You Like Me Too Much - The Beatles
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You Like Me Too Much (1964)
George Harrison’s “You Like Me Too Much” could have been such a great song has they been given the time to perfect it.
It features a dynamite introduction using piano and electric piano, with McCartney and George Martin playing two different piano parts on separate ends of the same Steinway grand piano. The Steinway appears only in the song's intro and was overdubbed separately, as were McCartney's bass and Harrison's vocal overdubs.
Like many other songs on Help! the Hohner Pianet electric piano is.
American music critic Richie Unterberger says that Wwhile the track might be a bit lightweight and frivolous by Beatles standards, “ including its lyric, which playfully and a bit condescendingly tells a girl she won't be able to stay mad at the singer.”
He wrote that arrangement-wise, the track it reflected the Beatles' initial interest in electric pianos.
“It’s a fairly conventional good-time pop-rock love song with a catchy harmonized chorus, but it's mildly unusual relative to other rock of the era in its use of a striking phrase for the title. It's also unusual in how Harrison fits in so many syllables into his lines, barely pausing for breath in the verses, which bear a faintly Latin jazz rhythmical influence. Also, like many a Lennon-McCartney song, it veers off in a totally unforeseen melodic direction in the bridge, getting jazzier and, at the end, descending through rich vocally harmonic progressions before picking right up at the beginning of the verse.”
The song represents the extent to which George was never given the time McCartney and Lennon received to complete their songs. “You Like Me Too Much” could have been an incredible song had the other two decided to work on it and make it better.
Says Alan Pollack:
“George had been granted his first solo shot as a songwriter with "Don't Bother Me" way back on "With The Beatles". Amazingly, he had to wait until this one for a second chance. It's up to the biographers to find out if this was the only other thing he had written since then, or if perhaps there is a plethora of "lost" Harrisongs that have been either supressed, destroyed or are otherwise waiting to be unearthed by the perseveringly enterprising.”
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