The Beatles -- ‘Back In The Ussr’

Back In The USSR (2.43)

Paul McCartney: Double-tracked lead vocal, backing vocal, lead guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums; John Lennon: Backing vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, bass guitar;

Paul wrote this as a playful tribute to Mike Love of The Beach Boys, who happened to be staying in India at the same time as The Beatles. It was supposed to be an answer-song to Chuck Berry’s ‘Back In The USA’, in which he sings about a Yankee’s love of hamburgers, skyscrapers and drive-in movies.

‘Back In The USA’ is very American… very Chuck Berry,” recalled Paul. “It’s a typical American thing to say when they’re away ‘I miss my doughnuts and my Howard Johnson’s and my launderettes and I miss the convenience of the Hyatt Hilton and it’s just so much better back home and the TV’s got more channels etc etc…’ So I thought, Great, I’ll do a spoof on that. It’ll be about someone who hasn’t got a lot but they’re still every bit as proud as an American would be. It’s tongue in …

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