If You've Got Trouble
- Ringo Starr – double-tracked vocal, drums
- John Lennon – backing vocal, rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass
- George Harrison – lead guitar
Quite possibly the worst song The Beatles ever did. Common consensus is that the tune was boring, the lyrics were trite and uninspired, and the group's performance was flat. As George Harrison put it in The Beatles Anthology:
It's got stupid words and is the naffest song. No wonder it didn't make it onto anything. Critic Ian McDonald referes to it as
the only unmitigated disaster in the Lennon–McCartney catalogue.
If You've Got Trouble was written by the Lennon-McCartney team and performed by Ringo Starr. The recording was made on February 18, 1965 for the Help! film and soundtrack album. Only one take was made, followed by overdubs. After hearing the song played back, the group decided that it was neither a great song nor a great performance. Producer George Martin substituted Act Naturally (also sung by Ringo) for the Help! album and video, and he sent If You've Got Trouble to the tape vault. It was never released while the Beatles were together, and only saw the light of day when it was included in the 1996 album, Anthology 2.