Any Time At All

Any Time At All – Remastered 2009

Any Time At All – Lyrics


Any Time at All

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“Any Time at All”
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Label of Philippine 7-inch single
Song by the Beatles
from the album A Hard Day’s Night
Released 10 July 1964
Recorded 2 June 1964
Studio EMI, London
Genre Rock
Length 2:13
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin

Any Time at All” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. Credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership, it was mainly composed by John Lennon, with an instrumental middle eight by Paul McCartney.[1] It first appeared on the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night album.


In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Lennon described the song as “An effort at writing ‘It Won’t Be Long‘. Same ilk: C to A minor, C to A minor—with me shouting.”[2]

Lyrically, the song appears similar to the 1963, song, “All I’ve Got to Do” off the album, With the Beatles.[3]

Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “Any Time at All” were sold for £6,000 to an unidentified individual at an auction held at Sotheby’s in London, on 8 April 1988.[4]


Incomplete when first brought into EMI Studios on Tuesday 2 June 1964,[5] Paul McCartney suggested an idea for the middle eight section based solely on chords, which was recorded with the intention of adding lyrics later. But by the time it was needed to be mixed, the middle eight was still without words and that is how it appears on the LP.[4] McCartney sings the second “Any time at all” in each chorus because Lennon couldn’t reach the notes.[6] “Any Time at All” reprises a George Martin trick from “A Hard Day’s Night” by using a piano solo echoed lightly note-for-note on guitar by George Harrison.[7]


In addition to A Hard Day’s Night, “Any Time at All” was included on:


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[10] except where noted

Cover versions[edit]



  1. ^ Miles 1997, p. 164.
  2. ^ Sheff 2000, p. 195.
  3. ^ Any Time At All” by The Beatles. The in-depth story behind the songs of the Beatles. Recording History. Songwriting History. Song Structure and Style” Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  4. Jump up to:a b The Beatles Bible 2009.
  5. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 44.
  6. ^ Alan W. Pollack’s Notes on “Any Time At All”
  7. ^ “95 – “Any Time at All100 Greatest Beatles Songs. Rolling Stone. 10 April 2020.
  8. ^ Margotin, Philippe; Guesdon, Jean-Michel (2014). Books on Google Play All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release. Running Press. ISBN 978-1603763714.
  9. ^ Margotin & Guesdon 2014.
  10. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 120.


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