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You Like Me Too Much

Written by George Harrison

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

Early George Harrison songs

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

You Like Me Too Much” is a song by the Beatles written by George Harrison. It was released in 1965 on the Help! album in the United Kingdom and on Beatles VI in the United States.

Musical characteristics

The song is in the key of G Major and in 4/4 time. There is an introduction using piano and electric piano, with Paul McCartney and George Martin playing two different piano parts on separate ends of the same Steinway grand piano. The Steinway appears only in the song’s intro and was overdubbed separately, as were McCartney’s bass and Harrison’s vocal overdubs. The electric piano is a Hohner Pianet, played by John Lennon, and you can hear the instrument’s tremolo being switched off after the intro.

The piano introduction was later used by Bob Dylan for his song “Temporary Like Achilles“. The quick transition from G chord to a flat-III (Bflat) is unusual, especially as its F-natural note is melodically sustained against the following D-Major chord (with its concomitant F#) creating “the most bluesy moment of the entire song.” The verse opens with three repetitions of a simple four note motif (“Though you’ve gone away this morning, you’ll be back again tonight“) during which the chords mirror the lyrics in shifting from ii (Am chord) on “gone away” to IV (C chord) on “back again” to the tonic (G chord) on “tonight.”

Recording

The song was recorded on 17 February 1965 in Abbey Road studio 2. It was one of the two songs on Help! written by Harrison, with the other being “I Need You.” Help! was the first album since the 1963 release of With the Beatles to include songs written by Harrison. […]

FromĀ The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 18 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1255 Help! 1965.
    US: Capitol T 2358 Beatles VI 1965.
    CD: EP Box set 1991.
  • [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.

The CD reproduction of [c] is so clear that a click can be heard where they turn off the Leslie speaker for the piano after the intro! This is probably on the other mixes also.

Last updated on March 16, 2016

Lyrics

Though you've gone away this morning
You'll be back again tonight
Telling me there'll be no next time
If I just don't treat you right

You'll never leave me and you know it's true
'Cause you like me too much and I like you

You've tried before to leave me
But you haven't got the nerve
To walk out and make me lonely
Which is all that I deserve

You'll never leave me and you know it's true
'Cause you like me too much and I like you

I really do
And it's nice when you believe me
If you leave me

I will follow you
And bring you back where you belong
'Cause I couldn't really stand it
I'd admit that I was wrong

I wouldn't let you leave me 'cause it's true
'Cause you like me too much and I like you

'Cause you like me too much and I like you
I really do
And it's nice when you believe me
If you leave me

I will follow you
And bring you back where you belong
'Cause I couldn't really stand it
I'd admit that I was wrong

I wouldn't let you leave me 'cause it's true
'Cause you like me too much and I like you
'Cause you like me too much and I like you

Officially appears on


Help! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:37 • Studio versionA • Mono

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

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Beatles VI (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:34 • Studio versionA • Mono

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

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Beatles VI (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:34 • Studio versionB • Stereo

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

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Help! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:37 • Studio versionB • Stereo

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

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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


Yesterday

EP • Released in 1966

2:39 • Studio versionA

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

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

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

Bootlegs


Complete Acetate Collection 1961-1970

Unofficial album

2:46 • Studio version



Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:47 • Alternate take • Production Acetate Mono

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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