EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Day Tripper/We Can Work it Out’ – The Beatles

What was the number one song in the UK on 16th December 1965?

The Beatles are here yet again, this time with a double AA side. Day Tripper and We Can Work it Out was number one for 5 weeks.

Day Tripper:

As per, this Beatles single starts with a memorable guitar riff. There is so much music history wrapped up in this song. For starters, it is about LSD. It is also suggested that John Lennon in particular aimed the lyrics at McCartney who had abstained from taking LSD, whilst the other three Beatles revelled in it. It is a song that was greatly influenced by a variety of sources including Motown and rockabilly (most notably Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman) and the blues (Watch Your Step by Bobby Parker). It is undeniable the influence that The Beatles had on music, but with Day Tripper we also have to give credit to who influenced them. It’s a class song obviously and the main reason for this is its rich tapestry of musical inspiration.

We Can Work it Out:

Well, there’s no messing about with this song. The Beatles get straight in there with the catchy verse. I love how this song is so clearly divided by the parts written by McCartney and the parts written by Lennon. Yet, they so perfectly merge into each other. McCartney wrote the verse and short chorus and Lennon wrote the twelve-bar bridge. Interestingly, it was Harrison that suggested the waltz-like passage during the bridge. For a song with many different contributions, it all indeed – works out. Thanking you.

Lyrics

Day Tripper:
Got a good reason
For taking the easy way out
Got a good reason
For taking the easy way out now
She was a day tripper
One way ticket, yeah
It took me so long to find out
And I found out
She’s a big teaser
She took me half the way there
She’s a big teaser
She took me half the way there, now
She was a day tripper
One way ticket, yeah
It took me so long to find out
And I found out
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Tried to please her
She only played one night stand
Tried to please her
She only played one night stand, now
She was a day tripper
Sunday driver, yeah
It took me so long to find out
And I found out
Day tripper, day tripper, yeah
Day tripper, day tripper, yeah
Day tripper, day tripper, yeah
We Can Work it Out:
Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.
Think of what you’re saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it’s alright.
Think of what I’m saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.
Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it’s a crime,
So I will ask you once again.
Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we may fall apart before too long.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.
Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it’s a crime,
So I will ask you once again.
Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we may fall apart before too long.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

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