Ain't She Sweet

Written by Milton AgerJack Yellen

Album This song officially appears on the Anthology 1 Official album.
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Ain’t She Sweet” is a song composed by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and published in 1927 by Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc./Warner Bros., Inc. It became popular in the first half of the 20th century, one of the hit songs that typified the Roaring Twenties. Like “Happy Days Are Here Again” (1929), it became a Tin Pan Alley standard. Both Ager and Yellen were elected to membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. […]

Ain’t She Sweet” was also performed by the Beatles with John Lennon on lead vocals. It was recorded on June 23, 1961 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany with Pete Best on drums, and produced by Bert Kaempfert, released as a single in 1964, May 29 on Polydor NH 52-317 (UK)., and included on the Anthology 1 album in 1995. A different rendition, recorded during a jam session in 1969 with Ringo Starr on drums, was released on the Beatles’ Anthology 3 – it is the only song which appears on two of the Anthology records. A solo version of the song was also included in the John Lennon Anthology box set.

Paul McCartney, in the “Anthology” book:

A lot of our tracks may not have been ‘cool’. I think if we’d just been cool, we wouldn’t have made it how we did… The fact that we weren’t ashamed of those [cabaret] leanings meant that the band could be a bit more varied. And there was a need for that, because we played cabaret a lot. Songs like Till There Was You and Ain’t She Sweet would be the late-night cabaret material. They showed that we weren’t just another rock ‘n’ roll group.

Lyrics

Oh ain't she sweet
Well see her walking down that street
Yes I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?

Oh ain't she nice
Well look her over once or twice
Yes I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she nice?

Just cast an eye
In her direction
Oh me oh my
Ain't that perfection?

Oh I repeat
Well don't you think that's kind of neat?
Yes I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?

Oh ain't she sweet
Well see her walking down that street
Well I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?

Oh ain't that nice
Well look it over once or twice
Yes I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she nice?

Just cast an eye
In her direction
Oh me oh my
Ain't that perfection?

Oh I repeat
Well don't you think that's kind of neat?
Yes I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?

Oh ain't she sweet
Well see her walking down that street
Well I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?
Well I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?

Officially appears on


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

2:13 • Outtake

Paul McCartney:
Bass
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
Pete Best:
Drums
Bert Kaempfert:
Producer
Karl Hinze:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 24, 1961
Studio:
Studio Rahlstedt, Wandsbek, Hamburg


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

2:09 • Outtake

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer

Bootlegs


Meet The Threetles

Unofficial album

0:47 • Demo


Abbey Road Sessions

Unofficial album

2:09 • Outtake • Unknown Take Stereo


Complete Acetate Collection 1961-1970

Unofficial album

2:10 • Studio version


I Hope We Passed The Audition

Unofficial live

2:13 • Studio version


Anthology Sessions

Unofficial album

0:45 • Alternate take

Concerts where “Ain't She Sweet” has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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