Unreleased Beatles Songs

Posted in: Oldies by Alistair Briggs on January 12th, 2009 | 19 Comments

A look at some of the songs recorded by the Beatles that have, up to now, never been officially released.

Most Beatles fans would think that the release of the Anthology albums left the world with no new Beatles recordings left to be released. However there are a number of songs recorded by the band that up until now have never been released to the general public. Here we will take a look through the songs by the Beatles that have yet to find there way onto a release.

A Picture Of You: A song sung by George Harrison on the BBC radio programme Here We Go in 1962. Originally by Joe Brown, the Beatles play it with Pete Best on drums.

Anything: 22 different instruments were used in this song which had no lyrics. Recorded in 1967.

Bad To Me: A hit for Billy J Kramer, but written by Lennon & McCartney in 1963. Only the demo of the song exists and only features John and Paul.

Billy’s Song: A song recorded at the start of the Get Back sessions in 1969. Billy Preston, brought in to help the Beatles with piano/organ, played on this song.

Bye Bye Love: Originally a song by the Everly Brothers, John and Paul recorded their version in 1969.

Carnival Of Light: Recorded in 1967, this song was originally used at a festival in London’s Chalk Farm. McCartney wanted it on the Anthology albums, Harrison didn’t and it never appeared on any of them.

Cat Walk: The Chris Barber Band recorded this song (re-titled, Cat Call) in 1967. The Beatles played and recorded this instrumental at the Cavern in 1962.

Child Of Nature: Written in India by John Lennon in 1968, a change of lyrics a few years later found the song becoming Jealous Guy (a John Lennon solo song). A recording of the original does exist.

Commonwealth: A satirical song about immigrants, composed by McCartney
written in 1969.

Dig It: A very small part of this song did appear on the Let It Be album but the original recording of this song in 1962 actually ran to an impressive 12 minutes.

Etcetera: Written in 1968 during the White Album sessions by Paul McCartney. He let Marianne Faithful hear the demo to see if she wanted to record it, she didn’t and the song has never seen the light of day yet.

Goodbye: A demo exists of this song written for Mary Hopkins by Paul McCartney.

Heather: A song written by Paul McCartney in India in 1968. He got Donovan to play on the demo.

I Lost My Little Girl: A 1969 version of John Lennon taking the lead vocal on the first
song McCartney ever wrote.

I’m In Love:A Lennon version of this song was released in 1979 but the original Beatles demo from 1963 was given to the Fourmost who never used it.

Love Of The Loved:A song written by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager, the Beatles recorded this for their Decca audition in 1962, Was a hit for Cilla Black the following year.

Madman Coming: Several versions of this song are known to be in existence. Recorded during the Get Back sessions.

One And One Is Two: Another song the Beatles wrote to give to someone else.
McCartney intended this demo for Billy J Kramer who turned it down, became a hit for Mike Shannon.

Save The Last Dance For Me: Recorded in 1969 for the Let It Be album but never made
the final cut.

Some Days: From 1960, this original Quarry Men home demo of a song by McCartney is known to still exist.

Sour Milk Sea:A hit for Jackie Lomax. Originally written by George Harrison in 1968 and demoed by the Beatles the same year.

Summertime: A Hamburg recording of the Beatles in 1960. Also featured Lu Walters from the Hurricanes.

Suzy’s Parlour: A song written by Lennon recorded at the Let It Be sessions.

Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport: Recorded on a BBC radio show, Rolf Harris had the
Beatles as his backing song on his famous song.

Wake Up In The Morning: This song was only re-discovered a few years ago.
Originally recorded in 1969 during the Get Back sessions.

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19 Responses to “Unreleased Beatles Songs”
  • katy mace January 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    i never new any of this information its great you can find out about things like that. love your articles.

  • writingforfun January 12th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    nice lol i am a beatle fan but dont listen to there songs much anymore. Thanks for the information

  • Lisa Clayton Williams January 13th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Interesting info! Love the Beatles!

