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The Beatles — Don't Let Me Down
Album: Past Masters
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8.4

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Total ratings: 1339









Released: 1970
Length: 3:30
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Don't let me down
Don't let me down
Don't let me down
Don't let me down

Nobody ever loved me like she does
Ooh, she does
Yeah, she does
And if somebody loved me like she do me
Ooh, she do me
Yes, she does

Don't let me down
Don't let me down
Don't let me down
Don't let me down

I'm in love for the first time
Don't you know it's gonna last
It's a love that lasts forever
It's a love that had no past
(It's in E, baby)

Don't let me down
Don't let me down (ooh)
Don't let me down
Don't let me down

And from the first time that she really done me
Ooh, she done me
She done me good
I guess nobody ever really done me
Ooh, she done me
She done me good

Don't let me down
(Hey!)
Don't let me down
(Whoo-hoo)
Don't let me down
Don't let me down

(Eee-hee) Yeah (Oww)
(Oww) (Eee-hee)
Don't let me down
(Oww) Don't let me down
Don't let me down
Can you dig it?
Don't let me down
Comments (163)add comment
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Somewhat surprisingly, still available on YouTube:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtzkaL2t_Y

 
Thanks for that link.  Obviously a cold day in London.  Can't see definitively who the piano player is in this film, but I'm guessing Billy Preston.

From the official notes on YouTube:
"By the time that fateful Thursday came around, [the day this was recorded] the penultimate day of January would be the last time The Beatles ever played together in front of any kind of audience."
"Nobody ever loved me like she does."

If I had a nickel for every time I've had that thought about a woman ....
 jp33442 wrote:
Damn bill can’t you play a Beatles song that we have not heard a million times before
 
You're joking, right? Kinda difficult when all 250 songs are classic and all are well known.
 jp33442 wrote:
Damn bill can’t you play a Beatles song that we have not heard a million times before
 

Well i guess thats the dilemma with real classics - they are well known but always worth a listen :-) 

Enjoy the keys of great billy preston
Damn bill can’t you play a Beatles song that we have not heard a million times before
 rdo wrote:
One of the plethora of Beatles songs that are "quite likeable" but they never did put out really great music except on occasion.
 
Said no one of any import.
Thank the Lord!  What a relief after enduring that horrible Talking Heads song.
 rdo wrote:
One of the plethora of Beatles songs that are "quite likeable" but they never did put out really great music except on occasion.
 
Good way of putting it
Yep, still a ten!!
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Roof top Abbey Road studio live performance....one of the best music videos ever...you can see the early enthusiasm that they once had for playing live shine in their expressions...John vocals are sublime
 
Somewhat surprisingly, still available on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtzkaL2t_Y

Roof top Abbey Road studio live performance....one of the best music videos ever...you can see the early enthusiasm that they once had for playing live shine in their expressions...John vocals are sublime
The best!
 black321 wrote:
One of those songs that always takes me back to an earlier time...21st floor of Colonial Tower, SUNY Albany...good times. 

 
I went to a party at SUNY Albany once while I was at RPI.  Good time.
Billy Preston really steals the show on this song. If they had ever toured again I hope he would have been included.
This

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtzkaL2t_Y
 (former member) wrote:
Yes, I gave it one of my rare 10's...  this song is perfect... 
46% of your songs is rated 10. {#Roflol}
Volume up
Goosebumps
10
... 
One of those songs that always takes me back to an earlier time...21st floor of Colonial Tower, SUNY Albany...good times. 
 Pierreotay wrote:
That is the most ignorant thing one could say about the most influential group of musicians that have ever existed to date...Lol!
Tard!!!


 

 Sloggydog wrote:

Would you like a bigger spoon to stir that pot?

 

 rdo wrote:
One of the plethora of Beatles songs that are "quite likeable" but they never did put out really great music except on occasion.
 
Would you like a bigger spoon to stir that pot?
One of the plethora of Beatles songs that are "quite likeable" but they never did put out really great music except on occasion.

There's Paul songs, and then there's John songs . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtzkaL2t_Y

https://affinitymagazine.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/109508-john_lennon_617_409.jpg

"Blues?  you're bloody right we can play the blues - we're the bloody Beatles ferchrissakes!!!"
These guys could really do HEAVY JAM. Still sounds so good after all this time. Love that amazing bass, genuine passion, & bluesy feel!
i hate to admit this - but when i was much much younger i was not a fan of this song at all......now it's one of my top five beatle favs.....go figure

CRANK IT UP!!!!


