Run For Your Life

“Run For Your Life” is a Beatles song from their Rubber Soul album, of course.

In Detail


Publisher: Northern Songs
Released Date: 3rd December, 1965 (UK), 6th December, 1965 (US)
Recorded: 12th October, 1965
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Rock and roll, rock
Track Duration: 2:18
Record Label: Parlophone
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Run For Your Life is a Beatles' song on their Rubber Sould album

Rubber Soul Album (1965)


John Lennon: vocal, acoustic 12-string guitar, slide guitar
Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, bass
George Harrison: harmony vocal, electric rhythm guitar, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine

Track Source

Rubber Soul

Run For Your Life

Although John Lennon wrote the song, he didn’t particularly like it. Indeed, in 1973 he says he “regretted writing it”. In contrast, George Harrison thought it was the best on the Rubber Soul album. So, a little bit of a conflict here. Be that as it may, the inspiration for the song came from an Elvis Presley track from 1955, “Baby Let’s Play House”.

“Just a sort of throwaway song of mine that I never thought much of, but it was always a favourite of George’s.

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.”

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

“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.”

Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

Recording Studio

The Beatles began recording “Run For Your Life” on the 12th October, 1965 in Studio Two of the EMI Studios in London (2.30pm-7.00pm session). In fact, it was the first recording for their new Rubber Soul album.

There were 5 takes that day with take 5 becoming suitable for the backing vocals overdub together with the tambourine, acoustic guitar, electric guitars.

Although the song attracted negative remarks from some critics, it was good enough for the classic Rubber Soul LP, albeit being the last song on the album. So, what do you think of this song?

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