before it became an Arnold Schwarzenegger catch-phrase, “I’ll
Be Back” was a song written mostly by John Lennon for the film
soundtrack of A Hard Day’s
Night. Its inspiration was
Del Shannon’s big hit, “Runaway”, which John was enamored
of, especially its unusual chord progression.
structure of the song is unorthodox, even for The Beatles, as it has two
bridges and no chorus. In its
original incarnation, it was intended to be a waltz, then the time
signature was changed to 4/4 and it was meant to be recorded with electric
guitars. The choice to switch
to acoustic guitars prefigures their work on Rubber Soul, which was still a year away.
much of The Beatles’ material, “I’ll Be Back” has
been covered by several artists and groups, such as The Buckinghams,
Shawn Colvin, Firefall, Golden Earring, Cliff
Richard, Johnny Rivers, Elliott Smith, and UB40. The original version is also
included on Beatles ’65 and
a couple of alternate takes appear on Anthology.
Medley: Intro “Venus” –
Sugar Sugar – No Reply – I’ll
Be Back – Drive My Car – Do You Want to Know a Secret –
We Can Work it Out – I Should Have Known Better – Nowhere Man
– You’re Going to Lose That Girl – Stars on 45 (Jeff Barry/Martin Duiser/Jaap
Eggermont/Andy Kim/Robbie van Leeuwen/John