#190: Don’t Bother Me

Listen to the hooks of each song on the first half of the Beatles’ second album and one sticks out like a sore thumb. Sandwiched between sunny choruses promising, “It won’t be long, yeah (yeah!), ’til I belong to you,” “All my loving, I will send to you,” and “There was love all around, but I never heard it singing…till there was you,” you’ll find the decidedly more rain-soaked, “Go away, leave me alone, don’t bother me.” Do I even need to tell you that it was written by George Harrison?

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What’s less obvious is that George also wrote The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

 

Considering it was the first song he ever composed, it’s not a bad effort, and there’s nothing wrong with sprinkling in a dose of grumpiness alongside the more chipper selections on With the Beatles. I really like the guitar work but the woodblock makes the whole thing feel clunky and throws off the song’s pace. It’s like they couldn’t decide whether it should be a tough ballad or a gloomy rocker, and the end result is the unsatisfying in-between.

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#190: Don’t Bother Me