Composer(s) : Gerry Goffin / Carole King
Year : 1962
KEY B-flat Major
FORM Intro -> Verse -> Verse -> Bridge -> Verse -> Bridge ->
Verse -> Outro (fadeout)
INFLUENTIAL VERSION The Cookies (1962)
- The original recording is in the higher key of 'D.' and is performed a bit
slower than the Beatles version. As with "Anna", the two treatments are
remarkably similar with the exception of a saxophone used in one and an
harmonica used in the other.
- The verse of this song is in 12-bar blues form, and though its in a Major
key, there are a number of minor-sounding inflections in the melody making
the music sound both more bluesy and exotic. As I've written elsewhere
(in an article on the Quarrymen in _Illegal Beatles #17_, as well as a
'Note' on the song "Birthday"), it seems that when it came to The Blues,
that the Beatles preferred ordering takeout rather than take a chance with
cooking it up for themselves; this song, as well as "Boys" below are
certainly examples of this phenomenon.
- The fadeout of the original version loops on a rote repeat of the final
phrase; the Beatles characteristically stretch out one of those repeats,
over a minor iv chord, no less.
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