Welcome to "Every Little Thing", a blog discussing all 214 songs released by the Beatles from 1962 to 1970....by Daniel Seth Levine.

Friday, September 11, 2009

#23: Don't Bother Me

Written by: George Harrison
Released: November 22nd, 1963
Appears on: with the beatles
Lead vocal: George

Most groups are lucky if they have one good songwriter. The Beatles not only were blessed with two...but three.
Sure, George's "Don't Bother Me" isn't anything special. In I, Me, Mine, George wrote that it came about while he was sick in bed and thought he would write a song 'just to see if I could do it'. This obviously would lead to a song about how you want people to just go away. The weird thing about this song, though, is that you'd expect it to be slow, dull and depressing, but that's hardly the case. It's the complete opposite. In fact, we even see people dancing to it in A Hard Day's Night!
"Don't Bother Me" is certainly a cornerstone in Beatles lore, simply because it is George's first song, but other than that, it doesn't do much to stick out. George was obviously trying to write a song much like John and Paul's. Thankfully, he would figure out how to make his songs feel and sound different that a John or a Paul song pretty soon.

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