{#Music} 
 Stratocaster wrote:

"One of my rare 10s"  LOL.

Check romeo's song ratings, his tongue is firmly in cheek.
 

My tongue is in both cheeks around my teeth!  Hope you are having a marvelous time these days...

love this song...  love this album...
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmHhVEj3n1U&feature=youtube_gdata_player
 coffee-eyes wrote:
Love the grit in this tune.

 
Got to admit that this why I like this tune, but it certainly feels like Beatle - filler too.
Nice swan song.
To defend helgigermany:  this Beatles tune never gets the respect (or airplay) it deserves.
 helgigermany wrote:
Never heared this before! RP surprises me one more time! Very nice tune BTW!!
 
How was it living under that rock for the past 40 years?
 romeotuma wrote:
HazzeSwede wrote:

Must agree with you there..{#Yes} romeo..did you give it a ten ?{#Ask} I did !{#Smile}
 
Yes, I gave it one of my rare 10's...  this song is perfect...

 
"One of my rare 10s"  LOL.

Check romeo's song ratings, his tongue is firmly in cheek.
"She done me good !" Oh yeah,one can hear that...

Billy Preston played the electric piano with the Beatles when they recorded this song in 1969...

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 

Great, great track.  Especially the last minute, with the Preston keys, bass riffing, and the vocal ad libs.  Love it.

The Beatles - Dont Let Me Down, Live
Video From Rooftop Concert.


Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Ratings need to go higher than 10 for this song.


HazzeSwede wrote:

Must agree with you there..{#Yes} romeo..did you give it a ten ?{#Ask} I did !{#Smile}
 


Yes, I gave it one of my rare 10's...  this song is perfect...



 romeotuma wrote:


fantastic song...
 
Must agree with you there..{#Yes} romeo..did you give it a ten ?{#Ask} I did !{#Smile}
I always enjoy hearing this, but it's never risen above "Beatles oddity" for me.
Just love this one. I always think of the boys on the roof, with Billy Preston playing the keys. You can play this any time you like, Bill (as if you need my say so ...)
Never heared this before! RP surprises me one more time! Very nice tune BTW!!
One of my Beatle favs. I could not give this a 10 fast enough.{#Meditate}
 lmic wrote:
Thanks, romeo. Totally validates this as being one of my very most favorite Beatles masterworks. {#Arrowd} "J.W.O. Lennon, Misery Expert," indeed! LMAO
 


I love you...

 
 Proclivities wrote:


There are plenty of modern musicians who can "play in almost any style"; they're just harder to find and perhaps discouraged from "not being consistent".  I imagine that the industry could be a culprit.

 
The audiences are as much to blame as the industry.  If the consumers were not content to hear mass-produced pablum on repeat on a corporate radio format - if we'd support local and/or independent radio - if we'd support local artists - well, you know I'm preaching to the choir typing this here, but RP listeners really aren't indicative of your average music consumer, and if you doubt that, click here.

Thanks, romeo. Totally validates this as being one of my very most favorite Beatles masterworks. {#Arrowd} "J.W.O. Lennon, Misery Expert," indeed! LMAO

 unclehud wrote:
These guys could play in almost any style.  Can modern acts do the same?

Or do we blame the lack of variety on a recording industry that prefers generating new versions of the same tripe because that's what sells records?

 
I blame the recording industry, for sure. It's about sales and money for them, and not about creative expression. Same with the film and TV industries (I can't believe there's a remake of "La Femme Nikita," which was a series based on the original Luc Besson movie "Nikita."  Shows how little imagination the "industries' have.)

There are precious few groups/individuals who can show versatility. I don't even look for it anymore - if a song moves me, I'm happy. If I can sing alternate lyrics to the same tune, or if I can hum an already-recorded song to the lyrics, I yawn and switch to Neopets or my ever-difficult spreadsheets.

Geez, I think I just depressed myself.



Richie Unterberger of Allmusic said that "Don't Let Me Down" was "one of the Beatles' most powerful love songs"...  Roy Carr and Tony Tyler called it "a superb sobber from misery-expert J. W. O. Lennon, MBE. And still one of the most highly underrated Beatle underbellies."


An anguished love song John Lennon wrote to Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney interpreted it as a "genuine plea", with Lennon saying to Ono, "I'm really stepping out of line on this one. I'm really just letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down."

Lennon's vocals work their way into screams, presaging the primal scream stylings of the following year's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album...
 

 
 peter_james_bond wrote:
What can you say about The Beatles that hasn't already been said? Four guys from Liverpool who, together with George Martin, made magic.

