Friday, February 5, 2010

I'd Rather See You Dead Little Girl

The last song on the Parlophone UK LP "Rubber Soul" is an original Lennon/McCartney composition written mainly by John entitled "Run For Your Life". This is the final tune heard on the LP and it's really a shame. The song itself is not much to talk about, the structure is bland (for the Beatles) and even it's composer (Lennon) always stated throughout his life that "Run For Your Life" was a "Knock off" and was hastily written and completed. It sounds like it. The composer also stated that he actually disliked the song (Playboy interview 1980). Some of the lyrics to the song were lifted from the Elvis Presley recording of "Baby, Let's Play House".

Although "Run For Your Life" was the last song on the LP, it was the very first song recorded. The recording of the basic track took place on October 12 1965 at EMI studio two. It took five takes to complete as the previous four were breakdown and only the fifth was complete. Once the basic track was in the can, so to speak, the overdubs included tambourine, lead guitar and vocals by John with backing by Paul and George. The song was completed all in one day.

"Run For Your Life" was mixed for mono on Tuesday November 09 1965 from room 65 at EMI studios and then mixed for stereo the next day on Wednesday November 1965 also from room 65 at EMI studios.

"Run For Your Life" is available on the Parlophone UK LP/CD "Rubber Soul" as well as being available on the North American Capitol LP/CD "Rubber Soul".

The song was never performed live.

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