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

Thursday, January 14, 2010

#67: What You're Doing

Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Released: December 4, 1964
Appears on: Beatles For Sale
Lead vocal: Paul

Hear that drum into? That is the start of one unique Beatles song. 
"What You're Doing" is really the start of Paul's mean streak. His relationship with Jane Asher was already pretty much on the rocks, although they didn't officially break up until 1968. So, many of Paul's songs up to Revolver deal with loneliness and feeling apart from the girl in the song. This reaches an all-time high with "For No One", but "What You're Doing" is really just the start of this. This also allows for Paul to have more emotional songs. This one is very much like John's songs on the album and so it feels at home on Beatles For Sale.

As the last original, it is only bettered by the opening number on the album, "No Reply". 
Again, this one got held over until Beatles VI in the US. 

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