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Got to Get You Into My Life

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“Got to Get You Into My Life”
“Got to Get You Into My Life” cover
Single by The Beatles
B-side "Helter Skelter"
Released 31 May 1976 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios
7 April, 17 June 1966
Genre Rock
Length 2:27
Label Capitol 4274 (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Yesterday" (UK-1976)
-
"The Long and Winding Road" / "For You Blue"
(1970)
"Helter Skelter" / "Got to Get You Into My Life"
(1976)
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" / "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
"Julia" (US Edition)
(1976)
'We were doing our Tamla Motown bit. You see, we're influenced by whatever's going. Even if we're not influenced, we're all going that way at a certain time.

—John Lennon, 1968

I think George and I helped with some of the lyrics. I'm not sure.

—John Lennon, 1972

Paul. I think that was one of his best songs, too, because the lyrics are good and I didn't write them. You see? When I say that he could write lyrics if he took the effort-- here's an example.

—John Lennon, 1980

That's mine-- I wrote it. It was the first one we used brass on, I think. One of the first times we used soul trumpets.

—Paul McCartney, 1984

I'd been a rather straight working class lad, but when we started to get into pot it seemed to me to be quite uplifting. It didn't seem to have too many side effects like alcohol or some of the other stuff, like pills, which I pretty much kept off. I kind of liked marijuana and to me it seemed it was mind-expanding, literally mind-expanding. So 'Got To Get You Into My Life' is really a song about that. It's not to a person, it's actually about pot. It's saying, 'I'm going to do this. This is not a bad idea.' So it's actually an ode to pot, like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret. I haven't really changed my opinion too much, except if anyone asks me for real advice, it would be stay straight. That is actually the best way, but in a stressful world I still would say that pot was one of the best of the tranquilizing drugs. I have drunk and smoked pot and of the two I think pot is less harmful. People tend to fall asleep on it rather than go out and commit murder, so it's always seemed to me to be a rather benign one

—Paul McCartney, 1994


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