Thank You Girl - The Beatles

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"Thank You Girl" - The Beatles (1963)

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote “Thank You Girl” in response to the girls who sent them fan mail.
McCartney explained:

"We knew that if we wrote a song called Thank You Girl that a lot of the girls who wrote us fan letters would take it as a genuine thank you. So a lot of our songs were directly addressed to the fans."

Lennon said:

“It was one of our efforts at writing a single that didn't work. So it became a B-side or an album track.”

And also said:

We'd already written Thank You Girl as the follow-up to “Please Please Me.” This new number ‘From Me To You’ was to be the B-side. We were so pleased with it, we knew we just had to make it the A-side.”

As with “From Me To You,” “Thank You Girl” was collaboration between Lennon and McCartney, written "head-to-head". It's likely that Lennon was mainly responsible for the verses, with McCartney contributing the chorus and middle eight.

Lennon said:

“We'd already written Thank You Girl as the follow-up to “Please Please Me.” This new number ‘From Me To You’ was to be the B-side. We were so pleased with it, we knew we just had to make it the A-side.”

McCartney writes:

“These early songs were wonderful to learn by and were good album fillers. ’Thank You Girl’ was pretty much co-written but there might have been a slight leaning towards me with the 'thank you, girl' thing, it sounds a bit like me, trying to appease the mob. A bit of a hack song really, but all good practice.”

This is the first Beatles track which had double-tracked vocals. (This was years behind what recording equipment standards existed in the US at the same time.  Why was EMI and Abbey Road studios so far behind their colleagues in the US when it came to getting the most up-to-date equipment? ) 

Professor Ken Womack wrote of the composition:

“The song offers a pure, unified vision of unfettered romance, as well as an intriguing early Beatles example of literary enjambment- “only a fool would doubt our love” “And all I’ve got to do/Is thank you girl, thank you girl.” The upbeat music and saccharine lyrics exist in direct relation with one another.In this fashion, “Thank You Girl provides an early example of the band’s capacity for creating musical unity.”

The Russian music critic George Starostin remarked on the “thunderous beat and almost wild harmonica playing” of this track. How it is certainly far less restricted and, in fact, far more experimental than its famous A-side “From Me To You”, though the melody is weaker.

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