Released: 6 August 1965 (UK), 14 June 1965 (US)
Written mainly by Paul McCartney, Tell Me What You See was first released in the UK on the Help! album, and in the US on the Beatles VI collection.
Tell Me What You See was offered to Richard Lester for the soundtrack of the Help! film, but was rejected. McCartney later described the song as a filler track, co-written with John Lennon as a ‘work song’.
I seem to remember it as mine. I would claim it as a 60-40 but it might have been totally me. Not awfully memorable. Not one of the better songs but they did a job, they were very handy for albums or b-sides. You need those kind of sides.
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
Certain lines in Tell Me What You See are reminiscent of McCartney’s And I Love Her, although the moods of the two songs are very different. It is possible that Lennon and McCartney were looking for inspiration in their older songs while writing.
Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
Big and black the clouds may be
Time will pass away
If you put your trust in me
I’ll make bright your day
In the studio
The song was recorded in four takes on 18 February 1965, the same day the group also recorded You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away and the rejected If You’ve Got Trouble. Tell Me What You See was the last song to be completed.
The song introduced the sound of the güiro, a Latin-American instrument played by striking a wooden stick across a series of notches, to The Beatles’ sound. Ringo Starr also played the claves.