Released: November 22nd, 1963
Appears on: with the beatles
Lead vocal: Paul
There are some songs that the second you hear, they always take you back to a particular moment. For me, "All My Loving" is one of those songs that does just that.
I lived in Brockton, MA for the first 19 of my (just about) 20 years, so we would take road trips down the east coast to Florida once a year. One of my favorite CDs to spin was always with the beatles and "All My Loving" was one of my favorite tracks. I remember our 1995 trip, which was the first time I spent a week without my parents, who couldn't come because of work obligations. Instead, I went down with my uncles and my grandfather. They decided that we would drive all the way through the night instead of stopping in Virginia or North Carolina. At about midnight or so, we slid in with the beatles and even though John's first two magnificent songs should wake someone up, I wouldn't wake up until Paul said "Close your eyes and I'll kiss you/Tomorrow I'll miss you..."
"All My Loving" is, at its' simplest point, another one of those 'I'm leaving, but remember I always love you' songs. As pointed before on this blog, though, the Beatles infuse this idea with all the perfect parts. Paul's vocal is as innocent as ever and probably one of his best early vocals. George's classic guitar solo is amazing, John's rhythm guitar parts are good and Ringo proves once again that he is one of the most original drummers in rock at this point.
The only thing more I can say is that I love this song. There is no better way to put it. I loved it when I was a year old...I loved it when I was five...I loved it when I was ten....I love it now...I can't imagine how much I'm going to love it in another ten years. It's just one of those songs that captures eternal youth in two minutes and nine seconds. It will never age and will always be loved, which is what the Bealtes are all about. The Beatles will never grow old, not with songs like "All My Loving" in their repertoire.
"All My Loving" was also the opening song in the first Ed Sullivan Show appearance that was watched by 73 million people. Paul still performs this song to this day, nearly 46 years after it was first recorded, showing that it never ages.