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

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

#81: Tell Me What You See

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

"Tell Me What You See" is another song that gives a really good preview of the sound found on Rubber Soul. Paul gives an understated, tired sounding-vocal which is very similar to John's style on "It's Only Love" and "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party". 
The track features interesting instrumentation, marked by Paul's use of the güiro and Ringo's really cool drum pattern. Lyrics-wise, this isn't one of Paul's strongest, but I do like the point-of-view it takes. The singer is opening his heart to the girl, hoping she will figure it out and return the feelings.  
I think I would call this a hidden gem. I enjoy the song and definitely wish it got some more attention. Maybe Paul could take it out for a dry run at a show sometime? 

The songs on the second side of HELP! are really obscure as it gets, aside from one really important song that we're almost getting to (gee, I wonder which one that is?). "Tell Me What You See" also has never appeared anywhere else. In the US, it was prematurely released on Beatles VI, which will get a more detailed explanation later, as I said before. 

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