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The Beatles - Don't Bother Me (demo)

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Published on Aug 5, 2013

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"Don't Bother Me" is the first song written by George Harrison to appear on an album by the Beatles. It originally appeared on the group's With the Beatles album in the United Kingdom, released in 1963, and on their Meet the Beatles! album in the United States, released in 1964.

Harrison wrote the song while ill in bed at a hotel room in Bournemouth, England where the Beatles were playing some shows during the summer of 1963.[1] He considered it an exercise in whether he could write a song, later saying, "at least it showed me that all I needed to do was keep on writing, and then maybe eventually I would write something good."[2] Harrison received a writing credit for two earlier songs, "In Spite of All the Danger" (McCartney/Harrison) and "Cry for a Shadow" (Harrison/Lennon). Both were recorded by The Beatles but neither was released officially by the band until 1995's Anthology 1 compilation.[3] Because the former was largely a McCartney composition (Harrison received a credit simply for playing the guitar solo) and the latter was an instrumental pastiche of the Shadows, "Don't Bother Me" is considered Harrison's first song by most (including the composer himself).

After "Don't Bother Me", it was not until 1965's Help! album that another Harrison-penned song would appear on record. "You Know What to Do" was recorded in 1964, but was not released at the time.

The sullen mood and desolate lyrics—"So go away, leave me alone, don't bother me"—were unusual for the Beatles at the time but would become characteristic for Harrison. The song mostly stays in a minor key (Em) in a i-IV-i Dorian alternation: the Em of "since she's gone" shifting to a V7 (B7 chord) on "gone" then an IV7 (A7 chord) on "no-one". The chords of the chorus (Am-A-Em) also create the Dorian progression i-IV-i.[4] The song achieves a thick sound through its double-tracked vocal, reverbed guitars, and busy drumming. The elaborate percussion lends the song a Latin rhythm accentuated by its stop-time structure.

"Don't Bother Me" is one of several songs featured in A Hard Day's Night, during a scene where the Beatles dance at a nightclub while McCartney's grandfather gambles elsewhere. At the end of the film, it is noted as a Lennon--McCartney composition rather than a Harrison composition.

British singer Gregory Phillips released a version of "Don't Bother Me" as his third single. Though unsuccessful, this was the first cover version of a Harrison composition.[6]

Argentinian musician Luis Alberto Spinetta released a version of "Don't Bother Me" on his live album Obras En Vivo (2002).

British singer/songwriter Kamila Thompson released a version of "Don't Bother Me" as the last track on her debut album "Love Lies" (2011).

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