I Want to Hold Your Hand
Lyrically, I Want to Hold Your Hand grows out of previous Beatles songs. Take, for example, the lines "You got that something/I think you'll understand/When I feel that something/I want to hold your hand". The second of these lines is similar in a "wink-wink-nudge-nudge" way to the second line from I Saw Her Standing There: "Well she was just seventeen/You know what I mean". Furthermore, the lyrics of I Want to Hold Your Hand display the same degree of sexual frustration as found in Please Please Me. Certainly the singer in the former wants the girl to do more than just hold his hand, just as the singer in the latter urges his lover: "You don't need me to show the way love/Why do I always have to say, love/Come on, come on, come on, come on/Please please me like I please you".
P.S. Aaron Copland was born 112 years ago today. Michael Schelle, one of my teachers and mentors during my undergraduate years at Butler University, studied with Copland in the 70's.
4/26/2013 10:14:09 am
I can't say i am sold on the lyrical similarity. Lennon always wrote and sang, regardless of era, with a keener sense of desperation and alienation (I know--I touch on alienation EVERY TIME). Paul's approach in "I Saw Her Standing There" is less desperate, and perhaps a little more playful. Lennon's IWTHYH is a plea, a hormonal, almost juvenile supplication that ends in disappointment.
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