  • rutherfranc January 25th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    this is a whole album! any chance of them being released?

  • CaptainG March 29th, 2009 at 3:03 am

    You are missing a bunch of unreleased/briefly released songs. As a BEATLES COMPLET-IST, I would kill for a copy of Macca’s “World Without Love” demo he gave Peter Asher. I also want information on the Song ‘Janie’ that Macca wrote about his then girlfriend Jane Asher. In 1970, in Sacramento, I once heard an Acoustic version of I, Me, Mine that was rather stellar. Radio Station KXOA-AM played it several times in one day and I fell in love with it. I TOTALLY dispise the ‘Roadhouse Boogie’ version that was used in Let It Be (what I call Beatles Unplugged).

    I too, rarely play the Beatles these days. Why? Because I’m totally burned yout on them. The Beatles got me through the 70’s which, musically was an exceptionally horrid decade (Disco, Country, Bloated Arena Rock, Easy Listening—thank god Punk came around and upended that stuff).

    Rock is dead and there is no replacement. The 60’s pushed the envelope in style and content and the 80’s (College Rock) was the pinacle of ‘art rock’ (the return of melody). I have discovered life exists after POST-ALTERNATIVE but it doesn’t touch a candle to what came before it. I qoute a friend’s 14year old daughter. “I hate the music today…I only like my dad’s music; I guess I must have a really old soul!!!

    The Beatles were a FREAK of nature. They were a third rate German ‘Bar Band’ that road the crest of the Mersy Beat sound (1963-4). Lennon & McCartney should have burned out like Chad & Jerremy or their stablemates Billy-J. Kramer & the Dakotas by 1965. Instead, they musically absorbed the events around them and produced masterpiece after masterpiece until 1969. What is even more amazing was their work schedule. Tell any 2009 artiste “As your record company, we insist you produce TWO masterpiece CDs a year, eight masterpiece single per year (no, you may not include the songs on the CD—that’s cheating), twenty radio appearances, twenty TV appearences, a Full feature film every other year and a twenty city concert tour, per year. Sign here: They worked their butts off and left a body of work that spans all generational divides….and I experienced it LIVE!!!

  • Alistair Briggs March 29th, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Rumour has it that no recording of the Beatles playing World Without Love has survived. Personally I can’t say I have heard of the song ‘Janie’.
    I will agree that the Beatle were a ‘freak’ of nature. Realistically as individuals the Beatles were technically not the best musicians ever. The story goes that they could not reaad or write music. Ringo is by no means the best technical drummer in the world ever, there are many, many guitarists better than George. Paul’s bass playing, although it did become technically better as the years went by, there are many better bassits. But out all four of them together and something amazing happened.

  • Aauhein April 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 am

    I would be interested in knowing if the lyrics for World Without Love exist.?

  • dmpc May 19th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Actually, Wake Up In The Morning is really called Because You Know I Love You So.

  • McGear June 5th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    What about ‘Suicide’? There is a YT clip of McCartney singing parts of it….

  • lennone July 1st, 2009 at 1:31 am

    what an info. im a bootleger i collect all beatles rare and unreleaesd thanx.

  • feltontom September 20th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    It has been my experience with unreleased material, there was a reason it was left unreleased. It Sucks! The one exception I found was Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series Vol. 1 to 3. Even his throwaways were great.

  • j. aulet December 4th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    feltontom, you don’t know what you’re talking about!!!!

  • george9448 January 19th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Interesting article.I bought a book back in the 80’s called The Beatles On Record by an author whose name escapes me,but in it he claims 215 unreleased songs,but his list does not include Madman Coming,Carnival Of Light,Child Of Nature,Etcetera, to name a few,but does mention Colliding Circles, I Should Like To Live Up A Tree, In The Old Hillbilly Way,etc. as other songs reputed to have been recorded by them.I do believe by Suzy’s Parlour it is supposed to be Suzy Parker, which the book claims was forever going to be the Beatles next single.

