Baby's in Black (2:03)

Cover of Beatles for Sale

From Beatles for Sale and 47 other releases

“Baby’s in Black” is a song by The Beatles, co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released in the United Kingdom on Beatles for Sale and in the United States on Beatles ‘65. AMG described the song as “a love lament for a grieving girl that was perhaps more morose than any previous Beatles song.” The lyrics are about Astrid Kirchherr, a friend and photographer the Beatles met during their first trip to Hamburg. She was Stuart Sutcliffe’s fiancée, and was distraught over his death.

The song has a 6/8 time signature with a moderate tempo that makes it sound like 3/4 (waltz-time). The Beatles recorded “Baby’s in Black” on 11 August 1964. It is the first song recorded for Beatles for Sale.
Lennon and McCartney sang their vocal parts simultaneously through the same microphone. This was done at their own insistence in order to achieve a closer feel to the performance. McCartney was subsequently contacted by their music publisher in 1964 enquiring as to which melody line was the main tune (i.e. Paul’s higher or John’s lower melody). McCartney later said that he told the publisher they were both the main melody.

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  • SpankThru23

    underrated.

    21 Aug 10:06pm Reply
  • countryrebel51

    The "FAT Dylan" period of the Fab Four!!!

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • jeemajamajimma

    Flawless vocal performance.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • CainDavies

    ... i used to think this was rubbish......

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • joecubbie

    First song about being goth

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    fantastic vocals. Pure Beatles !

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Lajon_

    I love live version from Shea Stadium :)

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • bad18

    водки найду х) [2] хаха =)

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • cynthiapowell

    I love how Paul's voice go with John's in this song.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • barryvs

    IIII think of heeeerrr

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • paul30801

    Love this song! By the way guys if any of u want a free iphone 4 check out this site FREEIPHONE4-METROLYRICS.INFO Actually works! Just got mine the other day haha

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • DinDan306

    Always has been one of my favorites. Paul's harmonies on this one are ridiculously good.

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Baby's in blaechhhh!

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ilia_shnurok

    Настя, я ждал, что кто-нибудь ответит ^_^

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • DarkSteisy

    я не одна, кто это услышал :D

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ilia_shnurok

    водки найду х)

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Sksat

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE BEATLES SONGS. so good. [2]

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • thechameleonnn

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE BEATLES SONGS. so good.

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Big_Dip

    There is speculation that the song was written about mourning the loss of Stuart Sutcliffe after he died of a sudden brain hemorrhage. The song was a 50/50 effort by both Lennon and McCartney, but started by Lennon as a response to his own mourning process (which he never really got over). The "baby in black" would be photographer Astrid Kircherr, who dated Sutcliffe before he died.

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • godonnygo

    This is my 5th favourite off A Hard Day's Night.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
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