December 6th, 1965, was the date that the US first heard “I’m Looking Through You” as an album track on the Capitol release “Rubber Soul.” Since the stereo mix sent from EMI still contained the two false starts from John’s acoustic guitar introduction, Capitol didn’t realize they were supposed to edit it out. McCartney wrote the song about English actress Jane Asher, his girlfriend for much of the 1960s, and her refusal to give up her stage career and focus on his needs. Knowing that he was always surrounded by woman who would die to be with him, he admitted, “I knew I was selfish. There were a few of those moments.”, With the evidence of Jane all around him, he wrote the song in his attic room at the Asher's house on Wimpole Street. Just a nice song. There’s a theory that Paul Played everything on this track. ‘I’m looking through you, and you’re not there!’”, Paul confided to Beatles biographer Hunter Davies that arguments between Jane and him may have led to her leaving for Bristol at that time in 1965. Owning the original 1965 mono and stereo mixes made available in Britain is much easier. Listen to the intro. McCartney alluded to the fact that he found it hard to commit to one person, though acknowledged that his harsh words in song were inspired by hurt. Hit the Accept button to remove this message. All rights reserved. If you have your doubts it’s an organ, listen to the the right channel during the fadeout, you can hear the organ fade at a different volume, and it even moves to the center a little bit. changes from beat to beat quite a lot as well as occasionally hitting only the rim as we hear in the second verse. The sound of the snare drum in this song changes from beat to beat quite a lot as well as occasionally hitting only the rim as we hear in the second verse. He suffered for her. “Your lips are moving etc.”, I don’t need to even explain that one. The usual interpretation is “you’re not the same [as you were before]”. The problem was rectified shortly thereafter, but the first pressings of the set contained the error. Following this is another nineteen-measure verse, which is essentially identical to the second verse except for a new set of lyrics. It was written about Jane Asher, McCartney's girlfriend for five years, "You don't look different, but you have changed," the lyrics declare, reflecting his dissatisfaction with their relationship. There’s not really a John song in that style anywhere I can recall. The guitar tone and style are Paul’s and the lack of Beatle harmonies is conspicuous. / I thought I knew you, what did I know? Upon close examination of the first stereo mix of the song, which contains the rhythm track entirely on the left channel, we hear a tambourine being played simultaneously by someone. Unlike John Lennon, McCartney is not nearly as obviously autobiographical. Working in this manner took more time, as evidenced in the time spent on some of the tracks on their late 1965 album “, When asked about the song in 1980, John Lennon simply said, “Paul. They entered EMI Studio Two at 9 pm on that day for what turned out to be a late night session that lasted seven hours. He can see “through” her being away, Jane saying that she wants to pursue her acting career while he is convinced she just wants to be away from him. Backing track: 1) drums (Ringo), bass (Paul), acoustic guitar (John), tambourine (George), Overdubs: 2) McCartney’s lead vocal 3) McCartney’s double-tracked vocal with Lennon singing harmony plus handclaps (on laps?) I’ve never heard an organ in the song. As Barry Miles explains in “Many Years From Now,” Paul “normally preferred to universalize his songs.”. Another thing: Both the organ and the lead guitar have a pretty distorted tone. He then again included the song at times in his "On The Run Tour" of 2011 and 2012. People were not taking the Beatles seriously at this time. I didn’t treat women as most people do. While there were plans to include the incredible “take one” studio recording on a proposed 80’s album to be entitled “Sessions,” this release never panned out. It feels like Paul's music is more disliked by Beatles fans, John Lennon begins writing A Day In The Life. It’s a D# G#—fairly typical—but there’s also a D as a grace note except it’s often held down rather.. ungracefully. Simple lyrics but with a direct message to Jane- “You were above me, but not today…”. “I thought I knew you, what did I know (I was sober then)”. John tended to do clawhammer on acoustics, and Paul had that lighter more articulate strummed touch- If they did this live, then It must have been john, but if it was overdubbed, then I’d say paul. John did not play or strum in this style, I could be wrong, but Id go and say this is Paul doing the acoustic guitar for sure. "I'm Looking Through You" is song by The Beatles written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon-McCartney). Mary McCartney to direct Abbey Road Studios documentary, Peter Jackson releases ‘sneak peek’ at documentary The Beatles: Get Back, Paul McCartney announces new album McCartney III, Celebrations take place for John Lennon’s 80th birthday. I don’t hold grudges so that gets rid of that little bit of emotional baggage. Although she physically doesn’t “look different,” he emphatically screams “you’re not the same!” Even her “soothing” voice on the phone doesn’t dispel what he suspects is true, saying her “words aren’t clear.” After all, he’s “leaned the game.”. in there accompanying the guitar. However, Paul went through a brief phase in 1965 where he wrote about his personal experiences with a degree of specificity. The third verse also contains some curious lines about her formerly being “above” him “but not today.” In Paul’s mind she is now “down there,” which probably depicts how he used so think so highly of her but now she’s seen as someone who’s as shallow as most of the women Paul encounters. I'm looking through you And you're nowhere Why, tell me why did you not treat me right Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight I'm looking through you, where did you go I thought I knew you, what did I know You don't look different, but you have changed I'm looking through you You're not the same. I don’t know about actual recording, but when I play it I use a capo on the first fret. She went down to the Bristol Old Vic quite a lot around this time. This one I remember particularly as me being disillusioned over her commitment. Id say its john, its a relatively easy part which I don’t see why hed have any trouble getting in less than an hour. If you've learned something new about the band and wish to show your appreciation, why not make a small donation via PayPal? We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. From their very first official EMI recording session on September 4th, 