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"Run for Your Life"
Song by The Beatles
Album Rubber Soul
Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 12 October 1965,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock, pop rockTemplate:Sfn
Length 2:18
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Rubber Soul track listing
It has a line from an old Presley song. 'I'd rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man' is a line from an old blues song that Presley did once. Just sort of a throw-away song of mine that I never thought much of... but it was always a favourite of George's.

—John Lennon, The Playboy Interviews, 1980

John was always on the run, running for his life. He was married; whereas none of my songs would have 'catch you with another man.' It was never a concern of mine, at all, because I had a girlfriend and I would go with other girls, it was a perfectly open relationship so I wasn't as worried about that as John was. A bit of a macho song. It was largely John's.

—Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now by Barry Miles, p.279, 1994

I never liked 'Run For Your Life,' because it was a song I just knocked off. It was inspired from — this is a very vague connection — from 'Baby Let’s Play House.' There was a line on it — I used to like specific lines from songs — 'I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man' — so I wrote it around that but I didn’t think it was that important.

—John Lennon, Rolling Stone interview, by Jann Wenner, 1971


Check out "classic" Elvis performing 'Baby Let's Play House'...

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