Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – “With A Little Help From My Friends” Live
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“With a Little Help from My Friends” was one of the last songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. They were messing around in the piano at John’s house when they penned the lyrics. It’s from the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and written for drummer Ringo Starr. It ranked at number 311 in the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by the Rolling Stone magazine.
“It was a challenge, it was something out of the ordinary for us because we actually had to write in a key for Ringo and you had to be a little tongue in cheek. Ringo liked kids a lot, he was very good with kids so we knew Yellow Submarine would be a good thing for Ringo to sing. In this case, it was a slightly more mature song, which I always liked very much.” — Paul McCartney
The song was written conversation-like. Ringo has performed this track along with other music artists like Eric Clapton, Elton John and George Harrison. There has been more than fifty cover versions but the ones that made it to the charts were from Joe Cocker, Wet Wet Wet and Sam & Mark.
“The song With A Little Help From My Friends was written specifically for me, but they had one line that I wouldn’t sing. It was ‘What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?’ I said, ‘There’s not a chance in hell am I going to sing this line,’ because we still had lots of really deep memories of the kids throwing jelly beans and toys on stage; and I thought that if we ever did get out there again, I was not going to be bombarded with tomatoes.” — Ringo Starr
In this live version of the song, Paul and Ringo are rockin’ it on stage. Seeing them perform together just brings back a lot of memories!