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Composition and recordingEdit
McCartney wrote the song while holidaying in Hammamet, a resort in Tunisia. With an up-tempo swing-beat that the writer favoured ("Can't Buy Me Love", "She's A Woman") the song opens with a short refrain, powered by block vocal harmonies, that segues straight into the verse, which is constructed on the blues-mode chord changes the group then favoured. The bridge theme makes a sudden key change up a minor third from A to C (a harmonic strategy also used on the record's next track "You're Going to Lose That Girl") and features more close three-part harmonies as the aggressively sung verse's apparent threat to a jealous girl turns into a sweet tribute to the "other" girl who "will always be my friend".
The Beatles recorded the song on 15 February 1965, having also worked on "Ticket to Ride" and "I Need You". The backing track was quickly recorded in a single take which according to George Martin contained John on Fender electric guitar, George on acoustic guitar, Paul on bass, and Ringo on drums.
George then added a guitar "flourish" at the end which was omitted from the final mix: McCartney added lead guitar the next day. This is one of several Beatles songs recorded at the time on which McCartney played lead guitar in addition to his usual bass. Four-track recording allowed the group to refine songs' arrangements in the studio and McCartney often had clear ideas about the guitar lines he wanted. He also contributed lead guitar to "Ticket to Ride" and played an electric guitar duet with Harrison on "The Night Before". The song was mixed down on 18 February and again on 23 February.
McCartney said of this song and other album tracks, "It's a bit much to call them fillers because I think they were a bit more than that, and each one of them made it past the Beatles test. We all had to like it."
In the film HelpEdit
- Paul McCartney - Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar (1963 Hofner 500/1), Lead Guitar (1962 Epiphone 230TD Casino)
- George Harrison - Rhythm Guitar (1962 Gibson J-160E), Harmony Vocals
- John Lennon - Rhythm Guitar (1961 Fender Stratocaster), Harmony Vocals
- Ringo Starr - Drums (1964 Ludwig Super Classic Black Oyster Pearl)