Composer(s) : Luther Dixon / Wes Farrell
Year : 1962
KEY E Major
FORM Intro -> Verse -> Verse -> Bridge -> Verse (guitar solo) ->
Verse -> Bridge -> Outro (fadeout)
INFLUENTIAL VERSION The Shirelles (1962)
- The original version is in the higher key of G and includes a piano and sax
in the arrangement. The Beatles needed to change some of the words in order
to make the gender pronouns come out right for a male lead singer, though
they went beyond this and also changed the scat-sung phonemes for the backing
vocals. The Shirelles save that backing vocal for the second verse but the
Boys start it right off the bat -- further evidence that they had not yet
learned the layering trick.
- This song employs the 12-bar blues form throughout by use of a fairly old
trick in which the backbeat and arrangement are modified for the "bridge"
in order to disguise the fact that the music (or at least the chord
progression and phrasing) is identical to that of the verses. The
placement of the second bridge at the very end with a third repeat of
it into the fadeout is an additional formal novelty, though personally,
I don't think it is sufficient to prevent a certain monotony from setting in.
- Intentional or not, this song started what would develop into a
long-lived tradition for Ringo to be relegated to covers and/or novelty
numbers for his carefully rationed solo vocal assignments. Up until
_Rubber Soul_, the only *non*-cover was "I Wanna Be Your Man", and from
then onward, even with his own few original compositions, we'd hear him
more often than not on the likes of "Yellow Submarine" and "Octopus's Garden."
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