COME BACK BEATLES

"It was easy to see how good it could be in the years ahead"



Part of the Annotated Horslips Lyrics Pages on comebackhorslips.com

Recorded On - Covered By - General Notes - Comments



[Spoken over noise of crowd] Hello everybody...

Don't you know, you were the best thing that ever happened to us.
But you wandered away. Want you to say you'll be back again.
If you only knew the magic you brought when you played us the tunes in your head.
It was easy to see how good it could be in the years ahead.


Come back Beatles.
Beatles come back.
We've been needing you so,
want you to know.
Come back Beatles.
Beatles come back.
Love you.
Need you.
We do.


How I wish we could be back in the heat of the Cavern again,
Watching you play, hearing you say, "Oh yeah, I'll tell you something...."
Cos the rains came and wilted our flowers and washed all the colours away.
But the clouds disappear when we look up and here comes the sun.


Come back Beatles.
Beatles, come back.
We've been needing you so,
Want you to know.
Come back Beatles.
Beatles come back.
Love you.
Need you.
We do.


Recorded On:

  1. Tracks from the Vaults

Covered By:

  1. The Teraways

General Notes:

The song is a genuine collaborative piece. The initial inspiration ("Come back Beatles ... followed, naturally, by... "Beatles come back") appeared to me in a vision. A bit like four men on a flaming pie. I then threw it it out there for the band to kick around. At some point a decision was made to pursue it to its logical conclusion. Write, record, release.

The lyrics were knocked into shape as the melody emerged. It was a labour of love, clearly. And great fun. I'm assuming that Barry and I were largely responsible for the lyrics.

We recorded in Rockfield with the wonderfully accommodating Fritz Fryer, who had an innate understanding of the era we were evoking, having been in the chart-topping northern beat group The Four Pennies.

The studio we used in Rockfield was the original 16-track in the old barn that Dave Edmunds had recorded his version of I Hear You Knocking, which was a John Lennon fave, with the Ward brothers who owned the Rockfield farm. The success of that recording was the bedrock that the rest of Rockfield Studios was built on. As I recall, the brothers, two marvellous Welsh gentlemen, also later set up their own indie label called Rockfield.

The story's been told of how we then took the master tape to lots of record companies who ran us from their offices saying the Beatles were old hat, last year's thing and that the record-buying kids today (then) were more interested in the Bay City Rollers. We (me in particular) hung our heads in shame. Another bright idea rubbished at the altar of commercial reality. Or so we thought.

Months later, EMI re-released all of the original Beatles' singles on the same day. The following week the chart was dominated by a number of Beatles hits.

In offices all over London people remembered the unlikely Irish pop group who'd been touting a song about The Beatles. Our phone began to ring. Offers poured in. Being stubborn, we delighted in telling them all that we weren't interested. We'd moved on.

How someone at Polydor rang I don't know. We hadn't approached them. They didn't flinch when we said it was to be a one-off single release by a band called Lipstick. Oh, and, hand over a substantial advance, please. (The was a smart move as we'll see!)

The single was released and the arbiters of taste in Britain at the time, the playlist panel at the BBC, were split on its merit. There were those who championed it. But those who erroneously believed that Lipstick had jumped on the Fabs' new bandwagon considered it bad taste. They won and so it didn't make the A playlist.

Still, it was fun!

Years later, I learned that Nick Lowe, who'd been spending a lot of time with the Wards and Dave Edmunds in Rockfield with Brinsley Schwarz released a single (big in Japan, perhaps?) called We Love You Rollers. I must check with him the next time I see him. Could it be that the Wards gave him a heads up, as we say? If so, it would embroider a sensationally daft episode in the True Story of Rock'n'Roll.

Eamon Carr, email to site, July 2010


This fansite's domain is directly inspired by this song. And it worked!

Lee Templeton

HTML Comment Box is loading comments...


First Posted: 30 July, 2010
Last Revised: 20 March, 2011