- Published on 1964
- Author: Lennon/McCartney
- Track 8 on “A Hard Day’s Night“
JOHN 1980: “An effort at writing ‘It Won’t Be Long’ –same ilk. C to A minor, C to A minor with me shouting.”
Info about “Any Time At All”
Credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership, “Any Time At All” was mainly composed by John Lennon, with an instrumental middle eight by Paul McCartney. It first appeared on the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night album.
Incomplete when first brought into EMI Studios on Tuesday 2 June 1964, Paul McCartney suggested an idea for the middle eight section based solely on chords, which was recorded with the intention of adding lyrics later. But by the time it was needed to be mixed, the middle eight was still without words and that is how it appears on the LP. McCartney sings the second “Any time at all” in each chorus because Lennon couldn’t reach the notes. “Any Time at All” reprises a George Martin trick from “A Hard Day’s Night” by using a piano solo echoed lightly note-for-note on guitar by George Harrison.
Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “Any Time at All” were sold for £6,000 to an unidentified individual at an auction held at Sotheby’s in London, on 8 April 1988.
Meaning of “Any Time At All”
The lyrics of “Any Time at All” convey a message of unconditional love and support. The narrator expresses a willingness to be there for their romantic partner whenever they are needed, emphasizing that they are always available and ready to provide comfort and companionship.
Lines like “When you need me, I’ll be there” and “If you need somebody to love, just look into my eyes, I’ll be there to make you feel right” underscore the narrator’s commitment to being a source of strength and love.
“Any Time at All” is a heartfelt declaration of love and support, conveying the narrator’s dedication to their partner and their willingness to be a constant source of comfort and companionship. It’s a testament to the enduring nature of their feelings.
- John Lennon – lead vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar, electric guitar (concluding chord)
- Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass, piano
- George Harrison – 12-string lead guitar, classical guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, cowbell
How to play “Any Time At All” on guitar
“Any Time At All” is characterized by its upbeat tempo and catchy melody. It features a prominent electric guitar riff played by George Harrison. The guitar part in “Any Time at All” consists of a series of catchy chords and a memorable riff that complements the song’s energetic and optimistic mood. George Harrison’s guitar work in this song is an integral part of the overall sound and feel of the track, contributing to its timeless appeal.
In the following video you will find the guitar tab of the song:
How to play “Any Time At All” on bass
The bassline in this song is characterized by its melodic and driving nature. McCartney’s playing style on this track is both rhythmic and melodic, providing a solid foundation for the song’s upbeat tempo. The bassline follows the chord progressions and complements the vocal harmonies, adding depth and richness to the overall sound. McCartney’s bass work contributes to the song’s dynamic and energetic feel, making it an essential element of the composition.
In the following video you will find the bass tab of the song:
“Any Time At All” karaoke
If you want to practice singing “Any Time At All”, the following video is for you. It features a great karaoke version of the song: