Monday, August 24, 2009

Music Learning. Round 2: What You're Doing (Beatles' SONG, 1964)

"What You're Doing"
  • is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney),  one of eight originals of fourteen songs on the 1964 album Beatles for Sale (see 1964 in music) by the group; it also appeared on the 1965 American release Beatles VI (see 1965 in music).
 The overall effect is tense—a tightly arranged song performed very looselysuiting the lyrical matter of confronting a lover over a crumbling relationship.
  • The lyrics are generally believed to concern McCartney's relationship with Jane Asher.  
  • [Mccartney vs. Lennon] Paul had typically been the more optimistic of the two when it came to songwriting.
Throughout the song, McCartney adds an interesting touch to the rhyme scheme by combining a single, two-syllable word with two one-syllable words  
(i.e. "Look what you're doing, I'm feeling blue and runnin', and there's no fun in it...")
  • "What You're Doing" was recorded on 29 September, 30 September, and 26 October 1964 
John Lennon – acoustic guitar, harmony vocal 
Paul McCartney – bass, double-tracked lead vocal (!)
George Harrison – 12-string lead guitar, harmony vocal 
Ringo Starr – drums 
George Martin – piano
 - if you want it, here it is, come and get it - with love, from me to you - What You're Doing . MP3 -

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