"Act Naturally (Buck Owens cover)" as written by Johnny Russell and Vonie Morrison....
They're gonna put me in the movies
They're gonna make a big star out of me
We'll make a film about a man that's sad and lonely
And all I gotta do is act naturally

Well, I'll bet you I'm gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar you can never tell
The movies gonna make me a big star
'Cause I can play the part so well

Well I hope you come and see me in the movies
Then I know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally

We'll make the scene about a man that's sad and lonely
And beggin' down upon his bended knee
I'll play the part but I won't need rehearsal
All I gotta do is act naturally

Well, I'll bet you I'm gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar you can never tell
The movies gonna make me a big star
'Cause I can play the part so well

Well I hope you come and see me in the movies
Then I know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally


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"Act Naturally" as written by John Russell Voni Morrison

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  • +2
    General Commenthumorous perormance? Sad sack Ringo? Ringo is a great singer and i love this song. Ringo doesn't get the respect he deserves!
    Lucas1234on September 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRingo is definitely the man. It's a real shame he doesn't get the credit he deserves. The Beatles, whether you want to believe it or not, would have been much different without him.
    PeaceFrog33on October 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its pretty obvious that the song is about a man that himself is sad and somewhat pathetic. Since he is playing the part in a movie of a character who shares traits with him, all he has to do is act naturally.
    rebel543on May 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Beatles always said that Ringo was the best actor out of the group. And it was something that he would do as the years went by, making many a film.

    Act Naturally is a Buck Owens song that the Beatles recorded with Ringo, of course, on lead vocals with a little help from Paul McCartney. Ringo loved country music. This song was perfect for him. I'm sure his fans loved it!

    Tidbit: This was also the Beatles last cover song that was entirely written by a another person other than the Fab 4 in the 60's (Other than the public domain snippet from Let It Be...Maggie May).
    lennonmccartneyon September 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentReally, this song is perfect for Ringo's voice.
    withinyou2001on February 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat cover by Ringo.
    sqrt144on May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOOPS! John and Paul didn't write this song at all.
    I've been told Buck Owens recorded it circa 1962.
    The Beatles version is from 1965.
    It's credited to Morrison/Russell.
    But it fits Ringo's persona perfectly.
    maharishion February 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've never heard the Beatles sing this, always another person or group, so I don't know....
    Empathyon September 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! It completely describes me, my friends, and the Beatles. The Beatles acted naturally to get to the top, and my friends are the same way! (okay not exactly- everyone looks down on us.... but its the principle im getting at.)
    mongoosestalkeron December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe whole song is the perfect song fpr Ringo is you listen closely
    brewdawg819on January 07, 2006   Link

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