5555 We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper
Produced by George Martin
Released on December 1965
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 (charted Dec. 18, 1965 for 12 weeks)
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T hese two tracks took us halfway there to Rubber Soul and its warm, psychedelic setting. Paul’s “We Can Work It Out” (which appears to be the A side in the US, the B side in the UK) has its precedent in “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” its antecedent in “Wait” and “I’m Looking Through You.” Likeable, though the accordion/organ is a little hokey today. John’s “Day Tripper” is an angrier affair, an unsatisfying encounter cut from the same stuff as “Norwegian Wood.” Of note is the opening guitar riff to “Day Tripper,” which I could name in six notes. More on these tracks (including who wrote what) appears on Songfacts for Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out.


  1. WE CAN WORK IT OUT    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:10
  2. DAY TRIPPER    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:47


return to THE BEATLES discography

UK December 1965 Parlophone 7" R5389  
US December 1965 Capitol 7" 5555  
NZ 1965 Parlophone 7" NZP3194  
GER 1966 Odeon 7" 23 122 picture sleeve
ITA 1966 Parlophone 7" QMSP 16388 picture sleeve
US 1968 Capitol 7" 5555 yellow/orange label reissue
ARG 1968 Odeon Pops 7" RRSXP001  
UK 1976 Parlophone 7" R5389 green sleeve reissue
JPN 1977 EMI Odeon 7" EAR-20231 picture sleeve
UK 1985 Parlophone 7" R5389 picture disc
US 1986 Capitol Starline 7" X-6293 black label
US 1996 Capitol 7PNK S7-18895 pink vinyl


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