I’m A Loser (Lennon/McCartney)

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I’m A Loser (Lennon/McCartney)


“That’s me in my Dylan period. Part of me suspects that I’m a loser and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.” – John Lennon, Playboy, 1980

“We used to listen to a lot of country and western songs and they were all about sadness and ‘I lost my truck,’ so it was quite acceptable to sing ‘I’m a loser.’ You really didn’t think about it at the time, it was only later you’d think, ‘God! That was pretty brave of John.’ ‘I’m A Loser’ was pretty much John’s song and there may have been a dabble or two from me.” – Paul McCartney

“‘I’m A Loser’ is me in my Dylan period, because the word ‘clown’ is in it. I objected to the word ‘clown’, because that was always artsy-fartsy, but Dylan had used it so I thought it was all right, and it rhymed with whatever I was doing.” – John Lennon

“(Kenneth) Allsop had in essence said to him that he wasn’t terribly enamored with Beatles’ songs because they all tended to be ‘she loves him,’ ‘he love her,’ ‘they love her’ and ‘I love her.’ He suggested to John that he try to write something more autobiographical, based on personal experience rather than these abstract images. That struck a chord with him.” – Elliot Mintz, friend of John Lennon

BBC Performances

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  • Top Gear – recorded November 17, 1964, broadcast November 26, 1964 and December 26, 1964 and released on Live At The BBC (1994)
  • The Beatles Invite You To Take A Ticket To Ride – recorded May 26, 1965, broadcast June 7, 1965


  • John Lennon – lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass guitar
  • George Harrison – electric lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine

Release history

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