Carl on The Beatles songbook explored
Times flies and more than a month has passed since Please Please Me was posted as part of this series.
Perhaps this song is a true landmark in that it starts the tradition that continued through the rest of The Beatles career: the B Side of a single that is as good as (or nearly as good as) the A side. A song whose quality far surpasses 99% of the rest of singles’ chart content.
But having said that I think it is fair to say that this is one of the more obscure songs from the very early days and It is difficult to understand why.
This contrasts markedly with the schmaltz of P.S. I Love You. It can be argued that it’s equivalently sentimental, but is much more muscular and musically far more interesting. But then it is a vocal by John, so it is hardly surprising.
I’m not sure when I first heard this. We had neither the Please, Please Me single nor album. It’s not on The Red Album and given how rare it was to hear any “popular” music on the old Light Service, be it by The Beatles or anyone else, the restrictions on needle-time, never mind it being the B side of a single it’s hard to pinpoint when it was. Yet it sounds as familiar to me as most of the Beatles songs from this era.
Here’s a live version from the BBC sessions (which wouldn’t be when I heard it, because shows like Saturday Club were never on in our house.