"I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" is a song by The Beatles, written by John Lennon but credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was released on the album Beatles for Sale in the United Kingdom in 1964 and on the album Beatles VI in the United States in 1965. It was the B-side of "Eight Days a Week", which went to #1. The B-side song reached #39 in the U.S. It was also released in 1964, on side 2 of the Beatles for Sale (No.2) 45 extended play on Parlophone/EMI in mono.
The lyrics revisit Lennon's familiar themes of alienation and inner pain. In this song, he is at a party, waiting for his girl to show up. When it becomes clear that she has stood him up, he decides to go, rather than spoil the party for everyone else.
The Beatles recorded the song on 29 September 1964 in 19 takes, the last of which was released.
* John Lennon – lead vocal, acoustic guitar
* Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass
* George Harrison – lead guitar
* Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
Rosanne Cash version
The song was covered by Rosanne Cash for her Hits 1979-1989 compilation. It went to #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in 1989. It is also Cash's last No. 1 hit to date.
Album: Beatles for Sale
Released: December 4, 1964
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, 29 September 1964
Genre: Beat, Country rock
Label: Parlophone, PMC 1240 (mono). PCS 3062 (stereo), CDP 7 46438 2
Producer: George Martin
B-side to "Eight Days a Week" by The Beatles
Released: 15 February, 1965 (US only)
Label: Capitol 5371 (US)