“Got To Get You Into My Life” is a Beatles’ song on their “Revolver” album from 1966. However, the song (take 5), is also on their 1996 album “Anthology 2”.
Released: 5th August, 1966
Recorded: 7th, 8th, 11th April; 18th May; 17th June, 1966
Studio: EMI Studios
Genre: Rock, psychedelic soul, rhythm and blues
Track Duration: 2:27 (stereo version), 2:35 (mono version)
Record Label: Parlophone
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
Eddie Thornton, Ian Hamer, Les Condon: trumpet
Alan Branscombe, Peter Coe: tenor saxophone
Got To Get You Into My Life
Written by Paul McCartney but with credit going to the Lennon-McCartney partnership, “Got to Get You into My Life” is a song about drugs. Although slightly ambiguous, the lyrics leave nothing to the imagination. However, naive listeners could easily think it’s a heavy love song. Be that as it may, the tune is soulful with a bold and brazen brass section throughout.
This was the start of a period through which The Beatles would become more creative in the studio. With the psychedelic era just around the corner, and drugs such as marijuana taking a grip, The Beatles were in the forefront of a new revolution.
“Got To Get You Into My Life was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot…. I didn’t have a hard time with it and to me it was mind-expanding, literally mind-expanding.
So, Got To Get You Into My Life is really a song about that, it’s not to a person, it’s actually about pot…. So it’s actually an ode to pot, like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret.”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
Paul McCartney also produced the song for Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers in 1966. Indeed, they took it to number 6 in the UK charts.
In 1976, six years after The Beatles disbanded, the song became a single in a few countries. In Canada it reached number one and in America it reached number 3 in the “Cash Box Top 100” charts. However, it only managed number 93 in Australia. In America, this was the last Beatles’ single to reach the top ten for almost 20 years. This was when “Free as a Bird” hit the charts in 1995.
The Beatles began recording “Got To Get You Into My Life” on the 7th April, 1966, in Studio Three of the EMI Studios, London during the 8.15pm-1.30am session. They recorded 5 takes with the last of those appearing on the 1996 album, “Anthology 2”. This version features a harmonium rather than the brass and woodwind arrangement found on the “Revolver” album.
The next day, they recorded takes 6-8 with take 8 being suitable for the master rhythm track. A guitar piece added on the 11th April saw the track remain idle until the 18th May. On this day, they added vocals and other instruments together with the familiar prominent brass section. However, it wasn’t until the 17th June when final tweaks and a guitar overdub took place to complete the song.