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Tell Me What You See

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:

Tell Me What You See” is a song by the Beatles that first appeared in 1965 on their album Help! in the United Kingdom and on Beatles VI in the United States. As with all Beatles compositions by either of the two, the song is credited to Lennon–McCartney. Regarding the song’s authorship, Paul McCartney said, “I seem to remember it as mine. I would claim it as a 60-40 but it might have been totally me.” Lennon said, in his interviews with Playboy (1980) and Hit Parader (1972), that “Tell Me What You See” was written completely by McCartney.

Composition

Despite McCartney’s later comments—”Not awfully memorable“, in an interview with author Barry Miles—”Tell Me What You See” shows the musical growth of the Beatles since Please Please Me, and foreshadows their further exploration on Rubber Soul and Revolver. Following each repetition of the title phrase, there is a brief instrumental break featuring a Hohner Pianet. The instrument is featured on two other tracks on Help!: “You Like Me Too Much” and “The Night Before“, both recorded the day before “Tell Me What You See.” Starr’s drumming on the track is augmented with a trio of percussion instruments; a güiro, a tambourine, and a pair of claves. Although the Beatles had been using additional percussion instruments to flesh out their sound as early as “Don’t Bother Me” in 1963, they had rarely been featured this prominently in the mix.

Evident in the song’s structure and instrumentation are the Beatles’ then growing folk influence, with lyrics more mature and reflective than was standard in their earlier output. Nevertheless, the line “trying to get to you” (the title of an early Elvis Presley song recorded for Sun Records which served as inspiration for McCartney & Harrison’s first composition, “In Spite of All the Danger“) is a clear reminder of both songwriters’ love for early rock and roll. Other songs on Help!, such as Lennon’s “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and the title track, also exhibit compositional growth. […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 20 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1255 Help! 1965.
    US: Capitol T 2358 Beatles VI 1965.
  • [b] stereo 23 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3071 Help! 1965.
    US: Capitol ST 2358 Beatles VI 1965.
  • [c] stereo 1987.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46439 2 Help! 1987.

This is practically a 2-track recording from the sound of it– the right stereo channel in [b] [c] has only a piano overdub in a few places.

Last updated on March 15, 2016

Lyrics

If you let me take your heart, I will prove to you
We will never be apart, if I'm part of you
Open up your eyes now, tell me what you see
It is no surprise now, what you see is me

Big and black the clouds may be, time will pass away
If you put your trust in me, I'll make bright your day
Look into these eyes now, tell me what you see
Don't you realize now, what you see is me
Tell me what you see

Listen to me one more time, how can I get through?
Can't you try to see that I'm, trying to get to you?
Open up your eyes now, tell me what you see
It is no surprise now, what you see is me
Tell me what you see

Listen to me one more time, how can I get through?
Can't you try to see that I'm, trying to get to you?
Open up your eyes now, tell me what you see
It is no surprise now, what you see is me

Officially appears on


Help! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:38 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Claves, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison:
Güiro
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 20, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles VI (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:35 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Claves, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison:
Güiro
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 20, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles VI (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:35 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Claves, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison:
Güiro
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 20, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:38 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Claves, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
George Harrison:
Güiro
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

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

Session Mixing:
Feb 20, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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