The Beatles -- ‘Ticket To Ride’

Ticket To Ride (3.13)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, lead guitar, bass guitar; George Harrison: Harmony vocal, rhythm guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine, hand claps;

John recorded this on the same day that he passed his driving test – very apt. He probably had it blaring out the radio on his way home.

A couple of dozy fans thought that he was singing about a train ticket to Ryde (on the Isle of Wight) but it’s actually about a girl getting up and walking out of his life. Don Short claimed that he coined the phrase to describe a card that the prossies had to have in Hamburg, to prove that they were fit for business: “The ones who worked the streets had to have a clean bill of health, so the medical authorities gave them a card saying that they didn’t have a dose of anything.”

Paul described it in his autobiography ‘Many Years From Now’: “I think the interesting thing about it was the crazy ending: instead of ending like the previous …

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Radio recording Ticket To Ride (2.56)

  • Credit: Lennon / McCartney
  • Main composer: John / Paul
  • ‘Live At The BBC’ album First released in UK:
    Live At The BBC album – 30 Nov ’94
    ‘Live At The BBC’ album First released in USA:
    Live At The BBC album – 6 Dec ’94
  • Producer: Keith Bateson
  • Recorded:
    26 May ’65 – BBC Piccadilly Studios
  • Programme:
    The Beatles (Invite You To Take A Ticket To Ride) – BBC Light Programme
  • Publisher: Northern Songs Ltd.

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, lead guitar; George Harrison: Rhythm guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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TV recording Ticket To Ride (2.45)

  • Credit: Lennon / McCartney
  • Main composer: John / Paul
  • ‘Anthology 2’ album First released in UK:
    Anthology 2 album – 18 Mar ’96
    ‘Anthology 2’ album First released in USA:
    Anthology 2 album – 19 Mar ’96
  • Recorded:
    1 Aug ’65 – ABC Theatre
  • Programme:
    Blackpool Night Out – ABC
  • Publisher: Northern Songs Ltd.
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Live version Ticket To Ride (2.51)

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