Released: November 22nd, 1963
Appears on: with the beatles
Lead vocal: John
As I remarked back on "It Won't Be Long", the early Beatle years were prolific in the cannon of the Lennon songwriting catalog. Although most of the early Beatle songs were genuine Lennon/McCartney collaborations, the majority of them turned out to be distinctly Lennon. "Not A Second Time", the last original on with the beatles, is clearly a Lennon number.
The song basically speaks to the insecurities that John expressed through 1965 that came to a head with "Help!". Here, the singer was hurt by the first round with this girl and really doesn't want her back again for fears that she will just hurt him again. This is definitely a different guy than the one who came to us with open arms in "It Won't Be Long"!
"Not A Second Time" is definitely a favorite of mine and I think it's easy to say that this is a preview of the serious tones that would not only run through John's Beatle songs, but even to the end of his career.