 
Man, you got that right!

They let me down with this one. {#Arrowd}


Yessss...  love it...

 
 Jamunca wrote:
I see Mr. Tuna is busy employing allllll his macros in this song thread. Funnier still that I don't disagree with him.
 


Thank you...  I bask in your unbridled adulation...

this song be good...


 

The Beatles in 1968 by rising70
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_first_rays/


.

I see Mr. Tuna is busy employing allllll his macros in this song thread. Funnier still that I don't disagree with him.

hurts so good.............

second best beatle song after golden slumbers medley.............

good choice bill!
 lmic wrote:
Oh, John...
 

Yes, we miss him...  this song is soooo awesome...




What can you say about The Beatles that hasn't already been said? Four guys from Liverpool who, together with George Martin, made magic.

John's vocals are reminiscent of "Twist and Shout."  Raw and soulful.  John, you are missed!



from the best of the best...  yessss...


 unclehud wrote:
These guys could play in almost any style.  Can modern acts do the same?

Or do we blame the lack of variety on a recording industry that prefers generating new versions of the same tripe because that's what sells records?

 

There are plenty of modern musicians who can "play in almost any style"; they're just harder to find and perhaps discouraged from "not being consistent".  I imagine that the industry could be a culprit.

Oh, John...


fantastic song...


Not my favourite Beatles piece but it's interesting how you can feel the frustration and pain in Lennon's voice.
I was playing Walrus this morning for my 13 yr old and pointing out the production tips on it, and mentioning how Martin was this old dude with a history of classical music and comedy record production and how important he was to the Beatles.

In that, he let allowed/facilitated them to go their way, from things like Love Me Do to Penny Lane to this. Imagine a producer that was focused on "it's not what the fans expect" or "we have to deliver a product" or anything else that you can expect a contemporary visionless record company appendage to say.

Songs like this, and all the others, are a wonderful amalgam of those five Beatles' free spirits. 

These guys could play in almost any style.  Can modern acts do the same?

Or do we blame the lack of variety on a recording industry that prefers generating new versions of the same tripe because that's what sells records?

Love this. It sounds so pure.


love it...


Such a great song. Glad they added it to the "Naked" version of "Let it Be". Great vocals from John.

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 calypsus_1 wrote:
"Don't Let Me Down" (1969):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O7PnvVgQvA
 
Wonderful! Thanks calypsus_1.
 calypsus_1 wrote:


"Don't Let Me Down" (1969):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O7PnvVgQvA


 

very cool...




"Don't Let Me Down" (1969): 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O7PnvVgQvA   *


*  "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by EMI Music. "

Just like a "cancer", against music, against artists, against music lovers, with exercise of rights or not, these bad attitudes, to prevent the viewing of short excerpts of historical documents, are against an entire musical community, and people will have this in mind when they see the seal these labels on the products they promote.


 MinMan wrote:
Isn't that Billy Preston rif ? Great stuff!
 
...invited by George to try to keep the infighting at bay.

Their new studio, designed by wiz-kid (not!) Magic Alex, was a fiasco. John's attention was fully on Yoko, who proved to be intrusive in the lives of the rest of the group. There were also legal battles going on; Paul wanting the Eastmans to come in, the other three wanting to cast their lot with "disaster-in-the making" Allen Klein.



This song is soooo good for the ears...


Isn't that Billy Preston rif ? Great stuff!
Love the grit in this tune.
 wookie wrote:
uh, these guys are pretty good
 
Yes, and in honor of the rooftop concert, I'd say they passed the audition!

"I'm in love for the first time
Don't you know it's gonna last
It's a love that lasts forever
It's a love that has no past"

Devastating irony in a pop quatrain.
Coming up on the 40th anniversary of the rooftop concert. January 30th, I believe.

So who are the phillistines cause the average rating is not 10 and that just makes no sense
The Beatles at their sexiest.  Cool, hot stuff.
Volume++++++++


Great song... love it... we still miss you, John...


