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

Monday, October 5, 2009

#37: You Can't Do That

Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Released: March 20, 1964
Appears on: A Hard Day's Night
Lead vocal: John

On the flip-side to "Can't Buy Me Love" sits a song by John that is the polar opposite of Paul's lovely, positive love song.
"You Can't Do That" is easily the rockiest early Beatles original and gives us a shade of that 'mean' John Lennon who creeps up every now and then. However, the song is also the 'insecure' John song of A Hard Day's Night. Here's a guy that loves his girl so much, that he is a control freak. A scared, shaken little control freak, who, at the sight of his girlfriend even glancing at another man will let her down and leave her flat. The only thing he cares for is his own image because everybody is so envious of him with this great girl and if she leaves, there goes his image.
"You Can't Do That" also features a fantastic George guitar solo, probably one of his first stand-out spotlights, and some cool backing vocals from George & Paul. John's vocal on the track is also great, but this is only a preview of the other great turns that he takes on A Hard Day's Night.

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