“Fixing A Hole” is a Beatles’ song which is on their 1967 album, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
Recorded: 9th and 21st February, 1967
Studios: Regent Sound Studios, London; EMI Studios, London
Genre: Psychedelic pop, baroque pop
Track Duration: 2:36
Record Label: Parlophone
Producer: George Martin
Paul McCartney: double-tracked lead vocals, harpsichord, bass
John Lennon: backing vocals
George Harrison: backing vocals, double-tracked lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, maracas
George Martin: harpsichord
Fixing A Hole
Written by Paul McCartney, although credited to Lennon-McCartney, the songwriter claims that “Fixing A Hole” was his “ode to pot”. Previously, his other song, “Got To Get You Into My Life“, was another with a reference to drugs. His revelations obviously came to the fore many years after the release of the songs because otherwise they wouldn’t get airplay on the radio.
In order to “normalise” a song such as “Fixing A Hole”, McCartney had to have some form of explanation ready:
“[It was] about the hole in the road where the rain gets in, a good old analogy-the hole in your make-up which lets the rain in and stops your mind from going where it will”.
Alan Aldridge, Los Angeles Times (14th January, 1968)
During the same interview, he explained that his fans would congregate outside his home day and night. He found this to be annoying so he wrote the following lines in the song:
“See the people standing there
who disagree, and never win
And wonder why they don’t get in my door”
The Beatles began recording “Fixing A Hole” on the 9th February, 1967, in the Regent Sound Studio, 164-166 Tottenham Court Road, London, but there are no records for the session time. However, we do know that there were 3 takes that day. This was also the first time that an EMI recording of The Beatles took place away from the Abbey Road Studios.
Jesus Christ Watches Over The Beatles!
Imagine being present while watching The Beatles in the recording studios. Well, there was an unusual guest that Paul McCartney brought along with him who had that privilege.
“A guy arrived at my front gate and I said, ‘Yes? Hello,’ because I always used to answer it to everyone. If they were boring I would say, ‘Sorry, no,’ and they generally went away. This guy said, ‘I’m Jesus Christ’, I said, ‘Oop,’ slightly shocked. I said, ‘Well, you’d better come in then.’ I thought, Well, it probably isn’t. But if he is, I’m not going to be the one to turn him away. So I gave him a cup of tea and we just chatted and I asked, ‘Why do you think you are Jesus?’
There were a lot of casualties about then. We used to get a lot of people who were maybe insecure or going through emotional breakdowns or whatever. So I said, ‘I’ve got to go to a session but if you promise to be very quiet and just sit in a corner, you can come.’ So he did, he came to the session and he did sit very quietly and I never saw him after that. I introduced him to the guys. They said, ‘Who’s this?’ I said, ‘He’s Jesus Christ’. We had a bit of a giggle over that.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
The mixing took place back at their familiar surroundings of the Abbey Road Studios on the 21st February, 1967. Originally the band wanted to re-record the track, but they decided that the recordings from the Regent Sound Studio were good enough.
Work began on take 2 to bring it up to scratch, however, this is where the actual take numbers get confusing. But, the main album track is a variant of take 2.
From the original takes, Take 1, together with Speech and Take 3, are now available on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary edition.