Nothing but good here!
gopre wrote:
this cut exemplifies Lennon's contribution to the band. McCartney never could have pulled this off, at least not sincerely. Not cracking on Paul, just saying he & John possessed uniquely different viewpoints and styles.
Are you kidding? Give Oh, Darling a listen and tell me Paul couldn't pull this off.
An old dusting classic that I keep shining with the gentle cloth of my nostalgia. Good ol' days !!
Ahhh to have been done good ;-)
I get it, it's the suicide downer set: Beatles - Don't Let Me Down Elliott Smith - Between The Bars Trespassers William - Lie in the Sound Mazzy Star - Still Cold
only argument you ever need to show the Beatles are the greatest ever. take all the great songs that were not originally album tracks (like this one) and you produce one of the great albums ever.
Beatles - Don't Let Me Down Elliott Smith - Between The Bars B( R)ingo
God this is so good. The Beatles laid down such a vivid blue print for the future of music.
ghcollins86 wrote:
Might be my favorite Beatles song from my favorite sessions . . . always surprises people but I love the rawness and honesty . . .
Lennon and McCartney duet and Billy Preson keyboards -- sublime
musikalia wrote:
Oooookay.... that sure is curious.
What - just the headphones part maybe. I've rarely gone a day without a Beatles song since I bought my first 8-track versions of the blue and green albums when I was 12.
Might be my favorite Beatles song from my favorite sessions . . . always surprises people but I love the rawness and honesty . . .
I am very much wishing that I had a drink in my hand during the last couple of songs. It would serve as a nice complement to the music: Pearl Jam - Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in... Beatles - Don't Let Me Down Elliott Smith - Between The Bars Trespassers William - Lie in the Sound Mazzy Star - Still Cold
fab4fan wrote:
I have been listening to THe Beatles in headphones almost every day of my life since I was nine years old
Oooookay.... that sure is curious.
A great, great song. I just had it on my car stereo this afternoon....loud! :jump:
The beatles do me good and never let me down.
Love the rooftop version of this song...o so sweet!
canadianbug wrote:
love it! i only first heard this as a cover by matchbox 20! thanks for playing this :)
damn I am glad I grew up in the 60's and 70's. MATCHBOX 20?? LAMENESS...........
Still waiting for the short to come release of the whole remixed cataloge! :bounce:
Utterly amazing track.
DoctorHooey wrote:
let's all remember this is live in the studio. No overdubs. This is particularly remarkable in the light of more recent releases by bands that are so heavily tracked.
Truly. If you don't agree, put up your dukes and the Doctor and I will tag team you to the mat.
this cut exemplifies Lennon's contribution to the band. McCartney never could have pulled this off, at least not sincerely. Not cracking on Paul, just saying he & John possessed uniquely different viewpoints and styles.
uh, these guys are pretty good :cheesygrin:
let's all remember this is live in the studio. No overdubs. This is particularly remarkable in the light of more recent releases by bands that are so heavily tracked.
lsherida wrote:
I'll never complain if RP doesn't play another Beatles song. They're particularly annoying if you listen on headphones.
Thats because you are obviously deaf and :iamwithstupid: ! I have been listening to THe Beatles in headphones almost every day of my life since I was nine years old and amazingly they sound as great as they do recorded on only 2,4 and at the end of their career only 8 track tape because the recording technology was so limited in the 1960's!
Essbee wrote:
You must have never heard "Mr. Moonlight."
But that was a cover version,and unlike all of their other great covers,I agree it wasn't a good one!
tony620d wrote:
AMEN SISTER WELCOME TO HELPING 1 OF 7 FOR THE DAY!
To both posters,you are deaf and :iamwithstupid: :iamwithstupid: :iamwithstupid: !!!!
Ya gotta love the bass in this tune.
lathyris wrote:
I was raised on Phoebe Snow's version of this song -- if you haven't heard it, definitely check it out. She's got a mesmorizing, jazzy voice that fits this song perfectly.
All Phoebe Snow's stuff is great,IMHO. Let's upload some, and turn 'em on !! :good-vibes:
Fabtastic!
Grow up listening to this song, amazing; never fades never go away just get better every time
I love the guitar on this one. Simply awesome.
lathyris wrote:
I was raised on Phoebe Snow's version of this song -- if you haven't heard it, definitely check it out. She's got a mesmorizing, jazzy voice that fits this song perfectly.
oh wow this version is simply amazing!!! thanks for turning us on
jtdiver wrote:
how can you not rank almost every Beatles song a 10?
I just bumped this up from 9 to 10 since it is probably one of my favorite Beatle tunes... I am sure there are songs that aren't worthy of 10's, but most of the catalog rates higher than lower...
I was raised on Phoebe Snow's version of this song -- if you haven't heard it, definitely check it out. She's got a mesmorizing, jazzy voice that fits this song perfectly.
yes one of my favs too
Probably wanna of my favorite Beatles songs