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

Saturday, January 30, 2010

#77: You're Going To Lose That Girl

Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Released: August 6, 1965
Appears on: HELP!
Lead vocal: John

I've always thought "You're Going To Lose That Girl" was sort of a re-write of "I Should Have Known Better", except from a third-person view. John is telling the listener that, if you don't treat her right, she's going to walk away. Aside from Ringo playing bongos and Paul at the piano, I really don't see this as a unique song as it is similar to a lot of other John songs from the period. 
This is the last song from the film on the album, before the previously-released "Ticket To Ride". In the film, the Beatles 'perform' it in the studio, during the clever (and easily the best part) montage of attempts to get the ring off Ringo's finger. The 'session' abruptly comes to an end as Ringo falls through the floor. The best part of this sequence is the cool feature of showing Paul playing piano and bass at the same time. When the camera switches from showing George & Paul singing behind John to the piano player, Paul magically appears there! That's called great editing.

"You're Going To Lose That Girl" is a relatively obscure track that appeared on Love Songs. Capitol had the audacity to attempt to release the song as the B-Side to a 45 featuring "Girl" to promote Love Songs. All of Capitol's "themed" compilations were proceeded by a single, no matter how useless it was to release one. ("Helter Skelter" b/w "Got To Get You Into My Life" was for Rock And Roll Music in 1976 and "The Beatles Movie Medley" b/w "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" was for Reel Music.) However, this single, which was meant to promote Love Songs was cancelled.  

Next up: Side Two, the songs not in the film, of HELP!

1 comment:

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