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3 December 2014
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Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 1 July 1963, 29 January 1964
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 5 March 1964 (Germany)

John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: vocals, bass
George Harrison: vocals, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums

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A German language version of She Loves You, Sie Liebt Dich was recorded by The Beatles…

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7 August 2019
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So much for doing this daily.  Unfortunately vacation has been very busy for me.  I suppose it's kind of fitting that the second one I do after She Loves You is Sie Liebt Dich .  I get to be the first one to say something on this too.

Reading the article on this I noticed this interesting quote:

The resulting promotion of the English language around the world is one of [The Beatles'] most substantial, and least documented, achievements

Reminds me of how they wrote All You Need Is Love purposely to be simple so the message could reach the whole world, and the broadcast itself was seen by about a 10th of the world's population at the time. And they even quote she loves you in this song.  How circular.a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Also obligatory hahaha "she loves dick" pronunciation.

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7 October 2019
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English translation of this is intriguing 

She loves you (yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Sie liebt dich (yeah, yeah, yeah) 

She loves you (yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Sie liebt dich (yeah, yeah, yeah) 

She loves you (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Sie liebt dich (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

You think she just loves me? 
Du glaubst sie liebt nur mich? 

Yesterday I saw her 
Gestern hab' ich sie gesehen 

She only thinks of you 
Sie denkt ja nur an dich 

And you should go to her
Und du solltest zu ihr gehen

Oh, yes she loves you 
Oh, ja sie liebt dich 

It can not be better 
Schöner kann es gar nicht sein 

Yes, she loves you 
Ja, sie liebt dich 

And you should be happy about that
Und da solltest du dich freuen

You hurt her 
Du hast ihr weh getan 

She did not know why 
Sie wusste nicht warum 

You were not to blame 
Du warst nicht schuld daran 

And do not turn around
Und drehtest dich nicht um

Oh, yes she loves you 
Oh, ja sie liebt dich 

It can not be better 
Schöner kann es gar nicht sein 

Yes, she loves you 
Ja, sie liebt dich 

And you should be happy about that
Und da solltest du dich freuen

She loves you (yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Sie liebt dich (yeah, yeah, yeah) 

She loves you (yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Sie liebt dich (yeah, yeah, yeah) 

Because with you alone she can only be happy
Denn mit dir allein kann sie nur glücklich sein

You have to go to her now 
Du musst jetzt zu ihr gehen 

Apologize to her 
Entschuldigst dich bei ihr 

Yes, she will understand that 
Ja, das wird sie verstehen 

And then she forgives you
Und dann verzeiht sie dir

Oh yes, she loves you 
Oh ja sie liebt dich 

It can not be better 
Schöner kann es gar nicht sein 

Yes, she loves you 
Ja, sie liebt dich 

And there you should be happy (uh)
Und da solltest du dich freuen (uh)

She loves you (yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Sie liebt dich (yeah, yeah, yeah) 

She loves you (yeah, yeah, yeah) 
Sie liebt dich (yeah, yeah, yeah) 

Because with you alone she can only be happy 
Denn mit dir allein kann sie nur glücklich sein 

Because with you alone she can only be happy 
Denn mit dir allein kann sie nur glücklich sein 

Because with you alone she can only be happy 
Denn mit dir allein kann sie nur glücklich sein 

 

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7 October 2019
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It's that first line that jumps out, the "You thing she just loves me?" - instantly making the singer part of a love triangle, and not just the messenger.  It's a pretty significant lyrical change, I think, and I'm curious about the circumstances. But maybe I'm overthinking it...

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7 October 2019
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Yes, definitely. Also the ‘she can only be happy with you’ bit.

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7 October 2019
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Presumably the lyrics were rewritten so that they rhymed when sung in German. Not sure too much thought was put into the meaning, as long as it made sense and didn't deviate too much away from the original lyrics.

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7 October 2019
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I wouldn't trust translators, here's what She Loves You 's lyrics look like after they've been translated in Google Translate from English to German then back into English:

She loves you, yes, yes, yes
She loves you, yes, yes, yes
She loves you, yes, yes, yes, yes
You think you have lost your love
Well, I saw her yesterday
She thinks of you
And she told me what to say
She says she loves you
And you know, that can not be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know, you should be happy
She said that you hurt her so much
She almost lost her mind
But now she says she knows
You are not the kind of injured
She says she loves you
And you know, that can not be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be happy, ooh
She loves you, yes, yes, yes
She loves you, yes, yes, yes
With such a love
You know you should be happy
You know, it's up to you
I think it's fair
Pride can hurt you too
Apologize to her
Because she loves you
And you know, that can not be bad
Yes, she loves you
And you know you should be happy, ooh
She loves you, yes, yes, yes
She loves you, yes, yes, yes
With such a love
You know you should be happy
With such a love
You know you should be happy
With such a love
You know you should be happy
Yes Yes Yes
Yes yes yes yes

But what really intrigues me is the origin of the 2 songs:

It all started because Electrola (EMI's German subsidiary at the time) somehow convinced Brian Epstein and George Martin that Beatles records would only sell in Germany if they were sung in German (which is a load of bull, as both I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You had been top 10 hits there, with the former topping the charts on 1 January 1964). So they arranged for the songs to be recorded on 27 January 1964 in Paris (they had been playing quite frequently at the Olympia Theater so it made the most sense to quickly record these songs here). However, The Beatles (knowing how pointless this was) refused to show up, which pissed off George Martin quite a bit. So they showed up 2 days later to record these 2 songs and were also able to record the backing track to Can't Buy Me Love with the extra time.

You'd think they'd just record a single instrumental take of each song followed by them recording the German vocals in as few takes as possible but that's not what happened. Instead, they used the original backing track of I Want To Hold Your Hand and did 11 takes of the German vocals (even going as far as overdubbing handclaps) while recording a near perfect replication of the backing track of She Loves You in 13 takes (some say they used the original backing track but that seems about as accurate as the "Paul played everything on I'm Looking Through You " theory) and did multiple takes of the German vocals.

But despite the sheer lack of need for these 2 songs, they somehow had a release outside of Germany, such as in the US where Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand was the final track on the Something New album (very undeservingly IMO) and even made it into an episode of The Beatles TV show and Sie Liebt Dich was released as a single backed with I'll Get You (just like She Loves You ) while in Australia, the single was released just as it was in Germany, although it failed to chart (the only single to do so in Australia). Hell, the 2 songs were even mixed in stereo and eventually included on Past Masters . Quite a lot for 2 tracks no one but EMI's German subsidiary wanted.

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7 October 2019
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Well they had to make it so it rhymed in German, meaning they had to change some of the words... It's The Beatles, they weren't using Google Translate.

Although Paul's dad might be a bit happier with your version, DO ahdn_george_06

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Actually, i was suggesting the opposite, that Google Translate is less accurate then a real translator like The Beatles had.

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8 October 2019
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Haha now I'm imagining Mr. Martin trying to record the vocal:

george-martin Boys , there are already a lot of Englishisms about. Just for the German market, can't you change it to "...ja, ja, ja!"?

a-hard-days-night-john-7paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif ...you just don't get it, George.

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...which reminds me of THIS song, by Trio (of "Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha" fame...

 

...and produced by Klaus Voorman! 

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
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I love how stern the English translation sounds.. "and you should be happy about that" a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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