Songs the Beatles Didn't Do
by Joseph Brennan, copyright 1993, 1995, 1996.
version 2.2, updated through the "Anthology" CDs.
Songs the Beatles didn't do: meaning, songs they wrote while the Beatles
existed, but which did not appear on official EMI Beatles records. This list
is limited to songs that might be considered finished, which we'll define as
one of: published; recorded by someone else; registered for copyright; or
attempted at EMI for release. Composer credit is shown only where
established by publisher or copyright documentation. Comments mention the
probable composer in other cases.
- In spite of all the danger (McCartney--Harrison)
- You'll be mine (Lennon--McCartney)
- Cayenne (McCartney)
Pre-Beatles recordings issued on the CD "Anthology 1" in 1995.
- Cry for a shadow (Harrison--Lennon)
Recorded 22 June 1961 (probably), by the Beatles with Pete on drums
and released many times over. Of course this is the Beatles, so
I'm breaking my own rule, but since it is the only original that was not
originally on an EMI Beatles record, here it is. An instrumental. It
appeared on the "Anthology 1" CD in 1995.
- I'll be on my way (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, April 1963. The Beatles
did it on BBC radio, 4 April 1963, and that version is available on the
1994 CD set "Live at the BBC".
- Bad to me (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, July 1963. A demo by
John alone (I think) has been bootlegged. The B-side of Kramer's
single, "I call your name" was a "song the Beatles didn't do" for
almost a year.
- Tip of my tongue (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Tommy Quickly, July 1963. The Beatles attempted to record
it, November 1962, but the tape is not at EMI (per Lewisohn) and has
not been bootlegged.
- Hello little girl (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by the Fourmost, August 1963. A very similar Beatles version
with John lead vocal is on the so-called Decca Tape of 1962, bootlegged,
and included on the CD "Anthology 1" in 1995.
- Love of the loved (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Cilla Black, September 1963. A Beatles version with Paul
lead vocal is on the so-called Decca Tape of 1962, bootlegged, but
vetoed by Paul from "Anthology 1".
- I'll keep you satisfied (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, November 1963.
- I'm in love (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by the Fourmost, November 1963. A version of this by John has
been bootlegged as the demo, but now is believed to be post-1975. A
previously unissued version by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas has
recently appeared on the CD "Best of Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas".
- A World without love (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Peter and Gordon, February 1964.
- One and one is two (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by the Strangers with Mike Shannon, May 1964. A Beatles demo
has been bootlegged.
- Nobody I know (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Peter and Gordon, May 1964.
- Like dreamers do (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by the Applejacks, June 1964. Last-released of the three
originals on the so-called Decca tape of 1962, and the second of the
two appearing on the CD "Anthology 1". Paul lead vocal.
- You'll know what to do (Harrison)
Known for some years only as a demo recorded at EMI 3 June 1964, and
a UK copyright registration. No recording of any sort appeared
even on bootlegs until the CD "Anthology 1" in 1995. However, George
scat-sang the first line of it in an Australian interview that is on LP,
possibly the one called "The Beatles Talk Down Under".
- From a window (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Billy J Kramer with the Dakotas, July 1964.
- It's for you (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Cilla Black, July 1964.
- I don't want to see you again (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Peter and Gordon, September 1964.
- If you've got troubles
Attempted by the Beatles 18 February 1965; the one take has been
bootlegged. Ringo lead vocal, written Lennon--McCartney. On the CD
- That means a lot (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by P J Proby, July 1965. Attempted by the Beatles 20 February
1965 and again 30 March 1965; some takes have been bootlegged. Paul
lead vocal. On the CD "Anthology 2".
- 12-Bar original
Attempted by the Beatles 4 November 1965; it has been bootlegged.
Long instrumental. Shorter edit on the CD "Anthology 2".
- Woman (Webb)
Single by Peter and Gordon, January 1966. Songwriter Bernard Webb
is Paul McCartney, revealed later, but reissues still say Webb.
In the US for some reason the fake credit was "A. Smith" instead.
- Everywhere it's Christmas
- Please don't bring your banjo back
Recorded 25 November 1966 as part of "Pantomime: Everywhere It's
Christmas", the 1966 Christmas record. By all four and Mal Evans.
- 'Carnival of Light' Rave
A very long tape of sound effects made 5 January 1967 and used once
for a festival.
- Catcall (McCartney)
On an album by the Chris Barber Band, October 1967, with Paul in a
group of voices at the end. A Beatles version is on an undated tape,
possibly November 1962, that has been bootlegged. Instrumental. Said
to be the same as Catswalk, which appears on early Beatles song lists.
- Shirley's wild accordion (Lennon--McCartney)
Recording made 12 October 1967 by Shirley Evans, Reg Wale, Paul and Ringo
for the "Magical Mystery Tour" film, but not used in it. Shirley Evans
does play some accordion in the film.
- Jessie's dream (McCartney--Starkey--Harrison--Lennon)
Made at an unknown date by "one or more of the Beatles" (Lewisohn) and
used in "Magical Mystery Tour" as Jessie eats tons of spaghetti.
- Christmas time (is here again) (Lennon--McCartney--Harrison--Starkey)
- Plenty of jam jars
Recorded 28 November 1967 as part of "Christmas Time is Here Again!",
the 1967 Christmas record. A longer version of the title song has
been bootlegged, and some of it was finally in general release on
the "Free as a bird" CD single in 1995.
