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

Saturday, October 31, 2009

#50: Things We Said Today

Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
July 10, 1964
Appears on: A Hard Day's Night

Lead vocal: Paul

Believe it or not, "Things We Said Today", another one of Paul's more interesting early songs, is Paul's only appearance on A Hard Day's Night's second side. This is one of those songs that you also just have to find it hard to believe was never a single. It was the B-Side to "A Hard Day's Night" in the UK, which was released the same day as the LP, but still...this is a song any band would kill to have. Yet, for the Beatles, it's just another B-Side/album track.
I think "Things We Said Today" also proves that John wasn't the only one that could write about tough relationships. All of Paul's songs up to this point were all happy-go-lucky love songs, but here, Paul surprises us. He turns out this fantastic song with an even more fantastic guitar riff. Man, I love that riff. If I played guitar, I'd play that sucker all day.
It also has an interestingly weird structure. There's two verses, both sung before the first chorus. Then, what could be the bridge, comes...but it also comes back before the end of the song. Maybe it's just me, but I love the complete obliteration of any standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus format.

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