Written by: Paul McCartney & John Lennon
Released: March 22nd, 1963
Appears on: Please Please Me
Lead vocal: John & Paul
"The world is treating me bad/MISERY!"
You say you want to slow things down a bit? Well, how about a song about being rejected, coming right after a song about 'love-at-first-sight'? That's exactly what "Misery" is.
I think this was another case of the Beatles really trying to show off what they could do and right off the bat, they show their versatility as performers. "I Saw Her Standing There" told us that these guys could bring a house down and "Misery" is clearly to show that they could do a standard, slow pop song. The song is also a full harmony track, with John & Paul sharing lead vocal throughout the entire song, even on the bridge.
I like the fade-out, with John doing the "wawawawa" just before it ends. You can tell John had a sense of humor right from the beginning.