- Step inside love (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Cilla Black, March 1968. An extremely poor-quality
copy of a demo by Paul has been bootlegged.
- Thingumybob (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by John Foster and Sons Ltd Black Dyke Mills Band, 26 August
1968 (one of the first 4 Apple singles), produced by Paul.
- Sour milk sea (Harrison)
Single by Jackie Lomax, 26 August 1968 (another of the first 4 Apple
singles), with George playing guitar and producing. A demo by George
has been bootlegged.
Demo by George, recorded at the same time as many demos for songs
heard on the white album. This one was never heard again.
- Not guilty (Harrison)
Attempted by the Beatles 7 to 12 August 1968. Bootlegged, and an
edited version (made for the unreleased "Sessions" LP) is on the CD
"Anthology 3". A demo by George has also been bootlegged. Recorded
by George years later.
- What's the new Mary Jane
Attempted by some of the Beatles 14 August 1968, with more added to
the same recording 26 November 1969. Came close to being a Plastic
Ono Band single with "You know my name". John lead vocals. A
specially edited version is on the CD "Anthology 3".
Demo made by Paul at EMI, 20 August 1968, and taken away. No version
has come out, including bootlegs.
- Badge (Harrison--Clapton)
On an album by Cream, February 1969, with George on rhythm guitar as
- Paul piano intro (Lennon--McCartney)
Slow piano piece by Paul, used at the beginning of the "Let it be"
film, recorded January 1969. The entire soundtrack has been bootlegged.
- Jazz piano song (McCartney--Starkey)
Fast instrumental by Paul and Ringo on one piano, used in the "Let it
be" film, recorded January 1969.
- Suzy Parker (Lennon--Starkey--Harrison--McCartney)
Rock guitar song with John lead vocal, used in the "Let it be" film,
recorded January 1969. Suzy Parker was a celebrity; the song lyric
really sounds more like "Suzy's parlor".
- Teddy boy (McCartney)
A Beatles rehearsal version of 24 January 1969 was on the "Get Back"
album compiled in May 1969. Paul recorded it on his first album.
- All things must pass (Harrison)
George recorded a demo of the complete song in February 1969, which
is on the CD "Anthology 3". The Beatles had tried it in January but
never got back to it. George of course recorded it in 1971.
- Goodbye (Lennon--McCartney)
Single by Mary Hopkin, March 1969, produced by Paul. A demo by Paul
has been bootlegged.
- Come and get it (McCartney)
Single by Badfinger, December 1969, produced by Paul. A nearly identical
demo version by Paul has been bootlegged.
- Penina (McCartney)
On obscure recordings by the group Jotta Herre, the hotel band at the
Hotel Penina in Portugal, and then soon after by the Portuguese
singer Carlos Mendes, both in 1969. Paul sings part of it
during the "Get Back" sessions, bootlegged.
Get Back tapes
This is the morass of any project attempting to list unreleased Beatles
songs. Firstly, do you want to call rehearsals and partial, off-the-cuff
renditions Beatles versions? And then there's the problem that more Get Back
stuff is still leaking out, and who can keep up with it. But I'll toss out a
few lists of songs more or less performed. I'll skip the fact that much of
"Abbey Road" appears here too. For much more detail, see the book "Drugs,
Divorce and a Slipping Image".
Note: On the unreleased "Get Back" albums, "The Walk" is the Jimmy
McCracklin hit written by McCracklin, and the opening instrumental
sometimes called "Rocker" is pretty much "Down the road a piece" by
Don Raye (recorded by many artists including Chuck Berry).
- Known or possible old Lennon--McCartney originals: all are fragments
and the titles are speculative in most cases
Hot as sun [with words], I lost my little girl,
I fancy me chances [?], If tomorrow ever comes (I'll wait till tomorrow),
Just fun, Thinking of linking,
Too bad about sorrows,
Wake up in the morning (Because I know you love me so),
Won't you please say goodbye
- Improvisations or work songs never finished
Commonwealth/White power/Can you dig it medley (Paul and John),
How do you tell someone (George), I look out the window (George),
I'm going to pay for his ride (Paul),
Madman (John), Negro in reserve (John and Paul),
Pillow for your head (Paul), Shakin' in the sixties (John),
Taking a trip to Carolina (Ringo), There you are Eddie (Paul),
Watching rainbows (John)
- Songs Paul finished later
Another day, Back seat of my car, Every night,
Suicide, Teddy boy
- Songs John finished later
Child of nature [as Jealous guy], Give me some truth
- Songs George finished later
All things must pass, Let it down, Hear me lord, Isn't it a pity
The Family Way
Instrumental music by Paul and George Martin for the 1966 film.
There was a soundtrack LP and a single with one short piece
titled "Love in the Open Air". Paul does not sing or play on the
recordings, so this is a "soundtrack the Beatles didn't do".
Instrumental music by George Harrison for the 1968 film. There
was a soundtrack LP called "Wonderwall Music". George does not
sing or play on it (according to the credits), but is credited
as arranger and producer, and it is sometimes called his first
Mark Lewisohn, "The Beatles Recording Sessions" and "The Beatles
L.R.E. King, "Do You Want to Know a Secret" and "Fixing a Hole".
Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt , "Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image".
Doug Sulpy, ed., issues of "The 910" (journal).