In My Life
The Beatles
Beatles 1965 Rubber Soul LP

There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • from the album Rubber Soul (1965)
  • ranks #23 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • one of the first songs to be recorded for Rubber Soul; they recorded the rhythm track in three takes
  • George Martin plays the harpsichord-sounding instrumental break in the song (it was actually played on a piano, recorded and played back at double-speed on the final track)
  • on the record:
         John Lennon- vocals, rhythm guitar
         Paul McCartney- bass, harmony vocals
         George Harrison- lead guitar, harmony vocals
         Ringo Starr- drums
         George Martin- piano, tambourine
  • written primarily by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney; over the years there has been some controversy as to how much McCartney contributed, if any, to the composition
  • one of John Lennon's favorite Beatles songs, expressed by his comment "my first real, major piece of work - up until then, it had all been glib and throwaway"
  • Stuart Sutcliffe, the original bass player for The Beatles, who died in 1962 at the age of 21 is referenced by Lennon in the line, "some are dead and some are living"
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded October 18, 1965 at Abbey Road Studios, London
  • length- 2:28
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