Friday, February 13, 2009

Beatles Song: Day Tripper

The Beatles' "Day Tripper" was released as a single, together with "We Can Work It Out," another example of a double A Side 45 since both songs received equal airplay. Lennon said that the song was hastily composed (with some help from Paul on a verse), a standard rock and roll tune, although he was pleased with the opening guitar lick he'd come up with, one that every young kid in the world would try to learn on guitar after the song's release.

It is a fact that Lennon also said that he was having fun with the lyrics and title, alluding to "weekend hippies," who espoused the counterculture but were back in school or at work from Monday to Friday.

The song was recorded at Abbey Road on October 16, 1965 and released in the UK and U.S. respectively on December 3 and 6, 1965. A promotional video was made for British and American television, although the Beatles do not play their instruments on it, except for Ringo, who plays tambourine. The group performed the song at most concerts in 1965 and 1966, including their final concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Lennon and McCartney share lead vocals. Lennon plays rhythm, Harriosn lead, McCartney bass, and Starr drums and tambourine.

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