This site covers the original British Beatles Albums plus analyses of the lyrics of non-album tracks.
Information on how the Beatles wrote the lyrics to their songs on the Please Please Me Album can be navigated from below the album cover.
Beatles Album: Please Please Me: Track 7
Single: Please Please Me: Side A
Highest Chart position for Single: 2
Lyrics: Lennon and McCartney
The lyrics to the Beatles please please me are somewhat controversial due to its somewhat subversive sexual subtext. Many people have the opinion that the song is about equal rights in love whilst many thing that it’s a plea for oral sex.
The chorus of the song was based upon please performed by Bing Crosby which has Bing pleading to please lend me your ear and tell me that you love me to. This song was often sung to John as a child by his mother Julia; and he loved the dual use of please and pleas sound. When John came to set the tone for the please please me song he imagined Roy Orbison singing it and tried to do it in a similar style. According to George Martin the original version of the song sounded so much like Orbison that they had to change the recording style.
The Beatles were originally going to use please please me as the b-side to their first single until the complaint by George Martin about the similarities in style to Orbison. The Beatles therefore revamped the song to make it simpler in nature.
The song as often been described as two minutes of pure excellent, and the song went onto become the Beatles first number one single (or number 2 depending upon whether going off the nme or the bbc charts) in Britain; eleven months later that were to have their first number one single with I want to hold your hand in the united states of America. John is brilliant on lead vocal and has great harmony backing from both Paul and George.
Famously during the recording of please please me George Martin shouted out to the Beatles at the end of the recording that they had just recorded their first number one single, guess that Martin knew good lyrics when he heard them. The song is released in both mono and stereo versions using different but almost identical sounding recordings.
John Lennon: Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar, Harmonica.
Paul McCartney: Harmony vocals, Bass guitar.
George Harrison: Harmony vocals, Lead Guitar
Ringo Starr: Drums