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Paul McCartney - I'll Follow The Sun (Unknown 2008)

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I'll Follow the Sun on Wikipedia
"I'll Follow the Sun"
Song by The Beatles from the album Beatles for Sale
Released4 December 1964
Recorded8 October 1964,
EMI Studios, London
GenrePop rock[1]
LabelEMI, Parlophone, Capitol
ProducerGeorge Martin
Beatles for Sale track listing

"I'll Follow the Sun" is a song by The Beatles. It is a melancholy ballad written and sung by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.[2] It was released in 1964 on the Beatles for Sale album in the United Kingdom and on Beatles '65 in the United States, but was written long before that year: a version recorded in 1960 can be found in the bootleg record You Might As Well Call Us The Quarrymen. The song is somewhat of a cult favourite; it was released as a mono extended play 45 in 1964 on Parlophone/EMI (and in 1995 as a B-side).


The song's lyrics centre around a man who feels he is unappreciated by a woman. The song is believed to be him giving her an ultimatum, and that, as the lyrics state, "One day, you'll look to see I've gone." There is an unwillingness on the part of the song's narrator that adds a tenderness and tragedy to his leaving: "And now the time has come, and so, my love, I must go. And though I lose a friend, in the end you will know..."


  • Paul McCartney – vocal, bass guitar, acoustic guitar
  • John Lennon – harmony vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – percussion
Personnel per Ian MacDonald[3]

Cover versions

  • The song was covered by David Ball in 1995 for the Beatles tribute album Come Together: America Salutes The Beatles.
  • McCartney performed the song live during The 'US' Tour; he did too at the Paris Olympia on 22 October 2007, in Kyev for the Independence Concert on 14 June 2008, in Quebec City for the free outdoor concert on 20 July 2008, that was the 400th anniversary of the city, and at Tel Aviv, Israel, on 25 September 2008.
  • Glen Phillips (lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket) covered the song for the soundtrack of the 2009 Eddie Murphy film Imagine That.


  1. ^ Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "I'll Follow The Sun"
  2. ^ Sheff, p. 174 Sheff, David (2000). All We Are Saying. St Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-25464-4. 
  3. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). p. 138. ISBN 1-84413-828-3. 

External links

  • Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "I'll Follow The Sun"

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