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The Beatles, 'I Saw Her Standing There'

140. The Beatles, 'I Saw Her Standing There'

Writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Released: Jan. '64, Capitol
11 weeks; No. 14

"One, two three, fah!" The B side to the band's American breakthrough single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," this song had been written by McCartney two years earlier. After penning the first line  - "She was just 17" - McCartney wanted to avoid completing the rhyme with "beauty queen." He and Lennon had "started to realize that we had to stop at these bad lines or we were only going to write bad songs," he said. "So we went through the alphabet: between, clean, lean, mean." With "you know what I mean," he was on his way.

Appears on: Please Please Me (Capitol)


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