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Welcome to this Octopus Garden By The Beatles page (I know it's octopus's garden) where you'll find 2 of 2 covering songs by The Beatles.

Check out my free chord sheets and demos below and a few rhythm tips. 

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1. I've Just Seen A Face

seen a face the beatles

I've Just Seen A Face was mainly written by Paul McCartney will some help from John Lennon and appears on their 1965 album "Help".

The song was recorded in a single take and has been covered by artists such as Johnny Cash, The Flaming Lips and The Smithereens. This song was never released as a single in the US or the UK.

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2. Kansas City

kansas city the beatles

Kansas City was written in 1952 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote a few hits for Elvis. The Beatles recorded this one for their  1964 album "Beatles For Sale".

Lennon has the lead vocals on this one with session musician Nicky Hopkins on the piano. The song was also recorded in just one take. The song was a B-side to a single in the UK with the song "Boys" as the A-Side.

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3. Love Me Do

the beatles love me do

Love Me Do was The Beatles first debut single back in 1962 and reached #17 in the UK but hit #1 in the US.

The track is from their 1963 album Please Please Me. In the US the album was called Introducing The Beatles and was released in 1964.

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4. Lovely Rita

lovely rita the beatles

Lovely Rita is a track on the 1967 Beatles album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The song was not released as a commercial single but was released as a promo single in the US before the album's release.

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5. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

lucy in the sky beatles

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds was inspired by a drawing by then toddler Julian Lennon. The song appeared on the "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" album of 1967.

Elton John covered the song in 1974 and had a #1 hit.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: some arpeggio then downstrokes then down down up down up down up down up down up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A, A/G, Gbm, Amaj7#, Dm, C, G, D
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6. Mean Mr Mustard - Polythene Pam

mean mr mustard the beatles

Mean Mr Mustard - Polythene Pam was written by John Lennon and sung by him on the 1969 album Abbey Road.

These two songs were recorded in the same recording session but were not released as single releases, but gained popularity over the decades.

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7. Michelle

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8. Mr Postman

mr postman the beatles

Mr Postman was first released in 1961 by the group the Marvelettes and became a hit for that band in both the UK and the US.

In 1963 The Beatles put the track on their album With The Beatles, their 2nd album. It was never released as a single by The Fab Four.

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9. Norwegian Wood

the beatles norwegian wood

Norwegian Wood can be found on The Beatles Rubber Soul album from 1965.

The song was released as a single in Australia and hit #1 on the charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat with a melody riff
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Dm, Dmmaj7, Dm7, Em, A7, G
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10. Nowhere Man

the beatles nowhere man

Nowhere Man was mainly written by John Lennon and was released as a single in 1966. 

The song ia a track on the album Rubber Soul and hit #1 in the US and #3 in the UK. David Bowie covered this song and it has appeared in film and TV shows.

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11. Ob La Di Ob La Da

obladi oblada the beatles

Ob La Di Ob La Da was written by Paul McCartney and released in 1968 on their self-titled album, also known as the "White Album". The song was recorded during the Beatles' trip to Rishikesh, India, where they were studying transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The song has a reggae-inspired rhythm, with a lively piano melody and handclaps throughout. The lyrics describe the story of a couple, Desmond and Molly Jones, and their everyday life. The chorus features the title phrase "Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on", which has become a popular catchphrase.

Despite being one of the most popular songs on the album, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was not released as a single by the Beatles. However, it has since become a well-known and beloved Beatles tune, and it has been covered by numerous other artists over the years.

The song has also been featured in various films, television shows, and commercials, further cementing its place in popular culture. Despite its popularity, McCartney has expressed some frustration with the song's success, feeling that it overshadowed some of his more serious work with the Beatles.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down and repeat in a fast play
  • Picking: No but a few riffs
  • Chords: D, G, C, Em
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12. Oh Darlin

the beatles oh darlin

Oh Darlin can e found on the 1969 album Abbey Road with McCartney taking the lead vocals. He almost passed out trying to get the right vibe for this song but they captured it in one day of recording.

The song was never released as a single.

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13. Penny Lane

the beatles penny lane

Penny Lane was paired up with the song Strawberry Fields as a single in 1967. It's a street in Liverpool England. A barber shop used to be there where the members of the band used to frequent.

The song peaked at #2 in the UK and #1 in the US and eventually ended up on the compilation album Magical Mystery Tour in 1967.

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14. Please Please Me

the beatles please please me

Please Please Me was one of ten tracks recorded all in a single day by The Beatles for their Please Please Me album. 

