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Love Me Do

By John T. Marck

Written by Paul, this song is quite basic, having one message - love. Although the album cover refers to this song, and it is the same song as released on the single, it is not the same recording. The initial recording, released on October 5, 1962 in England, was recorded on September 4, 1962, in a fifteen-take session. It would not be before fifteen takes were performed that George Martin was basically satisfied, but not entirely. Returning to the studio one week later, The Beatles discovered that George Martin had a session drummer there by the name of Andy White who was to replace Ringo. Since Ringo had only recently replaced Pete Best, I feel sure he thought his days were numbered as well. Per Martin's decision, White played the drums on this retake, while Ringo stood by and played the tambourine. The initial recording with Ringo on the drums was the one that appeared on the single. But, for reasons that are not clear, Martin decided to use the Andy White drum version on this album. Whether he preferred White's drumming on this number to Ringo's is not clear, but Martin did say that he used White's version on the album because the master tape of this song had been sent overseas to an EMI subsidiary company. By mistake? Who knows. Additionally, later in 1963, all future single releases of Love Me Do was the retake version with Andy White. So, if you happen to have an original EMI release of October 5, 1962, you have the Ringo version. Any release in the United States as a single was done so on April 27, 1964 on Tollie Records, and as such is the White version, like the album one. Although a McCartney song, it was a true Lennon-McCartney collaboration, what with Lennon's lively harmonica solo. This album version was recorded on September 11, 1962.

Love, love me do, you know I love you, I'll always be true, so please, love me do

Oh, love me do

Love, love me do, you know I love you, I'll always be true, so please, love me do

Oh, love me do

Someone to love, somebody new, someone to love, someone like you

Love, love me do, you know I love you, I'll always be true, so please, love me do

Oh, love me do

Love, love me do, you know I love you, I'll always be true, so please, love me do

Oh, love me do, yeah, love me do, oh, love me do

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