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“There’s A Place”

What John Lennon said about “There’s A Place”

JOHN 1980: “‘There’s a Place’ was my attempt at a sort of Motown, black thing. It says the usual Lennon things: ‘In my mind there’s no sorrow…’ It’s all in your mind.”

Info about “There’s A Place”

“There’s A Place” is a song from the Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me, released in March 1963
It was written primarily by John Lennon and credited to McCartney–Lennon. In the United States, the song was released in July 1963 on the group’s first US LP, Introducing… The Beatles, later reissued in January 1964 as Beatlemania surged there. It was also issued as a non-album single in the US, in March 1964, as the B-side to “Twist and Shout”, reaching number 74 in the Billboard Hot 100.

According to Paul McCartney, the song’s title phrase originated from “There’s a Place for Us”, from the soundtrack album to the 1961 film West Side Story. The song’s lyrics relate to the singer’s ability to overcome his loneliness by retreating into the haven of his mind.

“There’s a Place” has received a positive response from several music critics. Some reviewers admire its harmonies and recognize the lyrics as exhibiting a depth not found in contemporaneous pop songs. Some have seen it as anticipating the later introspection of the Beatles and Lennon in particular, heard in songs like “I’m Only Sleeping” and “Tomorrow Never Knows“.

Personnel

  • John Lennon – vocal, harmonica, rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – vocal, bass
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums

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