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"Come and Get It" is a song composed by Paul McCartney for the 1969 film The Magic Christian. The song was performed by Badfinger, produced by McCartney and issued as a single 5 December 1969 in the UK, and 12 January 1970 in the US, on the Beatles' Apple label.

"Come and Get It"
Apple 20 sleeve.jpg
UK picture sleeve
Single by Badfinger
from the album Magic Christian Music
B-side"Rock of All Ages"
Released5 December 1969
Format7" vinyl
RecordedSeptember 1969
GenrePower pop, pop rock
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)Paul McCartney
Badfinger singles chronology
"Dear Angie"
"Come and Get It"
"No Matter What"


The Beatles (Paul McCartney) versionEdit

"Come and Get It"
Song by The Beatles
from the album Anthology 3
Released28 October 1996
Recorded24 July 1969
GenreRock, pop
LabelApple Records
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney
Producer(s)George Martin

Paul McCartney recorded a solo demo of the song on 24 July 1969, after arriving early for a Beatles recording session for their Abbey Road album. Singing the double-tracked lead vocal and playing all the instruments, he laid down the vocals and piano on the first take, sang again and played maracas on the first overdub, then added drums, and finally put in the bass guitar track. It took less than an hour to finish.[1] The biggest differences between the McCartney and Badfinger versions are a slower tempo and slightly higher key on the demo, and the use of three-part harmonies on the Badfinger single. Though McCartney was the only Beatle performing on the track, it was officially released as a Beatles song on the 1996 Anthology 3 compilation album, having already appeared on various bootlegs. In his book Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald described it as "by far the best unreleased Beatles recording".

Badfinger versionEdit

On 2 August 1969, McCartney presented his demo to Apple band Badfinger (then called the Iveys) telling them, "Okay, it's got to be exactly like this demo." His "carrot" for the band was his offer to produce this song and two other Iveys' originals for the movie The Magic Christian, since he had a contract to supply three songs for it. The band followed his instructions.[2]

McCartney auditioned each of the four Iveys to sing lead on "Come and Get It". Ultimately, he picked Tom Evans over the other three band members, Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths, and Mike Gibbins.

The single was released on Apple Records on 5 December 1969 in the UK, but not until 12 January 1970 in the US.[3] "Come and Get It" was a hit single for the band, peaking at number 7 in the United States,[4] and number 4 in the United Kingdom.[5] It was the opening theme for the film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr (it was also repeated during the movie's closing credits, with an additional string arrangement added). The UK picture sleeve for the single shows a kaleidoscopic montage of all four members of Badfinger that appear on the song, although bassist Ron Griffiths left the band before the single was released.

In 1978 a re-formed version of Badfinger re-recorded "Come and Get It" for K-tel Records, with Evans again singing lead. This served to provide a demo recording to give to Elektra Records, and resulted in the Airwaves album in 1979.


The Beatles (Paul McCartney) versionEdit

Badfinger versionEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Other versionsEdit

There is a version by Elton John, featuring on the 2009 album Spirit In The Sky: Rare Sessions 1969–70.

This song has been covered in French by Celine Lomez under the title "Ce que tu veux, je l'ai" (1970).

This song was also recorded by the Vic Lewis Orchestra and Singers, as a promotional single, and released in the UK on NEMS Records in 1969, and in the US on Epic Records in 1970.[12]

Warrant recorded the song for their 2001 covers album, Under The Influence.

Alternative rock band Lazlo Bane covered the song on their 2007 cover album Guilty Pleasures.[13]

Paul McCartney performed the song live for the first time in Bologna, Italy on 26 November 2011.[14]

Toots Hibbert and Sly and Robbie cover the song on The Art of McCartney covers album released in 2014.

Most recently, Paul McCartney shared lead vocals with Alice Cooper in the cover of the song by supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which appears on their debut album Hollywood Vampires, released 11 September 2015. In addition to Cooper, and McCartney on lead vocals, piano and bass, the band features guitarist Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.


  1. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. p. 182. ISBN 0-517-57066-1.
  2. ^ The Beatles Anthology, p. 289
  3. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1969 – "But If Paul's Alive, How Did He Die?"". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 82. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.
  4. ^ "allmusic – Badfinger – Billboard singles". Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Chart Stats – Badfinger – Come And Get It". Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Come And Get It". 14 March 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
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  8. ^ a b "Songs from the Year 1972". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  9. ^ "flavour of new zealand – search listener". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Vic Lewis Orchestra & His Singers* – Come And Get It / No Other Heart". Discogs. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Lazlo Bane's Guilty Pleasures". Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Bologna; Set list". 26 November 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2017.