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I Want To Tell You - A (sort of) rewrite of You Know What To Do?
25 July 2017
Swinging London
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I've been thinking about this for a while. Could I Want To Tell You be seen as a sort of symbolic rewrite of You Know What To Do? If you ask me, both songs revolve heavily around feelings, but I think the only differences are in YKWTD, George is not afraid to speak about his love, and vice versa in IWTTY. What are your thoughts and interpretations?

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26 July 2017
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It's interesting to think about it that way, I think you definitely have a point. However, in my opinion, George is not afraid to talk about love in I Want To Tell You but rather simply doesn't mean love. I've always interpreted this song to be about the general inability to express any kind of feelings and thoughts to one's surrounding, be it to strangers, acquaintances, friends, or lovers.

But I do agree with you, that there could very well be a connection between both songs. It probably bothered George that he couldn't express his feelings the way he wanted to and while he wrote a song only about romantical feelings at the beginning, he generalised the idea later. Maybe he did this because he found the topic important and the first song wasn't released. It could also be that in 1964 he was still too shy to speak about something as personal as general feelings and stuck to the usual romance theme as a disguise for what he really wanted to say.

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Not once does the diversity seem forced -- the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian "When I'm 64" seems like a logical extension of "Within You Without You" and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of "Lovely Rita. - Stephen T. Erlewine on Sgt Pepper's

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