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"If I Fell" was credited to Lennon–McCartney, but John Lennon often stated that he wrote it. "That's my first attempt at a ballad proper....It shows that I wrote sentimental love ballads way back when", Lennon stated in his 1980 Playboy interview. However, Paul McCartney stated that he contributed to the song: “We wrote ‘If I Fell’ together.” Lennon and McCartney shared a single microphone "for their Everly Brothers-like close harmonies." Like much of the Beatles' early work, the song was released in two different mixes for mono and stereo. Lennon's opening vocal is single-tracked in mono but double-tracked in the stereo mix. "If I Fell" was a part of the Beatles repertoire during their US and Canadian tour in 1964. The group typically performed the song faster than the studio version, and Lennon and McCartney often sang it with barely suppressed laughter. On more than one occasion it was introduced as "If I Fell Over".