25 July 2003
JOHN LENNON HANDWRITTEN LYRICS TO BEATLES' SONG 'IF YOU'VE GOT TROUBLE'
A piece of paper with John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles' song 'If You've Got Trouble.' Penned in blue ballpoint ink on the verso of printed sheet music for the Bob Dylan song, 'Down the Highway,' the manuscript reads in full:
1) If you got trouble then you got less trouble than me. You say you're worried you can't be as worried as [sic]
You're quite content to be bad
With all the advantage you've had over me
Just cause you're troubled then don't bring your/troubles to me.
2) Don't think its [sic] funny when you ask for money & things
Especially when you're standing there wearing diamonds and rings
You think I'm soft in the head.
Well try someone softer instead pretty thing.
Its [sic] not so funny when you know what money/can bring.
You better leave me alone
I don't need a thing from you
You better take yourself home
Go and count a ring or two.
Composed sometime in 1964, Lennon planned for this particular song to be the one Ringo would sing for the 1965 album and movie, "Help." It was recorded by the drummer, in one take only, on February 18, 1965 at Abbey Road Studios, but was later eliminated by Lennon and McCartney. The song did not appear on any Beatles album until 1996 when 'The Beatles Anthology 2' was released. (It's track five.) Interestingly, this page of handwritten lyrics indicates the song was John's brainchild, and based on its somewhat sardonic tone, it makes sense.
13 x 9 1/2 inches
Please note this page has been folded numerous times, is somewhat stained and has a small tear on the left-side margin, though the handwriting is not affected.
The current owner's father worked at Airpark Garage in West Drayton, England. Because it was on the way to Heathrow Airport, the Beatles often dropped off their touring van there to have it serviced while on their way out of town. One day in late 1964, Lennon gifted these lyrics to the employee as a 'thank you' for services rendered.
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