeah
I'm going to Kansas City, gonna get my baby back home, yeah, yeah
Well it's a long long time since by baby's been gone

Ah, Kansas City, gonna get my baby one time, yeah, yeah
I'm going to Kansas City, gonna get my baby one time, yeah, yeah
It's just a one two three four five six seven eight nine

Hey, hey, hey, hey, (hey, hey, hey, hey)
Hey baby (hey baby)
Ooh, now girl (now girl)
I said you're no fool (you're no)
Now now now now tell me baby
What's been wrong with you

Hey, hey, hey, hey, (hey, hey, hey, hey)
Hey now baby (hey baby)
Ooh, now girl (now girl)
I said you're no fool (you're no)
Now now now now tell me baby
What's been wrong with you

I said bye (bye-bye bye-bye bye-bye)
Bye-bye baby, bye-bye (bye-bye bye-bye bye-bye)
So long (so long, so long, so long)
Bye-bye baby I'm gone (bye-bye bye-bye bye-bye)
Yeah, I said bye-bye baby, bye bye bye bye bye…

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Eight Days A Week (Lennon/McCartney)--The title came from another of Ringo's malapropisms. It's probably also the first song with a fade-in.

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.

Love you ev'ry day girl,
Always on my mind.
One thing I can say girl,
Love you all the time.

Hold me, love me, hold me, love me.
I ain't got nothin' but love babe,
Eight days a week.

Eight days a week,
I love you.
Eight days a week
Is not enough to show I care.

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.

Eight days a week,
I love you.
Eight days a week
Is not enough to show I care.

Love you ev'ry day girl,
Always on my mind.
One thing I can say girl,
Love you all the time.

Hold me, love me, hold me, love me.
I ain't got nothin' but love babe,
Eight days a week
Eight days a week
Eight days a week
Eight days a week.

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Words Of Love (Holly)--Holly's original 1957 version was not a major hit.

Hold me close and tell me how you feel
Tell me love is real
Words of love you whisper soft and true
Darling, I love you

Let me hear you say the words I long to hear
Darling, when you're near
Words of love you whisper soft and true
Darling, I love you

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Honey Don't (Perkins)--The original Carl Perkins 1956 recording was the B-side to "Blue Suede Shoes".

Well, how come you say you will when you won't,
Say you do, baby, when you don't
Let me know, honey, how you feel
Tell the truth now, is love real.

But oh oh, well honey don't, well honey don't,
Honey don't, honey don't, honey don't
I say you will when you won't, oh oh honey, don't.

Well I love you, baby, and you ought to know
I like the way you wear your clothes,
Everything about you is so doggone sweet,
You got that sand all over your feet.

But oh oh, well honey don't, honey don't,
Honey don't, honey don't, honey don't
I say you will when you won't, oh oh honey, don't.

(Oh, rock on George, one time for me.)
(I feel fine.)
(I'm sad.)

Well, sometimes I love you on a Saturday night,
Sunday morning you don't look right.
You've been out painting the town,
Uh uh baby, been stepping around.

But oh oh, well honey don't, I said honey don't,
Honey don't, honey don't, honey don't
I say you will when you won't, oh oh honey, don't.

(Oh, rock on George, for Ringo one time.)

Well, honey don't, honey don't, honey don't
A little little honey don't
I say you will when you won't, oh oh honey don't.

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Every Little Thing (Lennon/McCartney)--In a take rejected for obvious reasons, Paul burped his vocals.

When I'm walking beside her
People tell me I'm lucky.
Yes, I know I'm a lucky guy.
I remember the first time
I was lonely without her.
Can't stop thinking about her now.

Every little thing she does,
She does for me, yeah.
And you know the things she does,
She does for me, oooh.

When I'm with her I'm happy
Just to know that she loves me.
Yes, I know that she loves me now.
There is one thing I'm sure of,
I will love her forever.
For I know love will never die.

Every little thing she does,
She does for me, yeah.
And you know the things she does,
She does for me, oooh.

Every little thing she does,
She does for me, yeah.
And you know the things she does,
She does for me, oooh

. Every little thing,
Every little thing.

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I Don't Want To Spoil The Party (Lennon/McCartney)--John referred to this song as "very personal".

I don't want to spoil the party, so I'll go,
I would hate my disappointment to show.
There's nothing for me here, so I will disappear,
If she turns up while I'm gone please let me know.

I've had a drink or two and I don't care,
There's no fun in what I do if she's not there.
I wonder what went wrong, I've waited far too long.
I think I'll take a walk and look for her.

Though tonight she's made me sad,
I still love her.
If I find her I'll be glad,
I will love her.

I don't want to spoil the party, so I'll go,
I would hate my disappointment to show.
There's nothing for me here, so I will disappear,
If she turns up while I'm gone please let me know.

Though tonight she's made me sad,
I still love her.
If I find her I'll be glad,
I will love her.

Though I've had a drink or two and I don't care,
There's no fun in what I do if she's not there.
I wonder what went wrong, I've waited far too long,
But I think I'll take a walk and look for her.

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What You're Doing (Lennon/McCartney)--The Beatles made an attempt at recording this 29/30 September 1964, but re-made it a month later, on 26 October.

Look what you're doing,
I'm feeling blue and lonely,
Would it be too much to ask of you
What you're doing to me?

You got me running and there's no fun in it,
Why should it be so much to ask of you
What you're doing to me?

I've been waiting here for you,
Wondering what you're gonna do.
Should you need a love that's true,
It's me.

Please stop your lying, you've got me crying girl,
Why should it be so much to ask of you
What you're doing to me?

I've been waiting here for you,
Wondering what you're gonna do.
Should you need a love that's true,
It's me.

Please stop your lying, you've got me crying girl,
Why should it be so much to ask of you,
What you're doing to me,
What you're doing to me,
What you're doing to me?

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Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (Perkins)--Teen Beat, the Carl Perkins record that contained the original version, also included two other Perkins songs that the Beatles covered--"Matchbox" and "Honey Don't".

Well, they took some honey from the tree,
Dressed it up and they called it me.
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby now.

Woke up last night, half past four,
Fifty women knocking at my door.
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby now.

Went out last night, I didn't stay late,
Brought her home, I had nineteen dates.
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby now.

Went out last night, I didn't stay late,
Brought her home, I had nineteen dates.
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby now.

Well, they took some honey from the tree,
Dressed it up and they called it me.
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby,
Everybody's trying to be my baby now.

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