The Beatles Racist Version Of “Get Back” aka “No Pakistanis”

On January 9, 1969 The Beatles introduced an early version of the song “Get Back” known in Beatles folklore as the “No Pakistanis” version.  This version is pretty darn racist in protesting immigrants and immigration laws.  Hence the famous “Get Back To Where You Once Belonged” lyric…

This take below starts off with this racist intro by John Lennon and Paul McCartney …

“Who what that black man? Don’t dig no Pakistanis, taking all the peoples jobs.”

Here’s the lyrics…

Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged.
Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged.

Ronan Relimun, was a Puatarican, working in another world.
Want it thrown around, Se patiha mohican, livin’ in the USA.

Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged.
Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged.

Pretty Ado Lamb, was a pakistani, living in another world,
Want it thrown around, don’t dig no pakistanis, taking all the people jobs.

So get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged.
Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged.

the beatles no pakistanis get back

The song was further developed into what McCartney described as a “protest song”, and in subsequent rehearsal takes the immigration theme is developed into a full verse.

Here’s Lennon singing “Get Back” (No Pakistanis) version…

By mid-January the song had developed into three verses: The first being the “Loretta Martin” verse, the second being the “Jo-Jo” verse and the third the “Pakistanis verse”. While heard by The Beatles fans on bootleg for over a decade the lyrics to the third verse are not widely known:

Meanwhile back at home there’s nineteen Pakistanis,
Living in a council flat
Candidate for Labour tells them what the plan is,
Then he tells them where its at

On 23 January, the group (now in Apple Studios) tried to record the song properly.  Bootleg recordings preserve a conversation between McCartney and Harrison between takes discussing the song, and McCartney explaining the original “protest song” concept.  The recording captures the group deciding to drop the third verse largely because McCartney doesn’t feel the verse is of high enough quality, although he likes the scanning of the word “Pakistani”.

George Harrison & John Lennon’s Versions Of The Beatles “Get Back”


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