Monday, March 5, 2012

I Saw Her Standing There


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"I Saw Her Standing There" was the first song on the Beatles' debut album "Please Please Me," so it plays a big role in the group's history. Released as a single in the United Kingdom with "Ask Me Why" as the flip side, it went to No. 2. In the United States, "I Saw Her Standing There" was the B-side to the "I Want To Hold Your Hand" hit released on 26 December 1963. The Beatles recorded "I Saw Her Standing There" on 11 February 1963, along with a bunch of other songs, and originally was entitled "Seventeen." It was one of the Beatles' "go-to" songs when appearing in important venues such as the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964.

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Paul McCartney and John Lennon worked out "I Saw Her Standing There" at Paul's house in Liverpool:
I wrote it with John in the front parlour of my house in 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton. We sagged off school and wrote it on guitars and a little bit on the piano that I had there.
Paul has said about the writing process:
Sometimes we would just start a song from scratch, but one of us would nearly always have a germ of an idea, a title or a rough little thing they were thinking about and we'd do it. I Saw Her Standing There was my original, I'd started it and I had the first verse, which therefore gave me the tune, the tempo and the key. It gave you the subject matter, a lot of the information, and then you had to fill in... It was co-written, my idea, and we finished it that day.
McCartney also has said:
We were learning our skill. John would like some of my lines and not others. He liked most of what I did, but there would sometimes be a cringe line, such as, 'She was just seventeen, she'd never been a beauty queen.' John thought, 'Beauty queen? Ugh.' We were thinking of Butlins so we asked ourselves, what should it be? We came up with, 'You know what I mean.' Which was good, because you don't know what I mean.
Allowing a viewer or listener to "fill in the blanks" with their own imagination is always an efficient way to create something masterful.

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The Beatles always looked like they were having fun on "I Saw Her Standing There." The beat is the thing with "I Saw Her Standing There," it absolutely left '50s rock behind with its driving, insistent rhythm.

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If any song marked the transition into Beatlemania, it is "I Saw Her Standing There." This is one of the Beatles songs that they had to carry out fainting ladies before the song was finished.



Well, she was just seventeen, you know what I mean
And the way she looked was way beyond compare
So how could I dance with another?
When I saw her standin' there

Well, she looked at me and I could see
That before too long I'd fall in love with her
'Cause she wouldn't dance with another
When I saw her standin' there

Well, my heart went boom when I crossed that room
And I held her hand in mine

Oh, we danced through the night and we held each other tight
And before too long I fell in love with her
Now I'll never dance with another
When I saw her standing there

Well, my heart went boom when I crossed that room
And I held her hand in mine

Oh, we danced through the night and we held each other tight
And before too long I fell in love with her
Now I'll never dance with another
Since I saw her standing there
Since I saw her standing there
Since I saw her standing there


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