The Beatles -- ‘School Days’

‘Get Back’ sessions School Days

  • Credit: Berry
  • First released in UK:
    Never released
    First released in USA:
    Never released
  • Session:
    24 Jan ’69 – Apple Studios

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar, electric piano; Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

This Chuck Berry number was never properly recorded by the Beatles, and you can only get it on Beatle bootlegs. It was recorded during the ‘Get Back’ sessions in January ’69.

Berry explained that it was about his own memories of high school… “The lyrics depict the way it was in my time. I had no idea what was going on in the classes during the time I composed it, much less what’s happening today. The phrases came to me spontaneously, and rhyming took up most of the time that was spent on the song. I remember leaving it twice to go get coffee and while out having some major lines come to me that would enhance the story in the song, causing me to rush back to my room and get them down.”

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