This article is about the song. For the album of the same name, see Ticket to Ride. Confusion
"Ticket to Ride"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride

Front cover of the album Ticket to Ride.

B-side "Your Wonderful Parade"
Recorded 1969
Released February 14, 1970
Length 4:13
Genre(s) Pop
Writer(s) John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty & The Carpenters
Record label A&M Records
Letter (Make Your Own Kind of Music) T, for "Ticket to Ride"
Tracks from Ticket to Ride

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"Turn Away" (6)
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"Turn Away" (6)

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"Don't Be Afraid" (8)

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Singles by The Carpenters

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"(They Long to Be) Close to You" (1970)

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Notes: Released as a single in 1970, but released on the album in October of 1969.

Screenshot from Gold: Greatest Hits (1985)
The Carpenters performing the "Ticket to Ride" music video in 1969.

I arranged it ["Ticket to Ride"] for the two of us, and the resulting recording became our debut single. Released in October of 1969, it remains one of my favorite Carpenters' recordings.[1]

Richard Carpenter, official song notes

"Ticket to Ride" is a song written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney of The Beatles. Their version was released in 1965 on the album Help!. The Carpenters covered the song in 1969 for their debut album of the same name. The Carpenters' version only peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Song HistoryEdit

Richard heard the Beatles' number one recording of "Ticket to Ride" one day in 1969 and decided it would make a good ballad. The duo's melancholy interpretation of the song was "perfect" as it coincided with the breakup of the "Fab Four"[2], and it brought to light the song's somber meaning.

In 1973, "Ticket to Ride" was re-recorded for their first compilation The Singles: 1969-1973.


  • Karen Carpenter - lead and backing vocals, drums
  • Richard Carpenter - backing vocals, keyboards
  • Joe Osborn - bass guitar
  • David Duke - french horn

Have a ListenEdit



References Edit

  1. Carpenter, Richard. Carpenters • Ticket to Ride. 4 June 2008. The Carpenters' Official Website. 7 July 2008.

External linksEdit

Ticket to Ride on wikia