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Another Girl

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Help! (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1965
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Another Girl” is a song by the Beatles released in 1965 on the album Help! and included in the film of the same name. The song was written by Paul McCartney but credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song is directed to the singer’s girlfriend who is advised the singer has found “another girl.

Composition and recording

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 currently 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. George Harrison 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. […]

Live performances

The song was performed live for the first time ever by a Beatle when Paul McCartney returned to the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, on 28 April 2015, for the first time in 49 years. Indeed, this concert commemorates the 49th anniversary of the first Beatles concert at the venue. In a released statement, McCartney said, “It was sensational and quite emotional remembering the first time and then experiencing this fantastic audience tonight.

In the film Help!

In the film Help!, McCartney lip-syncs “Another Girl” while standing on a coral reef on Balmoral Island in the Bahamas, and plays a girl in a bikini as if she is a guitar. Since McCartney’s hands are occupied (with either bass or girl), George Harrison mimes McCartney’s guitar fills as if playing them himself. The four of them each change instruments. For instance, Harrison is seen playing McCartney’s bass and looks confused. Starr is shown playing acoustic guitar and Lennon mimes playing drums. Another scene was filmed at the Cloisters, a famous Bahamian landmark. […]

Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now, by Barry Miles; 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. If anyone didn’t like one of our songs it was vetoed. It could be vetoed by one person. If Ringo said, ‘I don’t like that one,’ we wouldn’t do it, or we’d have to really persuade him.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 18 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1255 Help! 1965.
  • [b] stereo 23 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3071 Help! 1965.
    US: Capitol SMAS 2386 Help! 1965.
  • [b1] mono made from [b] 1965, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol MAS 2386 Help! 1965.
  • [c] stereo 1987.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46439 2 Help! 1987.

The main rhythm track is mixed quieter in mono [a] than in stereo.

Last updated on March 15, 2016

Lyrics

For I have got another girl, another girl

You're making me say that I've got nobody but you
But as from today, well I've got somebody that's new
I ain't no fool and I don't take what I don't want
For I have got another girl, another girl

She's sweeter that all the girls and I've met quite a few
Nobody in all the world can do what she can do
And so I'm telling you this time you'd better stop
For I have got another girl

Another girl who will love me till the end
Through thick and thin she will always be my friend

I don't wanna say that I've been unhappy with you
But as from today, well I've seen somebody that's new
I ain't no fool and I don't take what I don't want
For I have got another girl

Another girl who will love me till the end
Through thick and thin she will always be my friend

I don't wanna say that I've been unhappy with you
But as from today, well I've seen somebody that's new
I ain't no fool and I don't take what I don't want
For I have got another girl

Another girl, another girl

Officially appears on


Help! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:05 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Electric rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:08 • Studio versionB1 • Mono • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Electric rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:09 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Electric rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:05 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Lead guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Harrison:
Electric rhythm guitar, Harmony vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Complete Acetate Collection 1961-1970

Unofficial album

2:13 • Studio version


Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:15 • Alternate take • Production Acetate Mono


Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

0:25 • Alternate take • Rs From Take 1 Version 1 - Partial Anthology Dvd Stereo


Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:06 • Alternate take • Rs From Take 1 Version 2 Help! Dvd Stereo


Live At The O2 London UK May 23, 2015

Unofficial live • Released in 2015

2:17 • Live

Concert From the concert in London, United Kingdom on May 23, 2015


Live performances

“Another Girl” has been played in 22 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Another Girl” has been played



Detroit • Joe Louis Arena

Oct 21, 2015 • Part of Out There Tour






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