“Run for Your Life” is a song recorded by the Beatles for their 1965 album Rubber Soul. The song, credited to “Lennon–McCartney”, was primarily a John Lennon composition.
The song’s lyrics establish a threatening tone towards the singer’s unnamed girlfriend (referred to throughout the song as “little girl”), claiming “I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man.” The line was taken from an early Elvis Presley song, “Baby, Let’s Play House” (written by Arthur Gunter and Buddy Holly) . Lennon designated this song as his “least favorite Beatles song” in a 1973 interview and later said it was the song he most regretted writing. He also stated that the song was one of George Harrison’s favourite songs on Rubber Soul at that time, despite Lennon’s dislike of it.
Lennon would revisit this theme in a more apologetic fashion with his post-Beatles song “Jealous Guy”.
John Lennon – vocal, acoustic 12-string guitar, slide guitar
Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass
George Harrison – harmony vocal, lead guitar
Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine