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Do You Want To Know A Secret
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27 January 2015
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I’d like to know a few Beatle secrets.

Anyway, I digress, I always thought Do You Want To Know A Secret ? Was The Beatles own take on “Till There Was You ” It even includes that distinctive 3 chord descent on rhythm guitar.

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27 January 2015
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meanmistermustard said
Where is there no question mark at the end of the title? Surely it should be ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret ?’.

They were not too swift when it came to punctuation. See ‘Oh! Darling ‘.

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Why does George sing “I’ve known A secret for THE week or two” when it should obviously be the other way around?

I recently bought the “Love Letters from Lennon & McCartney” compilation with the Billy J. Kramer version, and he sings it the way I’ve always thought it should be.

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Could be just what he sang at the time and it remained there. The recording schedule was pretty tight. I like it actually as it gives this version its own personality. 

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I was always under the impression that it was “I’ve known a secret for a week or two”.

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WeepingAtlasCedars said
I was always under the impression that it was “I’ve known a secret for a week or two”.

  

I kind of hear “duh” instead of the or a.

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WeepingAtlasCedars said
I was always under the impression that it was “I’ve known a secret for a week or two”.

  

That’s what I hear too. It’s what he sings. 

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It’s definitely “for a week or two”, but his scouse ‘r’ followed by ‘a’ pronounced like ‘uh’ could be mistaken for ‘the’.

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Ah, yes, thanks for that Scouse reminder, @meaigs!! Have an apple apple01

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I’ve been listening to some early pre-Beatles songs from the 60s and I noticed that the song Sweet Nothings by Brenda Lee, while not musically similar really, has several lyrical similarities to this song.

The Brenda Lee song has the rhyme “my baby whispers in my ear, he knows the things I’d like to hear”.

Also there’s a mention of keeping secrets in the song too. Honestly sounds like a song that George could have sung too in 1962, sounds a bit like Reminiscing- that Buddy Holly style.

I’ve not seen anyone else mention this song as an influence but it probably was, subconsciously or otherwise. Kinda interesting anyway.

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Brenda Lee had more North American hits between the late 50s and mid ’60s than nearly anyone; she didn’t have as many in the UK in that time, but “Sweet Nothins” was one of her biggest, peaking at #4 in 1959; so I’ll bet the Beatles did hear it; I know the song but not the lyrics. (Although if you started playing it, my memory might kick in and supply many of the words; I heard the song regularly over the two pandemic years I spent playing oldies and card games near daily with my mother…)

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Thanks for the welcome @Von Bontee! john-lennon-salute_gif I appreciate it.

As I am older now and a little bit slower (I’m 22) I’ll pop in every Now And Then if I have any interesting thoughts. I’m still slogging through getting my Music Production degree and I am most certainly going to write my dissertation on the Beatles if at all possible.a-hard-days-night-john-6

Also of note is that Helen Shapiro covered Sweet Nothin’s on a 1962 album which perhaps she would have sung on stage, but I believe the theory is that John wrote DYWtKaS in late 62 and they weren’t on a bill together till January right?

So I guess the answer is he probably just had it in the back of his mind from 59 when the Brenda Lee one was a hit. I doubt he listened to Helen Shapiro’s album for some reason, but could be wrong!

It’s very easy to subconsciously take lyrics from other songs. I wrote a song that I was really proud of last year with each verse ending with the phrase “someone else to occupy my mind”. I only just realised that the melody to that bit is almost identical to the Bob Dylan song Mama You’ve Been on My Mind… paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif And then you realise “oh his lyrics were way better too”. a-hard-days-night-john-6

Oh well.

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