♫ A World Without Love ♫

I’m taking you way back tonight … 1964.  I was thirteen years old and had just gotten my first full-time job … making $100 per week!  I thought I was rolling in dough!  That was also the year I became a serious smoker, learned to drive a stick shift, and learned to kiss with my eyes closed!  It was, obviously, a memorable year.  Among the memories from that year is this song by British duo Peter and Gordon.

I did not know that John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this song. It is the biggest hit they wrote that was not released by The Beatles. It became the first and biggest hit for Peter & Gordon.  The song was originally meant to be recorded by The Beatles, but that plan was vetoed by John Lennon. Peter Asher explained: “John thought the first line ‘Please lock me away’ was laughable.”

Peter Asher and Gordon Waller, then (1965) and 40 years later (2005)

Peter & Gordon were Peter Asher and Gordon Waller. Paul McCartney went out with Asher’s sister, the actress Jane Asher, which is how he met Peter. This song found its way to Peter Asher when Paul McCartney was living in the Asher household at 57 Wimpole Street in London during his time dating Jane Asher. He played the song for Peter while in his bedroom.  According to Asher …

“Paul had played Gordon and me that song at some point, just in passing. It was really just half a song. It didn’t yet have a bridge. Gordon and I were working at clubs in London at that time, and we got offered a record deal by EMI, who saw us as an English version of The Kingston Trio, or a Peter, Paul and Mary type of thing. We did the American folk song ‘500 Miles,’ and that was the song they were thinking would be our first single. Anyway, we signed the record deal with EMI, and set the date for our first recording session. At that point I went to Paul and asked him if that orphaned song was still up for grabs, since we needed three or four songs to record on that first day in the studio. Paul said we could have it, so I asked him to finish the bridge. And he did. As I recall, the bridge came in the nick of time for us to record; World Without Love’ at that first session.”

An interesting side note:  Peter Asher would go on to become the manager of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.  Asher is still alive and active in the music business today, but Gordon Waller died in 2009.

A World Without Love
Peter and Gordon

Please lock me away
And don’t allow the day
Here inside where I hide
With my loneliness

I don’t care what they say I won’t stay
In a world without love

Birds sing out of tune
And rain clouds hide the moon
I’m OK, here I’ll stay
With my loneliness

I don’t care what they say I won’t stay
In a world without love

So I wait and in a while
I will see my true love’s smile
She may come, I know not when
When she does I lose
So baby until then

Lock me away
And don’t allow the day
Here inside where I hide
With my loneliness

I don’t care what they say I won’t stay
In a world without love

So I wait and in a while
I will see my true love’s smile
She may come, I know not when
When she does I lose
So baby until then

Lock me away
And don’t allow the day
Here inside where I hide
With my loneliness

I don’t care what they say I won’t stay
In a world without love

I don’t care what they say I won’t stay
In a world without love

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul Mccartney
A World Without Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

26 thoughts on “♫ A World Without Love ♫

  1. This tune has Beatles written all over it! I’m surprised they never covered it being it’s their song to begin with. Also amazing that even a throw-away song by McCartney becomes a smash hit, written when he was only 16! The guy just can’t lose. 🙂

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  2. Hold on here! You were 13 or 14, working your first job, and making $100 per WEEK! I was 16 when I got my first fulltime job in 1965, and I was making $30 CD a week. I cry foul!
    By then P&G (not Proctor and Gamble) were on the charts with another hit, I Go to Pieces, written by, of all people, Del Shannon.
    Music was so simple back then, yet so meaningful. World Without Love was great!

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    • Yep … $100 per week … $2.50 per hour! I worked from 3:00 p.m. ’til 11:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, plus went to school full time, so there was little or no time for a social life, but that $100 per hour was liberating! Cigarettes, I recall, were 25 cents a pack in the machine, and gas was somewhere around 32 cents per gallon, so my $100 went far. However, my dad insisted that half was for me, and half had to go into savings for college.

      Del Shannon … Runaway … there’s one I ought to play. And I Go To Pieces, too! Ah, the “good ol’ days”, only I don’t think I saw them as good days at the time … did you?

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    • Ahhhh … we are of the same generation then! I hope you’re enjoying the memories these songs bring back! Frankly, there is little rhyme or reason to what I play or when … I just go with whatever I feel like playing on any night! 😉

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