The Beatles Song Of The Day: “You Can’t Do That”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “You Can’t Do That.” “You Can’t Do That” is another John Lennon song written for “A Hard Day’s Night.” John was really reasserting himself  during this period. The Lennon-McCartney rivalry in songwriting would be a great thing for the group. John Lennon: vocal, rhythm and lead guitar/Paul McCartney: backing vocal, bass guitar and cowbell/ George Harrison: backing vocal, lead and rhythm guitar/ Ringo Starr: drums and conga. The song was recorded on February 25th and May 22nd, 1964 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin

Rating “You Can’t Do That” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ****1/2

  • John would later say he was trying to write a Wilson Pickett type song here.
  • “You  Can’t Do That” was the b-side of “Can’t Buy Me Love”
  • George Harrison played a 12-string guitar for the first time on a Beatles recording on this song.
  • “You Can’t Do That” was performed on the May 24th, 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was also a song they played on their 1964 tour.
  • Length of song: 2:37.
  • The songs jealous theme-John would return to a year later in “Run For Your Life.”
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “You Can’t Do That” at #70 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis didn’t rank the song in their top 100.

“You Can’t Do That” {Lennon-McCartney}

I got something to say that might cause you pain
If I catch you talking to that boy again
I’m gonna let you down
And leave you flat
Because I told you before, oh
You can’t do that
Well, it’s the second time I’ve caught you talking to him
Do I have to tell you one more time, I think it’s a sin I think
I’ll let you down (Let you down) Leave you flat (Gonna let you down and leave you flat)
Because I’ve told you before, oh
You can’t do that
Everybody’s green
Cos I’m the one who won your love
But if they’d seen
You’re talking that way they’d laugh in my face
So please listen to me, if you wanna stay mine
I can’t help my feelings,
I’ll go out of my mind
I’m gonna let you down (Let you down)
And leave you flat (Gonna let you down and leave you flat)
Because I’ve told you before, oh
You can’t do that, oh
(You can’t do that You can’t do that You can’t do that You can’t do that You can’t do that)
Everybody’s green
Cos I’m the one who won your love
But if they’d seen
You’re talking that way they’d laugh in my face
So please listen to me, if you wanna stay mine
I can’t help my feelings, I’ll go out of my mind
I’m gonna let you down (Let you down)
And leave you flat (Gonna let you down and leave you flat)
Because I’ve told you before, oh You can’t do that
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