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The Beatles were a phenomenally popular British rock band from Liverpool, England. Each of the four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, went on to successful solo careers.



  • 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.
  • My love don't give me no 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.
    She's a woman, she's a woman.
  • 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.
    Baby says she's mine you know,
    She tells me all the time you know,
    She said so.
    I'm in love with her and I feel fine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You say you want a revolution
    Well, you know
    We'd all love to see the plan.
    You ask me for a contribution,
    Well, you know
    We're doing what we can.
    But if you want money for people with minds that hate,
    All I can tell you is brother you have to wait.
  • You tell me it's the institution
    Well you know
    You better free your mind instead.
  • When the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
    They might as well be dead,
    If the rain comes, if the rain comes.
    When the sun shines they slip into the shade,
    And sip their lemonade,
    When the sun shines, when the sun shines.
  • Standing in the dock at Southampton
    Trying to get to Holland or France.
    The man in the mac said you've got to go back,
    You know they didn't even give us a chance.
    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.
  • 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.
    Hey Jude don't be afraid,
    You were made to go out and get her,
    The minute you let her under your skin,
    Then you begin to make it better.
  • Na Na Na nananana, nananana, hey Jude.
  • All my little plans and schemes,
    lost like some forgotten dreams,
    seems that all I really was doing
    was waiting for you.
    Just like little girls and boys,
    playing with their little toys.
    Seems like all they really were doing
    was waiting for love.


Please Please Me (1963)

  • 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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Whenever I... want you around yeh,
    All I gotta do...
    Is call you on the phone,
    And you'll come running home,
    Yeh that's all I... gotta do.

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

  • 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, and I do.
    Whoa, whoa, I never realised 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 hoo hoo
    Hoo hoo, oh,
    And when I ask you to be mine,
    You're gonna say you love me too.
  • I don't wanna kiss or hold your hand,
    If it's funny, try an' understand.
    There is nothing else I'd rather do,
    ‘Cos I'm happy just to dance with you.
  • 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 ev'rything,
    And tenderly,
    The kiss my lover brings,
    She brings to me,
    And I love her.
  • I'll give you all I've got to give,
    If you say you love me too,
    I may not have a lot to give,
    But what I've got I'll give to you,
    For I don't care to much for money.
    For money can't buy me love.

Beatles for Sale (1964)

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

  • When I was younger, so much younger than today,
    I never needed anybody's help in any way,
    But now these days are gone and I'm not so self assured,
    Now I find I've changed my mind I've opened up the doors.
    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?
  • Here I stand with head in hand,
    Turn my face to the wall.
    If she's gone I can't go on,
    Feeling two foot small.
    Ev'rywhere people stare,
    Each and ev'ry day.
    I can see them laugh at me,
    And I hear them say.
    Hey, you've got hide your love away.
  • I think I'm gonna be sad,
    I think it's today, yeah,
    The girl that's driving me mad,
    Is going away.
    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 met,
    She's just the girl for me and I want the world to see we've met.
    Mm mm
    Had it been another day I might have looked the other way and,
    I'd have never been aware but as it is I'll dream of her tonight.
    Da da
    Falling, yes I'm falling,
    And she keeps calling me back again.
  • Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
    Now it looks as though they're here to stay
    Oh, I believe in yesterday.

    Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be
    There's a shadow hanging over me
    oh, yesterday came suddenly.

    Why she had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say
    I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Rubber Soul (1965)

  • 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.
  • I once had a girl,
    Or should I say
    She once had me.
    She showed me her room,
    Isn't it good?
    Norwegian wood.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • I'd rather see you dead, little girl,
    Than to be with another man.
    You'd better keep your head, little girl,
    Or I won't know where I am.

Revolver (1966)

  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • Each day just goes so fast
    I turn around - it's past
    You don't get time to hang a sign on me
    Love me while you can
    Before I'm a dead old man.
  • To lead a better life, I need my love to be here.
    Here, making each day of the year,
    Changing my life with a 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.
  • In the town where I was born,
    Lived a man who sailed the sea,
    And he told us of his life,
    In the land of submarines.
    So we sailed on to the sun,
    Till we found the sea of green,
    And we lived beneath the waves,
    In our yellow submarine.
  • Good day sunshine, good day sunshine,
    Good day sunshine.
    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 sunny day.
  • You tell that you've got ev'rything you want,
    And your bird can sing.
    But you don't get me,
    You don't get me.
  • Ooh then I suddenly see you,
    Ooh did I tell you I need you
    Ev'ry single day of my life?
    Got to get you into my life.
  • Turn off your mind
    Relax and float downstream.
    It is not dying
    It is not dying.

Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band (1967)

  • 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 do 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.
    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.
    Cellophane flowers of yellow and green,
    Towering over your head.
    Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes,
    And she's gone.
    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,
    Lucy in the Sky wih Diamonds,
  • I've got to admit it's getting better
    It's a little better all the time
    I have to admit it's getting better
    It's getting better since you've been mine.
  • And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong
    I'm right
    Where I belong I'm right
    Where I belong.
  • See the people standing there who disagree and never win
    And wonder why they don't get in my door
    • Fixing a Hole
  • She (What did we do that was wrong)
    Is having (We didn't know it was wrong)
    Fun (Fun is the one thing that money can't buy)
    Something inside that was always denied
    For so many years. Bye, bye.
    She's leaving home, 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 Fanques Fair - what a scene.
  • 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 grow older,
    losing my hair,
    Many years from now,
    Will you still be sending be a valentine,
    Birthday greetings,
    Bottle of wine?
  • Will you still need me, will you still feed me
    when I'm sixty-four?
    • When I'm Sixty-Four
  • Lovely Rita meter maid,
    May I inquire discreetly,
    When you are free,
    To take some tea with me.
  • We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.
    We hope you have enjoyed the show.
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band,
    We're sorry but it's time to go.
  • I read the news today, oh boy.
    About a lucky man who made the grave
    And though the news was rather sad
    Well I just had to laugh.
    I saw the photograph.
    He blew his mind out in a car.
    He didn't notice that the lights had changed.
  • Woke up, fell out of bed,
    Dragged a comb across my head
    Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
    And looking up I noticed I was late.
    Found my coat and grabbed my hat
    Made the bus in seconds flat
    Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
    And somebody spoke and I went into a dream.
    • A Day in the Life

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

  • 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.
  • Day after day, alone on a hill,
    The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
    But nobody wants to know him,
    They can see he's just a fool
    And he never gives an answer.
    But the fool on the hill sees the sun going down.
    And the eyes in his head see the world spinning round.
  • There's a fog upon LA.
    And my friends have lost their way.
    "We'll be over soon" they said.
    Now they've lost themselves instead.
  • Please don't be long.
    Please don't you be very long.
    Please don't be long.
    For I may be asleep.
    • Blue Jay Way
  • 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 - 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 t-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
    Man you been a naughty boy
    You let your face grow long.
    I am the eggman, oooooh, they are the eggman, ooooh, -
    I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.
  • You say yes, I say no,
    You say stop, I say go, go, go.
    Oh no.
    You say goodbye and I say hello, hello, 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.
    Let me take you down,
    ‘Cos I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
    Nothing is real
    And nothing to get hung about.
  • Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes,
    There beneath the blue suburban skies.
  • How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?
    Now that you know who you are,
    What do you want to be and have you travelled very far?
  • 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.
    There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
    No one you can save that can't be saved.
    Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
    It's easy.

The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)

  • 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 USSR.
    You don't know how lucky you are, boys.
    Back in the USSR.
  • 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 'bout 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-back tulips
    To see how the other half live
    Looking through a glass onion.
  • In a couple of years they have built
    A home sweet home
    With a couple of kids running in the yard
    Of Desmond and Molly Jones.
    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.
  • 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.
  • When I hold you in my arms
    And I feel my finger on your trigger
    I know no one can do me no harm
    Because happiness is a warm gun.
    Yes it is.
  • 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.
  • Everywhere there's lots of piggies living piggie lives,
    You can see them out for dinner with their piggie wives,
    Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.
  • Now Rocky Raccoon he fell back in his room
    Only to find Gideon's Bible.
    Gideon checked out and he left in no doubt
    To help with good Rocky's revival.
  • I listen for your footsteps,
    Coming up the drive.
    Listen for your footsteps,
    But they don't arrive.
  • Don't pass me by.
    Don't make me cry.
    Don't make me blue.
    • Don't Pass Me By
  • Half of what I say is meaningless
    But I say it just to reach you
  • When I cannot sing my heart
    I can only speak my mind.
    • Julia
  • You say it's your birthday.
    It's my birthday too – yeah.
    You say it's your birthday.
    We're gonna have a good time.
  • Born a poor young country boy.
    Mother Nature's son.
    All day long
    I'm sitting singing songs for everyone.
  • 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
    Till I get to the bottom and I see you again.
  • Good night.
    Good night.

Yellow Submarine (1968)

  • Some kind of happiness is measured out in miles.
    What makes you think you're something special when you smile.
  • It doesn't really matter what clothes I wear,
    Or how I fare,
    Or if my hair is brown.
    As it's only a Northern Song.

Abbey Road (1969)

  • 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.
  • He say "One and one and one is three"
    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 and how.
  • You're asking me will my love grow?
    I don't know, I don't know.
    • Something
  • Bang bang Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon her head,
    Bang bang Maxwell's silver hammer made sure that she was dead.
  • Oh darling please believe me,
    I'll never do you no harm,
    Oh! darling, if you leave me I'll never make it alone,
    Believe me when I beg you don't ever leave me alone.
  • 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.
  • Well you should see Polythene Pam
    She's so good-looking but she looks like a man.
    Well you should see her in drag.
  • 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.
  • Boy – you're gonna carry that weight,
    Carry that weight a long time.
  • And in the end
    the love you take
    is equal to the love you make.

Let It Be (1970)

  • Two of us riding nowhere
    Spending someone's hard earned pay,
    You and me Sunday driving,
    Not arriving on our way back home.
    We're on our way home,
    We're on our way home,
    We're going home.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Get back, get back.
    Get back to where you once belonged.


Quotes about the Beatles

  • "Guitar bands are on their way out Mr. Epstein"
    • Dick Rowe rejecting the Beatles for Decca records
  • "The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it."
    • Mimi Smith
  • "I declare that The Beatles are mutants. Prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen."
    • Timothy Leary
  • "The most devastating male quartet since the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse."
    • Donald Zec, Daily Mirror

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