Song of the Day #514: ‘Day Tripper’ – The Beatles

Here’s the flip side of that double-A single I mentioned yesterday, and while ‘Day Tripper’ wasn’t as big a hit as ‘We Can Work It Out’ (and isn’t as good a song) it’s still an excellent tune.

John was the principal author of ‘Day Tripper,’ though there are conflicting accounts about how much of a role Paul played. It’s funny how the two men are in agreement about the authorship of so many of their songs but once in awhile you come upon one that they can’t seem to agree on. Just a case of fuzzy memories, I suppose, because it’s not like either man needed a bigger piece of ‘Day Tripper’ to solidify his songwriting bona fides.

This is another Beatles tracks that, at least initially, showcased their bawdy side. The original phrasing of the “she’s a big teaser” line was “she’s a prick teaser,” which makes even more sense given the line that follows it.

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

Tried to please her, she only played one night stands
Tried to please her, she only played one night stands, 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!

One thought on “Song of the Day #514: ‘Day Tripper’ – The Beatles

  1. Dana says:

    I always assumed this was a Lennon song. It actually contains one of the most immediately recognizable guitar riffs in rock and roll history, so that is an achievement in and of itself.

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