Help! is a song by The Beatles that served as the title song for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album. It was also released as a single, and was number one for three weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Help! was written primarily by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. However, Paul McCartney claims to have helped on the “countermelody”, estimating the song as “70-30″ to Lennon.] During an interview with Playboy in 1984, McCartney stated that the title was “out of desperation”.
In 2004, Help! was ranked number 29 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Here are some interesting song facts:
1) The original title to the song and the movie was Eight Arms To Hold You.
2) Along with Yesterday, this is one of two Beatles US #1 hits with just one word in the title.
3) George Harrison played a 12 string guitar on this.
4) There are different lyrics on the album and single versions.
5) Originally, the album cover showed The Beatles spelling out the word Help using the semaphore system of communicating with flags, which was usually used by ships. The photographer didn’t like the pose, so he had them hold the flags in a way that looked good, but didn’t spell anything.