100 Greatest Beatles Songs

From 'Helter Skelter' to 'Sgt. Pepper's,' ranking of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison's output

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'You're Going to Lose That Girl'
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27. 'You're Going to Lose That Girl'

Writers: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: February 19, 1965
Released: August 13, 1965
Not released as a single

The last song the Beatles completed for the Help! soundtrack before heading off to the Bahamas to begin filming, "You're Going to Lose That Girl" was knocked out in two takes. The song started with Lennon, and McCartney helped him complete it at Lennon's home in Weybridge.

Like "She Loves You," "You're Going to Lose That Girl" is the rare pop song in which a male singer addresses a wayward boyfriend. But where the earlier hit offered empathy, now Lennon issues a more aggressive warning: "I'll make a point of taking her away from you." Distinguished by Lennon's falsetto and Starr's manic bongo-playing, the song really comes alive through the background vocals. The bright call-and-response parts that comment on the action ("Watch what you do") illustrate the influence that the early-Sixties girl-group records still had on the Beatles. The band recorded a number of girl-group songs ("Chains" by the Cookies, "Baby It's You" and "Boys" by the Shirelles), flipping the genders in the lyrics as necessary.

In the film, the song is done in a smoky studio; McCartney wanted to show the material in a more natural setting than provided by most movie musicals. Ringo does the whole performance with a lit cigarette dangling from his lips.

Appears On: Help!

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