This track made one of the bigger-than-expected jumps for me as I listened to the entire Beatles catalog to do this ranking. I realized there are a lot of elements of this song that I really like–there’s a smooth coolness to it that I never fully appreciated in the infancy of my Beatles fandom. Obviously, it’s still only coming in at #112 so it’s not as though I was like, “Holy crap, my entire life up to this point has been a meaningless lie. I can’t fathom why on earth I neglected to give ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ the credit it deserves. What else have I been wrong about? Maybe The Big Bang Theory really is funny. Maybe flat-earthers are actually on to something. Maybe OJ didn’t do it?”
Did anyone actually see him stealing that sports memorabilia?
I think what made me less fond of the song is its chorus, which is simply the title shouted one time followed by some horns. In fairness, it’s not exactly the greatest hook Paul McCartney has ever written. But the verses and pre-chorus? Great stuff! “I was alone, I took a ride, I didn’t know what I would find theeeeeeeeeere!” And it gets even better when we get to the final 30 seconds of the song, where Paul and the horns amp up. It’s still not an all-time favorite but I’m glad to have this song in my life.