Another Girl - The Beatles

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The Beatles

Another Girl (1965)

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McCartney said he wrote “Another Girl” while holidaying in Hammamet, a resort in Tunisia.
The villa had a bathroom decorated with Islamic tiles. He writes in his autobiography that he composed the track there, with its acoustics perfect for songwriting.

He comments on the song: 

"It's a bit much to call them fillers because I think they were a bit more than that, and each one of them made it past the Beatles test. We all had to like it. If anyone didn't like one of our songs it was vetoed. It could be vetoed by one person. If Ringo said, 'I don't like that one,' we wouldn't do it, or we'd have to really persuade him.”

Recorded in just one take, “Another Girl” features a poppy, up-tempo swing-beat and tempo, downward scale fragments, and a close, three-part harmony. It is one of the few Beatle songs which has McCartney playing lead guitar as well as bass. One can clearly hear Paul playing his semi-acoustic Epiphone Casino guitar- the first in the group to purchase one.

The track features quite harsh, smug lyrics, such as "She's sweeter than all the girls and I've met quite a few", and consciously or not- sounds like The Beatles doing a pretty good impression of The Monkees.
Beatle scholar Ian MacDonald believes the song may have been about McCartney's relationship with Jane Asher. He notes that throughout their relationship McCartney kept a secret flat in London which he used for encounters with other women
Beatle scholar Alan Pollack opines:

“This song may be far from what you'd call one of Paul's career highlights but you've got to admire his craftsmanship here even if the material itself is less than entirely distinguished. You may want to quibble with Paul from time to time over whether or not you think he exerts a sufficiently discriminating filter on the supply of new ideas and directions which pop into his head. But in terms his facility in the developing of such ideas and his seemingly casual and second-nature mastery of technique, you can only be amazed.”

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