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It Don't Come Easy
Ringo Starr Lyrics


One, two,
One, two, three, four!

It don't come easy
You know it don't come easy
It don't come easy
You know it don't come easy

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues
And you know it don't come easy
You don't have to shout or leap about
You can even play them easy

Open up your heart, let's come together
Use a little love
And we will make it work out better

I don't ask for much, I only want your trust
And you know it don't come easy
And this love of mine keeps growing all the time
And you know it don't come easy

Peace, remember peace is how we make it
Here within your reach
If you're big enough to take it

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues
And you know it don't come easy
You don't have to shout or leap about
You can even play them easy

Peace, remember peace is how we make it
Here within your reach
If you're big enough to take it

I don't ask for much, I only want your trust
And you know it don't come easy
And this love of mine keeps growing all the time
And you know it don't come easy

"What's my name?" Ringo!
"What's my name?" Ringo!

"Just in case anybody forgot"

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Written by: RICHARD STARKEY

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Jason Elliott

@Brian Seaver George wrote and produced it. Ringo contributed by changing one line in the version he sang but otherwise, words and music by George.
The recording of this song began at a late-night session on 18 February 1970 at Abbey Road's studio 2,
during the sessions for Ringo Starr's "Sentimental Journey" album (although it was not meant to be on this LP, which was a tribute album to songs his family used to listen to - and would like to hear him perform.)
At this stage the song was known as "You Got To Pay Your Dues" - or at least had that as a working title.

The song was written by George Harrison and he directed the other musicians : Ringo on drums -
Klaus Vormann on bass and Stephen Stills on piano.
20 basic track takes were made, with # 20 being labelled "best."
Ringo added a lead vocal and Harrison laid down 2 electric guitar parts.

On 19 February, after working on his own album, recordings resumed on "You Got To Pay Your Dues"
with Harrison not being present that evening - but Eric Clapton may have added a few guitar cords.
During the session Ringo decided to remake the song and take 30 was labeled "best."
Onto this take were added 2 bass parts.
This version was also discarded as Ringo decided to do yet another remake of the song.

The recording for the third version of "It Don't Come Easy" began at Trident Studios on 8 March 1970.
Harrison produced the sessions and also played guitar. Voorman and Stills contributed as before
with Malcolm Evans working a tambourine and Ron Cattermole played saxophone and trumpet.
Further overdubbs were added to the new basic track on 11 March.

The song was then left until October the same year when even further overdubs were made -
including a new piano part by Gary Wright and Jim Keltner on maracas.

An early mix featuring Harrison on lead vocal with backing vocalists shouting "Hare Krishna" -
but without the horns, not yet added - has appeared on bootlegs.

"It Don't Come Easy" was released as a single 9 April 1971 in the UK - with "Early 1970" as the B-side -
and a week later, on 16 April in the US.

In 1991, "It Don't Come Easy" was added as a bonus track to the CD version of the "RINGO" album
along with "Early 1970" and "Down And Out."

Although Ringo Starr has been given sole writing credits for the song it is fair to say that Ringo only played
a minor role in creating the song.
It looks like it boils down to Ringo refusing to sing a line in the third verse :

"Please, remember GOD is how we make it"

After some negotiation he had Harrison change it to :

"Please, remember PEACE is what we make it"

In an interview in 1998 ("VH1 Storytellers" - season 3, episode 4) Ringo claims that he co-wrote the song
with Harrison. He said that Harrison suggested that the last verse be about God.
When Starr protested, Harrison suggested Hari Krishna.
Ringo protested again - but they settled on PEACE when Harrison suggested that as a topic.

- "We wrote it in the early 70's. George was very much into spiritual things.
We got to the last verse and he sang "God" - and I said "No, George, I don't sing about God."
"You sing about God."
So he said : "Hari Krishna" ?
"No, you sing about Hari Krishna."

Harrison countered the third time with "peace" - and Ringo went for that one.

This explains why even in Ringo's version, around 1:45 - the Hare Krishna mantra appear as out of the blue
if one listen closely. But it is heavily downplayed and barely noticeable - if one don't know what to look for.

Ringo later did a version of another of Harrison's songs "I Still Love You" where he also removed the topic of God from the lyrics - just as Cilla Black did, and turned it into a more ordinary love song.



Neil Pemberton

You could pick about 12 songs from ATMP-
I'll have you anytime
My sweet Lord
Isn't it a pity
What is life
Behind that locked door
Let it down
Run of the mill
Beware of darkness
Apple scruffs
Awaiting on you all
ALL THINGS MUST PASS
Art of dying
(I hope you can figure out my choice)

John- #9 dream
Paul- My Love
Ringo- Photograph



Eduardo Alarcón

One, two,
One, two, three, four!

It don't come easy
You know it don't come easy
It don't come easy
You know it don't come easy

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues
And you know it don't come easy
You don't have to shout or leap about
You can even play them easy

Open up your heart, let's come together
Use a little love
And we will make it work out better

I don't ask for much, I only want your trust
And you know it don't come easy
And this love of mine keeps growing all the time
And you know it don't come easy

Peace, remember peace is how we make it
Here within your reach
If you're big enough to take it

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues
And you know it don't come easy
You don't have to shout or leap about
You can even play them easy

Peace, remember peace is how we make it
Here within your reach
If you're big enough to take it

I don't ask for much, I only want your trust
And you know it don't come easy
And this love of mine keeps growing all the time
And you know it don't come easy

"What's my name?" Ringo!
"What's my name?" Ringo!

"Just in case anybody forgot"



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Bobbnoxious

One of George Harrison's very best tunes - and he gave it to Ringo. What an awesome guy George was.

Wicket ANd FRIENDs PARODY

@MrLizardisle I agree very RingoEsq lyric patterns... :) As a person I prolly liked Ringo the best ;)

MrLizardisle

The song's melodic line suggests Ringo's songwriting, as it is very simple. The fine guitar riff/solo is 100% George Harrison of course.

kristine burbey

I love this song

Wicket ANd FRIENDs PARODY

George prolly felt bad for being one of the reasons the Beatles broke up. Think there was a sitch with George and Ringos wife that Lennon Characterised as incest. :/ Kudos To George for the Gifts!!!¿¿¿ Long live Ringo!!!¿¿¿

Mutt Hoople

@Ben Hicks To be fair, His best bud Eric Clapton was laying the wood to George's wife.

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with wings

It's already 7 July in some parts of the world. I wish a very happy 80th birthday and all the best, good health and happiness to Ringo!

Clay Holliman

You mean he's still alive ??????????

Joesph Ledesma

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vrtyqwrzx

wow I forgot that Ringo is 80

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