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Arranged for solo acoustic guitar,played fingerstyle on my nylon Ramirez.
The story behind the song says that the Beatles were inspired from the Greek syrtaki (simple 2/4 hasapiko rhythm a la Zorba ) after their holidays in Greece back in the mid 1960's.I think they used bouzouki for the recording!
One of my favorites Beatles' classic!
This style,chord-melody-rhythm played simultaneously on guitar,is ideal for karaoke.So,here are the lyrics and you can sing along!
Is there anybody going to listen to my story
All about the girl who came to stay?
She's the kind of girl
You want so much it makes you sorry
Still you don't regret a single day
When I think of all the times
I've tried so hard to leave her
She will turn to me and start to cry
And she promises the Earth to me
And I believe her
After all this time I don't know why
She's the kind of girl who puts you down
When friends are there (tit-tit-tit-tit)
You feel a fool (tit-tit-tit-tit tit-tit-tit-tit)
When you say she's looking good (tit-tit-tit-tit tit-tit-tit-tit)
She acts as if it's understood (tit-tit-tit-tit tit-tit-tit-tit)
She's cool (tit-tit-tit-tit)
Was she told when she was young
That pain would lead to pleasure?
Did she understand it when they said
That a man must break his back
To earn his day of leisure?
Will she still believe it when he's dead?
"Girl" was probably one of the most melancholy and complex of their earlier love songs. The songs instrumental has specific comparisons to Greek music; similar to "And I Love Her" and "Michelle"
According to McCartney, he contributed the lines "Was she told when she was young that pain would lead to pleasure" and "That a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure. However, in a 1970 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon claimed that he came up with these lines as a comment on Christianity which he was "opposed to at the time". He explained: "I was just talking about Christianity in that - a thing like you have to be tortured to attain heaven. [...] - be tortured and then it'll be alright, which seems to be a bit true but not in their concept of it. But I didn't believe in that, that you have to be tortured to attain anything, it just so happens that you were.
McCartney also stated that the song's backing vocals were influenced by the Beach Boys, he said:
" The Beach Boys had a song out where they'd done 'la la la' and we loved the innocence of that and wanted to copy it, but not use the same phrase".
Lennon said that the fantasy girl in the song's lyric was an archetype he had been searching for his entire life ("There is no such thing as the girl — she was a dream") and finally found in Yoko Ono. In an interview for Rolling Stone magazine on 5 December 1980, Lennon said his 1980 song "Woman":
" Reminds me of a Beatles track, but I wasn't trying to make it sound like that. I did it as I did 'Girl' many years ago. So this is the grown-up version of 'Girl.'" "
In November 1977, Capitol Records scheduled the United States release of "Girl" backed with "You're Going to Lose That Girl" as a single (Capitol 4506) to accompany the release of Love Songs, a Beatles' compilation album that contains both of these songs. However, the single was cancelled before it was issued.
Cover versions Dalida recorded "Girl" in Italian and released it as "Amo" on her 1967 Italian album Piccolo Ragazzo Jim Sturgess sang "Girl" in the film musical Across the Universe Rhett Miller recorded a version of "Girl" that can be found on the album This Bird Has Flown -- A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul St. Louis Union recorded a cover version in 1965, that was released in January 1966, and reached #11 on the UK Singles Chart Tiny Tim recorded a dramatic reinterpretation with the band Brave Combo in 1996 The Truth recorded a cover version on the Pye label (7N.17035) in 1966 (b/w "Jailer Bring Me Water") Ronnie Von recorded a Portuguese version called "Meu Bem" in 1966; his version was released in Brazil before The Beatles version, and made such success that when The Beatles version arrived, the radios used to do this announcement: "And now Ronnie Von's song 'Girl' in the voice of The Beatles"