#53 I Wanna Be Your Man 45

by We're Late For Class

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A lot of people don't know that Lennon/McCartney's "I Wanna Be Your Man" is actually a re-write of an old blues tune with the same name. Blind somebody recorded it in the early 50s and collectors know of a few records out there that have survived. A sure clue that it's not a Lennon/McCartney original is illustrated by how John & Paul felt about the song. They gave it to Ringo to sing, a sure sign of something, to be sure. And, for a larf, they pawned it off on The Rolling Stones. Theories abound that it was a blatant attempt to derail their career. But, Lennon & McCartney ended up laughing even louder at the bank, when the Stones somehow had their first hit single with it. Because copyright laws were so loose in the 1960's, it has long been considered just another co-opted blues tune that got "borrowed" by some white guys. Meaning, it was goosed-up by a band of upper-poppin' punks with a Mersyside combo beat. They were kids, what did they know? So, we stripped the song back to its original Mississippi blues roots, then gave it to David Barratt, from The Beatles Compete On Ukulele, who edited it and added some blues uke. The first version is our original mono master, and the flip is Dave's edited & dubbed version. This is why we don't do many vocals. Consider yourself warned.

I Wanna Be Your Man (Mono Master) (3:04)
I Wanna Be Your Man (Edited/Dubbed By David Barratt) (2:43)

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released January 16, 2011

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We're Late For Class Anchorage, Alaska

We're Late For Class: Live, improvisational college collective, about a dozen rotating members, anti-contract, pro-herb, some cut & paste. Free for the asking. Over 75 releases and counting.

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