“Misery” is the second song on The Beatles debut album “Please Please Me.” It was a Lennon/McCartney song and they have said that it was one of the songs that they wrote together. John Lennon-vocal and rhythm guitar/Paul McCartney-vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison-lead guitar/ Ringo Starr-drums and George Martin-piano. “Misery” was recorded Febraury 11th/20th 1963 at Abbey Road. John and Paul shared the lead vocal on this one, a close harmony duet between the two. “Misery” isn’t a bad song but it was just a knock off. A song about self pity. Nothing all that special about it when you compare it to other songs the boys wrote. But it is important to note that during a time when artists didn’t write their own material that The Beatles on their debut album wrote eight of the fourteen songs on it.
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- John and Paul wrote this while touring with Helen Shapiro in late January of 1963. They were hoping that Shapiro would cover the song . She was a very popular singer in Britain at the time but her management rejected it. The song was covered instead by singer/actor Kenny Lynch took the song and recorded it-the first Lennon/McCartney song to be recorded by another performer. Lynch didn’t have a hit with it but years later he would appear on the cover of Paul’s “Band On The Run” album.
- “Misery” was never released as a single.
- “Misery” checks in at 1:43.
- “Misery” did not make Rolling Stones list of “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs or Spignesi and Lewis “100 Best Beatles Songs”
I’m the kind of guy Who never used to cry The world is treating me bad… Misery!
I’ve lost her now for sure I won’t see her no more It’s gonna be a drag… Misery!
I’ll remember all the little things we’ve done Can’t she see she’ll always be the only one, only one
Send her back to me Cos everyone can see Without her I will be in misery
I’ll remember all the little things we’ve done She’ll remember and she’ll miss her only one, lonely one
Send her back to me Cos everyone can see Without her I will be in misery (Oh oh oh) In misery (Ooh ee ooh ooh) My misery (La la la la la la)