My iPod #424: The Beatles – Girl

“Girl” is the ninth track on the album Rubber Soul, the second album The Beatles released in 1965 and their sixth album overall. Written primarily by John Lennon, the track concerns a relationship where the narrator is strung along by a cold-hearted lady who wears the trousers in their relationship, putting him down at any given opportunity. Though the narrator knows she is bad news he just can’t stay away, and carries on living through the torment.

This song is smooth and very calming to listen to despite the seemingly desperate subject matter. Acoustic guitars dominate the mix, or the left speaker if you’re listening to it in stereo. “Girl” also has a bit of a swing vibe about it too and makes use of the group’s spot-on vocal harmonies. The backing vocals even sing the word ‘tit’ repeatedly at various points, they’re very subtle but once you hear them you can’t forget.

I think the first time I ever heard the track was when I watched its ‘dreamscape’ (the video above) from the Rock Band game on YouTube. We all need to thank Harmonix for the work they put into that, even if they didn’t release all the albums as DLC.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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