  • Alistair Briggs January 19th, 2010 at 6:49 pm


    The song ‘Colliding Circles’ (along with ‘Pink Litmus Paper Shirt’, ‘Deckchair’ and ‘left is right (and right is wrong)) were a joke started by Martin Lewis (who later admitted he made the titles up.

    The book you may be referring to might have been by Alan J Wiener, released in 1986. In which he makes reference to Colliding Circles and Pink Litmus Paper Shirt having been recorded during the Revolver sessions.

    As an aside to that, Lewis became the producer on the Rutles film and Neil Innes incorporated the titles of the songs into the lyrics of the Rutles song ‘Unfinished Words’.

    As for the Suzy Parlour song, it was (apparently) based around the name of model Suzy Parker.

  • Macsback October 30th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    if any of you are lucky enough to get your hands on the alternate white album you will find tracks such as, Circles, Sour Sea Milk, Junk, Brian Epstein Blues, I hate to see the evening sun go down, gone tomorrow here today, acoustic helter skelter, there is also a 20min+ version of helter skelter.

    Then you’ve got the let it be sessions, mama you’ve been on my mind, tennessee, watching rainbows, get back (geh raus) 12min version of dig it

    I could go on and on, i’m sure we’ll be seeing many Beatles releases in the years to come

  • Mackback October 31st, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    here is a very rough demo of Macca singing Love of the Loved, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShsIqEcn7d4

    you can download you tube converter to transfer the songs to audio disc

  • william cordova November 7th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    WITHOUT A SONG was the composition The Beatles played as a backing band for Billy Preston during the Get Back sessions of 1969. The recording is excellent and should be officially released but one can hear a different version through Billy Preston’s catalogue.

    There are many “unreleased” compositions available unofficially on Youtube and other sites on the internet. Most of the music for Paul McCartney’s RAM album is from India 1968 through Get Back sessions 1969 and demos and outtakes exist of these recordings.

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  • Debauchee69 April 20th, 2011 at 1:41 am

    CPTG: YES, it is true some of the Beatles’ unreleased material is best left unreleased (E.G. “Don’t like no Pakistanis, etc.), however, I did see O-N-L-Y Once Paul McCartney perform Etcetera (black&white film, he sitting on a bar stool—I’d kill for the copy!!!). I’m sorry, but that ditty needed to be on the Anthology project!!!

    What is amazing is that You-tubers are releasing lots of bootlegs. FYI, The blues duddle “I’d hate to see the sun go down” is actually a bored Paul McCartney screwing around on the piano inbetween ‘HEY JUDE’ takes—I’ve got the complete Hey Jude take with the song inbetween.

    What I adore about the Beatles is that they used to bounce all these musical ideas off each other and sometimes, they developed into a song or a riff of a song (EG Day in a Life “woke up, fell out of bed…” or the middle eight on I’ve got a Feeling (’Everyone had a good time, Everybody rolled their socks up…) or Side two of Abbey Road.

    Ooooh, another song I want is ‘Let it Be’. The middle eight on the single is the CONTROLLED version and the middle eight on the LP is the wailin’ version. I NOW UNDERSTAND both versions are of the SAME SONG—Lennon plays Counter-point to Harrison?!!! Me Wants!!! Me Wants!!!

    My friend’s 14year old daughter just ‘discovered’ the beatles. She considered herself a ‘completist’ because she bought all three Anthologies. Just to be MEAN, I handed her my IPOD, told her scroll down to playlists, beatles bootlegs and hit ‘play’. All she kept saying was ‘Ooooh, make me a copy…make me a copy..make me a copy!!!’ Take ‘Flying’ off MMT—it fades out with weird, distorted sounds…mine fades out with a stellar Dixie Jazz riff. I told her “This is another example of the HAVES and the HAVE NOTS. You’ll learn about ‘G. Marx and J. Lennon’ in your Civics Class!!!

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