"Help!" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone, help

When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody's help in any way
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me, get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
My independence seems to vanish in the haze
But every now and then I feel so insecure
I know that I just need you like I've never done before

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me, get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me

When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody's help in any way
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me, get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me, help me, help me, oh


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"Help" as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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    General CommentJohn 1980: "When 'Help' came out, I was actually crying out for help. Most people think it's just a fast rock 'n roll song. I didn't realize it at the time; I just wrote the song because I was commissioned to write it for the movie. But later, I knew I really was crying out for help. So it was my fat Elvis period. You see the movie: He -- I -- is very fat, very insecure, and he's completely lost himself. And I am singing about when I was so much younger and all the rest, looking back at how easy it was. Now I may be very positive... yes, yes... but I also go through deep depressions where I would like to jump out the window, you know. It becomes easier to deal with as I get older; I don't know whether you learn control or, when you grow up, you calm down a little. Anyway, I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for help."
    the8eson April 06, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHe likes larger girls - "I do appreciate you being round" :D

    Great song.

    PS - No disrespect intended. Just my immature opinion on the lyrics.
    strider3005on January 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNobody this side of 1965 can ever really know what it was like to be what the Beatles were. That said, the irony of this song is almost painful, in retrospect. Here we have John, in his self described "fat Elvis" period, singing about how is he is lost in the world...forgetting the lyrics of his own song, no less--but he crowd still cheers. "The Beatles" became something that John, Paul, George and Ringo could never be. They were just four guys from Liverpool that liked rock and blues and had a great talent for playing, singing, and writing songs...but they became such a cultural icon that it was more than any single person (at least anyone who really thought about it) could endure to be.

    This is still a great song, and typical Lennon. In fact, I would classify "Help" as the first song in the John Lennon cannon, fitting in beside his other masterworks such as "In My Life," "Strawberry Fields," "God," and "Nobody Loves You." Taken all in context, all these songs together present a strikingly poignant view of John Lennon as a men who knew exactly what his short comings were, experienced fame beyond all explanation, but also knew that all the supposed "power" he was attributed was in the hands of a very fickle and sometimes misinformed public and there was very l8ttle could do to be himself among the melee that surrounded his life.
    joseph06on January 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPlay it backward...
    JosephWolfon January 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI agree with what other people have said, that this song is about Lennon's insecurities/emotions etc. but I also think it's like a prayer from him to God. At least it sounds kind of like a prayer to me. After all isn't a prayer a cry for help?
    Just my opinion, you're all entitled to your own :)
    SamH270on November 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Now I find, I've changed my mind, I've opened up the doors"
    I don't know if this counts, but one time I was really high and it made sense what this was about. I believe that Lennon was referring to open the doors to your mind.
    retrovelroundon July 08, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about a guy who's in a terrible relationship and he needs help to fix it up!
    TheGraduateon July 15, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcynthia lennon thinks john wrote htis song because he was unhappy with his marriage with her and he was crying out for someone to help him
    appypollyloggyon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjohn wrote this song in 15 minutes, litterly...i heard somewhere on some beatles site.
    blind_rockstaron August 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't remember from the book to be totally honest, I'd have to go home and reference the book before I can validate your theory. ;D
    Bobo192on April 08, 2003   Link

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