Music Friday: The Beatles Sing About Buying a Diamond Ring ‘If It Makes You Feel All Right’ in ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you sensational songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today’s song is the forever-young “Can’t Buy Me Love” from the Beatles’ third studio album, A Hard Day’s Night.

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Recorded in 1964 by the best-selling and most influential band in rock history, “Can’t Buy Me Love” leads off with the famous sing-along line, “I’ll buy you a diamond ring, my friend, if it makes you feel all right.”

McCartney told an interviewer in 2000 that the idea behind the song “was that all these material possessions are all very well, but they won’t buy me what I really want.” And, what he wants, apparently, is love.

When “Can’t Buy Me Love” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1964, the entire Top 5 that day was filled with Beatles’ songs, including “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me.” This amazing accomplishment has never been repeated.

See the classic live performance of the Beatles performing “Can’t By Me Love” at the end of this post. The lyrics are below…

“Can’t Buy Me Love”
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Performed by the Beatles.

Can’t buy me love, oh
Love, oh
Can’t buy me love, oh

I’ll buy you a diamond ring, my friend
If it makes you feel all right
I’ll get you anything my friend
If it makes you feel all right

‘Cause I don’t care too much for money
For money can’t buy me love

I’ll give you all I’ve got to give
If you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give
But what I’ve got I’ll give to you

I don’t care too much for money
For money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, oh
Everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, oh
No, no, no, no

Say you don’t need no diamond rings
And I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That money just can’t buy

I don’t care too much for money
Money can’t buy me love

Buy me love
Everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, oh
No, no, no, no

Say you don’t need no diamond rings
And I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That money just can’t buy

I don’t care too much for money
Money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, oh
Love, oh
Buy me love, oh

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