This song hit #2 in the UK. The Smithereens, The Bee Gees and Bruce Springsteen have all covered this song.

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15. Rain

the beatles rain

Rain was the b-side to the 1966 single Paperback Writer and eventually ended up on the 1970 Hey Jude album.

John Lennon wrote this one and was used by the band to experiment with looping, backward recording techniques and other stuff they wanted to try out. it was recorded for the album Revolver as well.

Covers of this song have come from The Jesus and Mary Chain and the song reached the top ten in both the US and UK.

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16. Revolution

revolution

Revolution had three different and ended up on their 1969 "The White" album.

The song was a #1 in Australia and New Zealand but made it to #12 in the US. The version I have here is the faster version.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat - with a few chops in the rhythm
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, D7, Am, B7, E7
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17. Rocky Raccoon

rocky raccoon by the beatles

Rocky Raccoon is a track from The Beatles double album a.k.a. the White album from 1968.

Producer George Martin played a honky-tonk style on this track. Johnny Cash and The Black Crowes have covered this song.

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18. She Said She Said

she said she said beatles

She Said She Said is a track from the 1966 album Revolver. The inspiration came from a party Lennon attended where actor Peter Fonda was present and he kept

saying "I know what it's like to be dead", recounting a near death experience he had. The song was never released as a single.

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19. Strawberry Fields

strawberry fields by the beatles

Strawberry Fields was written by John Lennon as he recalled memories of a Salvation Army Childrens Home in Liverpool called Strawberry Fields. McCartney played a trumpet on this song

which was slowed down. The song was recorded in different keys, at different tempos, at different times and a spliced tape was the final result. The song made it into the top 10 in both the US and UK. Peter Gabriel and the band Oasis have covered this song.

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20. The Ballad Of John And Yoko

john and yoko the beatles

 The Ballad Of John And Yoko was recorded by just two of the four Beatles. You guessed it, Lennon and McCartney played all instruments and did all of the singing.

The song was written by JohnLennon about his marriage and travels with Yoko Ono. The song was a #1 hit in several countries. Elton John and The Barenaked Ladies have covered this number.

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21. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

bungalow bill the beatles

The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill was a track on the 1968 White Album and was written by John Lennon.

The song was never released as a single but has been covered by Deer Tick and Phish.

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22. The Long And Winding Road

long and winding road beatles

The Long And Winding Road is a track from The Beatles 1970 album "Let It Be".

The song was released a month after the band disbanded and was their last #1 hit in the US, making it their 20th #1.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret (optional)
  • Rhythm: mainly just downstrokes
  • Picking: a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: Bm, Bnote, D/Gb, G, Gbm, Bm, Em, A7, Am7, D7, D, Dmaj7
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23. The Night Before

the night before beatles

The Night Before was a recording made in 1965 and appeared in their film "Help". Paul McCartney played the song for the first time in concert at Yankee stadium on Jul 15th 2011.

The song hails from the "Help" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D7, F, G, A7, D, C, Bm, Gm, Am, E7
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24. Til There Was You

til there was you beatles

Til There Was You is a track found on the 1963 album called With The Beatles. The song was not written by The Beatles but instead was a song from a 1957 Broadway musical called The Music Man.

Paul McCartney sings lead with George Harrison on guitar with a sting quartet. The song sure does showcase Paul McCartney's vocal abilities.

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25. We Can Work It Out

work it out the beatles

We Can Work It Out can be found on the 1966 album from The Fab Four entitled Yesterday And Today. It's also on their red album from 1962-1966.

George Martin played an organ solo on this song which ht #1 in both the US and the UK. Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan have covered this song.

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26. What You're Doing

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27. When I'm 64

when im 64 the beatles

When I'm 64 is from the "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" album of 1967 and was written way back when Paul McCartney was about 14. It was one of the first songs he wrote.

The song also appeared in the animated film "Yellow Submarine" but the song was never a single release to my knowledge.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret (optional)
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, Dm, G7, G, C7, F, Fm, A7, D7, Am, E7, E
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28. You Won't See Me

you wont see me beatles

You Won't See Me is a track from the bands "Rubber Soul" album from 1965. The song deals with a relationship issue McCartney was having at the time with Jane Asher.

To my knowledge the song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning:  No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, A, B7, Dm, E7, A7
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29. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

hide your love away beatles

You've Got To Hide Your Love Away is a song written by John Lennon about fellow musician Brian Epstein, who was gay and had to keep it secret during those times.

The track appears on the 1965 Help album. The song was a single release in the US but not in the UK.

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