I'm a Loser
- John Lennon – lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass guitar
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
The second track of John Lennon's trilogy on lost love -- the thee opening songs on the Beatles' fourth album, Beatles For Sale, I'm a Loser was clearly influenced by Bob Dylan, and, in Dylan's style, apparently autobiographical. Lennon seems to be revealing the pressures of being an object of public worship while in private he struggled to find contentment. John's vocal is overdubbed. In this song he goes down to a low G, the bottom of his range, and heard only in this song and one other (Happiness is a Warm Gun). McCartney's harmony is the only other voice heard on this track. Until I Feel Fine was written, this song was to be the Beatles' next single release.
August 14, 1963 in 8 takes.