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A newly discovered tape- You Must Write Every Day

Several songs from their pre-fame days are in knowledge of the public. Yes, The Beatles had numerous songs that never get heard today from the cavern and home in Liverpool. McCartney says it is due to memory.[1]

Lost Songs

1950s[2]

  • When I’m Sixty-Four (first version)- probably unrecorded, 1956. Quite vaudeville-Esque.
  • Calypso Rock (Lennon-‘57)- Only the slightest of evidence exists for this song, which was Lennon’s first, written during the early months of 1957. Its author mentioned the name of the song in interviews circa 1970, but nothing else is known, bar its inspiration – the current musical craze, calypso, which the ‘experts’ said would replace rock and roll as the most popular style. Lennon’s song title is typical of his interest in the elastic meaning of words, incorporating both musical styles into a single phrase.
  • My Love is Like A Bird… (Lennon, 1957) - This is one of the most tenuous songs in the early catalogue, and practically nothing is known of it. We have just enough to list it: Mark Lewisohn states that Lennon once quoted a line from it, and said it was a song he was proud of at the time it was written – which was somewhere during 1957. “My Love is lik3 a bird with a broken wing” is the only surviving line.
  • That’s My Woman (1958)- No recording is known of “That’s My Woman”, a song which has only occasionally been mentioned over the years. John appears to have been the main writer, and was quoted in 1964, saying, "The first song I ever wrote was called 'Hello Little Girl', then 'That's My Woman'" - which points at perhaps early 1958 as the period (give or take). Mark Lewisohn also situates it here in the chronology, naming it in The Beatles: Tune In during his discussion of the early 1958 period.
  • I’ve Been Thinking That You Love Me (1958)- All that we know about this early Lennon – McCartney song is its title mentioned by Mark Lewisohn.
  • Keep Looking That Way (1959)- Since this is among the few compositions quoted, McCartney must have thought highly of it, and presumably it was in some state of completion. It is mentioned alongside “Thinking Of Linking” and “One After 909” as a song “composed with the modern audience in mind”. One supposes it is a rock and roll number of some sort.
  • Years Roll Along (1959)- This song was initially only on the record due to McCartney’s letter, which was first reproduced in the Beatles’ authorised biography of 1968 (by Hunter Davies). All that was then known was the song’s title, but this changed when it was recalled by its creator in his 1997 memoirs, Many Years From Now. There, he mentioned it as one he had not got around to finishing, and quoted the line, “It might have been winter when you told me”, which is as much substance as we have. This is one of several very early Beatles numbers rumoured to have been taped in 1962, without confirmation.

1960s

  • Pinwheel Twist (1962)- Much sought-after, McCartney wrote it “backstage” for the cavern club, but it was mediocre and given to Tony Sheridan. Epstein added it to EMI recording, but it was cut and lost.
  • You’re In My Little Book (?)- Very little is known of this song, but we have McCartney’s word for it that it existed. In a 2001 interview for Reader’s Digest, he is quoted as follows: “There were a few unpublished ones before the Beatles. There’s ‘You’re In My Little Book,’ which I wish I could find. There was [also] one called ‘Just Fun’. There were a couple that never saw the light of day.”
  • Tell Me Who He Is (?)- 2021 brought a new release in literature from McCartney, publishing lyrics from an old notebook. Though an attempt was made on YouTube to recreate it (rediscovered?) it is not officially issued. This title is new to us, but the fact that McCartney mentioned that he was hoping to “find” it suggests there might be an early tape in existence. We know a 1962 tape is rumoured to exist (see Appendix 4) but informed opinion holds that it probably doesn’t. (Or does it...?)
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