You Like Me Too Much

Help! album artworkWritten by: Harrison
Recorded: 17 February 1965
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 6 August 1965 (UK), 14 June 1965 (US)

George Harrison: vocals, lead guitar
John Lennon: acoustic rhythm guitar, electric piano
Paul McCartney: bass, piano
Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine
George Martin: piano

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George Harrison's second composition for the Help! album was recorded for inclusion in the film of the same name, although it was later relegated to the second, non-soundtrack, half.

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Presumably written about his relationship with Pattie Boyd, You Like Me Too Much was Harrison's third song to be recorded by The Beatles, after Don't Bother Me and I Need You.

In the studio

The Beatles recorded You Like Me Too Much during a four-hour session on the evening of 17 February 1965. It took them eight attempts to get right.

Harrison double-tracked his vocals, and McCartney's bass was overdubbed separately after the basic track had been recorded.

As on The Night Before, recorded earlier that day, John Lennon played a Hohner Pianet electric piano. McCartney and George Martin, meanwhile, played the introduction simultaneously on different ends of a Steinway grand piano.

The introduction, incidentally, bears a passing resemblance to that of Harrison's 1969 masterpiece Something, although this is likely to have been nothing more than a coincidence.

17 responses on “You Like Me Too Much

        1. Ray

          Harrison definitely harmonized with himself, but it sounds to me like McCartney may have doubled his higher harmony as well. That’s the impression I have when I listen to the vocals on this song.

          I disagree with Eli about McCartney singing the lower harmony. That’s definitely Harrison. And I think McCartney only doubled Harrison’s higher harmony.

  1. PythonNF

    This has always been one of my favorite Beatle songs. I think George was very underrated for his harmony vocals & he shows how good he is here by adding superb harmony to his own song.

  2. iselliot

    Maybe I’ve read too many stories of George’s later (and many) infidelities but basically what he’s saying here (to Pattie we can assume) is that no matter how badly he behaves she’ll always love him and take him back when she should in fact leave him which is all that he deserves. He says it right out. Give him points for honesty I suppose.

  3. Joan Napigkit

    This is one of the song which made my day. I used to sing this to my so-called mutual crush when I’m all alone in the house or when he isn’t around. Overall, I always thought that John and George made the backing vocals until a trivia like this came out.

  4. BeatleBug

    This song makes me happy. Especially that bass thing Paul does under “…and it’s nice when you believe me…” which flips me out.
    Although I must admit, it’s not really much of a “Harrisong”… you know, that kind of song that has “George Harrison” written all over it, in bold permanent marker… usually featuring queer melodies and brilliant guitar work, all drenched in sublime harmonies. I think “Think For Yourself” was his first of that breed. Of course, at that point he hadn’t discovered Indian music quite yet, so most of that stuff I just named was part of the Indian influence.
    Still, this song makes me happy!

  5. Paul Mason

    The rhythm of this song is borrowed from Martha & The Vandellas “Love is like a Heatwave”. It is known as a Charleston rhythm. Listen to both songs to find out. The Beatles in the earlier years borrowed motifs from Motown and other African-American acts.

  6. Mick

    For me, one of the absolute ‘stinkers’ of their whole recorded legacy.
    Clumsy played bass and drums at a too fast pace, while the melody itself is really non-excisting. It literally sounds as one of those Lennon / McCartney-like songs, many bands tried to copy.

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