Run For Your Life (Lennon/McCartney)

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Run For Your Life (Lennon/McCartney)

Named by John as his “least favorite Beatles song” in a 1973 interview, and the song he most regretted writing, Run For Your Life was also revealed by John as one of George’s favorite songs on Rubber Soul.

Quotes

“I never liked Run For Your Life, because it was a song I just knocked off. It was inspired from – this is a very vague connection – from Baby Let’s Play House. There was a line on it – I used to like specific lines from songs – ‘I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man’ – so I wrote it around that but I didn’t think it was that important.” – John Lennon

“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

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead 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

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