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“Day Tripper”
“Day Tripper” cover
Single by The Beatles
B-side "We Can Work It Out"
Released 3 December 1965
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios: 16 October 1965
Genre Rock
Length 2:46
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
(UK-1965) / "Yesterday"
"Day Tripper"
"Paperback Writer"
(UK-1966) / "Nowhere Man"
Me. But I think Paul helped with the verse.

—John Lennon, 1972

That's mine. Including the guitar lick, the guitar break, and the whole bit. It's just a rock 'n roll song. Day trippers are people who go on a day trip, right? Usually on a ferry boat or somethng. But it was kind of-- you know, you're just a weekend hippie. Get it?".

—John Lennon, 1980

Acid was coming on the scene, and we'd often do these songs about 'the girl who thought she was it.' Mainly the impetus for that used to come from John-- I think John met quite a few girls who thought they were it... But this was just a tongue-in-cheek song about someone who was a day tripper, a sunday painter, a sunday driver, somebody who was committed only in part to the idea. Where we saw ourselves as full-time trippers, fully committed drivers, she was just a day tripper. That was a co-written effort-- we were both making it all up but I would give John the main credit.

—Paul McCartney, 1994


Watch a video of a "performance":

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