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“Help!” cover
Single by The Beatles
B-side "I'm Down"
Released 6 August 1965 (UK)
13 August 1965 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios: 13 April 1965
Genre Rock
Length 2:21 (UK)
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Ticket To Ride"
"Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out"
We think it's one of the best we've written.

—John Lennon, 1965

The whole Beatle thing was just beyond comprehension. When 'Help' came out, I was actually crying out for help. Most people think it's just a fast rock 'n roll song. I didn't realize it at the time; I just wrote the song because I was commissioned to write it for the movie. But later, I knew I really was crying out for help. So it was my fat Elvis period. You see the movie: He -- I -- is very fat, very insecure, and he's completely lost himself. And I am singing about when I was so much younger and all the rest, looking back at how easy it was. Now I may be very positive... yes, yes... but I also go through deep depressions where I would like to jump out the window, you know. It becomes easier to deal with as I get older; I don't know whether you learn control or, when you grow up, you calm down a little. Anyway, I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for help.

—John Lennon, 1980

John wrote that... well, John and I wrote it at his house in Weybridge for the film. I think the title was out of desperation.

—Paul McCartney, 1984

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