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I Should Have Known Better

(John Lennon/Paul McCartney)

One of the first songs written by John Lennon to be inspired by Bob Dylan, “I Should Have Known Better” opens with a harmonica and is considered to be an early example of folk-rock.  It appears in the film, A Hard Day’s Night, during a sequence on a “train” (which was actually a van being rocked back and forth by a technical crew), and the soundtrack of same.  The song was released as the flip side of “A Hard Day’s Night” in the States, where it peaked at #53 on the top 100.  It fared better in West Germany, where it went to #6, and Norway, where it topped the charts, and has been covered by artists and groups such as Eric Anderson and Phil Ochs, The Beach Boys, The Punkles, She and Him, and The Skatalites.

Stars On/Starsound  recordings
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 Lennon/Paul McCartney)