“I’m Down” is a song by the Beatles written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and first released as the B-side to the single “Help!” in 1965.
The Beatles recorded “I’m Down” on 14 June 1965 in the same session as “Yesterday” and “I’ve Just Seen a Face”.
The Beatles recorded the backing track in seven takes. The first of these takes can be heard on Anthology 2, with a quiet organ track and no backing vocals. At the beginning of the Anthology version, McCartney says, “Let’s hope this one turns out pretty darn good” in a faux American accent. During the session, particularly between takes one and two, McCartney can be heard repeating the phrase “Plastic soul, man, plastic soul”. He later revealed that the phrase, which the Beatles later adapted for the title of their album Rubber Soul, was used by black musicians to describe Mick Jagger.