The Beatles - Day Tripper

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  "Day Tripper" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles that was released as a double A-side single with "We Can Work It Out" in December 1965. Written primarily by John Lennon, it was credited to the Lennon-McCartney partnership. Both songs were recorded during the sessions for the band's "Rubber Soul" album. The single topped charts in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway. In the United States, "Day Tripper" peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while "We Can Work It Out" held the top position. The track is a rock song based around an electric guitar riff and was included in the Beatles' concert set list until their retirement from live performances in late August 1966.

 

Contents

Composition

 
Main guitar riff

 

Under the pressure of needing a new single for the Christmas market, John Lennon wrote much of the music and most of the lyrics, while Paul McCartney worked on the verses.

"Day Tripper" was a typical play on words by Lennon. In 1980 he recalled: "Day trippers are people who go on a day trip, right? Usually on a ferryboat or something. But [the song] was kind of ... you're just a weekend hippie. Get it?" In the same interview, Lennon said of the song: "That's mine. Including the lick, the guitar break and the whole bit."

In a 1970 interview with Rolling Stone, however, Lennon used "Day Tripper" as one example of his and McCartney's collaboration, where one partner had the main idea but the other took up the cause and completed it. For his part, McCartney claimed it was very much a collaboration based on Lennon's original idea.

According to music critic Ian MacDonald, the song:

…starts as a twelve-bar blues in E, which makes a feint at turning into a twelve-bar in the relative minor (i.e. the chorus) before doubling back to the expected B—another joke from a group which had clearly decided that wit was to be their new gimmick.

In 1966 McCartney told Melody Maker that "Day Tripper" and "Drive My Car" (recorded three days prior) were "funny songs, songs with jokes in".

 

 

 

The Beatles - Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out

UK Parlophone R 5389 (1965).

Record produced by George Martin.

The vinyl record har eemained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole, displays only minimal signs of spindle wear.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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