1962 through the following three years, The Beatles were usually able to churn out whatever song they were working on in a relatively short period of time. Very Paul. His customized pop songs about teenage romance, such as “All My Loving” for instance, may have been inspired by his budding feelings toward Jane Asher, but no one would know it. Thought it was clever. Pepper's Better? Agree that it sounds like a Paul solo track. As if he’s speaking literally, he adds “where did you go” as if she was literally transparent. For those having trouble hearing Ringo’s organ it is the loudest part of the song after each chorus “Youre not the same”. This site is not associated with The Beatles, Apple Corps Ltd, related organisations, or any members of The Beatles or their representatives. ‘I’m Looking Through You’ was inspired by a disagreement between Paul McCartney and Jane Asher, and was written at her family home in Wimpole Street, London, where McCartney had his own room in which to compose and sleep. “Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight” is a catchy line, but it’s absolute nonsense. I’ve listened carefully to the Rock Band multitracks, and there’s definitely an organ in there. The acclaimed Amazon bestseller by the creator of the Beatles Bible. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Why Ringo’s playing organs? When Paul wrote it, it would’ve been on guitar, why hand it over to John? I certainly don’t hear John on the Harmony and the guitar Licks and tone sound like something McCartney would do (a la Sgt. These ‘alarms’ evoke the paranoia which one often feels around sober people when one is high on marijuana. Instead of creating a stereo mix of the song, they used the original mono mix that presumably was created on October 25th, 1965. key thing is figuring out what acoustic guitar was used. Just two quick staccato stabs doubling the guitar lick that recurs throughout the song. The first four-and-a-half hours were spent creating the rhythm track, which obviously included much rehearsal since only one complete take was accomplished during this period of time. Yet still, I know the truth will rise and fall, That's just the way it goes, a word now to the wise, The world was made to change, each day is a surprise Looking at life through my own eyes, I'm searching for a hero to idolize, Feeling the pain as innocence dies, Looking at life, through my own eyes I'll take my heart into battle, give that freedom bell a rattle, Get my independence signed, declare it on the dotted line, Let Philadelphia freedom ring… I think that this is an internal Beatles hoax. By late 1965, however, things had changed dramatically. Also noteworthy in this verse is Ringo missing the snare at the end of the eighteenth measure. "I'm Looking Through You" was performed by The Muppets in the first season of their show in a special Halloween episode when semitransparent Muppet ghosts sang it as The Ghostly Trio. It sounds as though he missed one of the chords when the original overdub was performed and added it onto a different track later. Notice the same line up as We Can Work It Out basic track. I had a Capitol Records cassette of Rubber Soul which had 2 false acoustic guitar starts before the song starts proper. The acclaimed Amazon bestsellerRiding So High – The Beatles and Drugs By the creator of the Beatles Bible.Buy now:Paperback | Ebook ★ ★ ★ ★ ★. Listen to the earlier “Anthology 2” version to better hear the organ part: It’s the same, yet with a totally dissimilar, clean tone, and the guitar part is completely different. But also, I’m surprised no one has mentioned that Ringo’s organ part is rather atypical. I'm looking through you Where did you go? It’s possible, but whatever. The Beatles viewed “I’m Looking Through You” as only an album track so they overlooked it for any late 1965 or 1966 live performances. It’s his acoustic style. Why? Guitar sounds quite high. I remember specifically this one being about that, getting rid of some emotional baggage. Paul McCartney accidentally dropped his tambourine during the recording of this song, and that noise can be heard at 1:20 into the song. Although documentation does not verify this mix being made on this day, it seems likely since the other six completed songs were given their official mono mixes on this day. He had a Burns bass like I said. He wanted to live a bachelors life, and for Jane to be at his beck and call whenever he needed her. During the twelve measures of high-energy vamping in the conclusion, Paul plays up his vocal high jinks with single-tracked ad-libs like “yeah, a-baby, you’ve changed” and “a-you changed, you changed…” as he fades off into the sunset. I wonder if they used the same fuzzbox that Paul used for “Think For Yourself”? Jane left me once and went off to Bristol to act. Weird. My whole existence for so long centred around a bachelor life. They spent nine hours perfecting the song; onto the rhythm track, recorded in a single take, they overdubbed lead and backing vocals, handclaps, maracas, organ and electric guitar. And realizing that it wasn’t quite all that it seemed. Pepper sessions because of the amount of overdubs that were done that didn’t require his services. In fact, throughout the song Ringo is attempting to perform a rim-shot, which is hitting the snare drum and snare rim in the same stroke as witnessed in the film footage of “You’re Going To Lose That Girl” in the movie “Help!” The recording of “I’m Looking Through You” shows that he hasn’t quite mastered this trick yet. why couldn’t they play other instruments other than what they were known for. Join the Fab Forum discussion on I'm Looking Through You, Paul McCartney sues Sony over Beatles song rights, Television: Paul McCartney interviewed for Scene Special. Hindi; Punjabi; Tamil; Telugu; Marathi; Gujarati; Bengali; Kannada; Bhojpuri; Malayalam; Urdu; Haryanvi; Rajasthani; Odia; Assamese; Update. Barry Tashian, lead guitarist and vocalist of the group The Remains, who was one of the opening acts of The Beatles’ 1966 tour, recalls a conversation he had with Ringo on their tour plane. His bass work is also engaging, his downward run that accompanies his upward rise in vocals (such as when “I’m looking through you” or “I thought I knew you” is heard) being especially notable. Great lyrics. Who played the guitar riff first heard at O:29, is he George or Paul? An eight-measure bridge is next heard, which maintains the double-tracked lead vocals as well as the tambourine as heard in the final measures of the previous verse. Off the wonderful “Rubber Soul” album.One hell of a good song. I'm looking through you Where did you go? You don't look different But you have changed I'm looking through you You're not the same. 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