The Beatles – “You Can’t Do That” Live
I’m The One Who Won Your Love!
“You Can’t Do That” was written by John Lennon and released on July 10, 1964 for The Beatles’ third studio album “A Hard Day’s Night.” This was a bit of a confrontational song with autobiographical lyrics depicting Lennon’s feelings of jealousy and possessiveness towards women at the time .
One of Lennon’s semi-autobiographical songs, “You Can’t Do That,” “contradicted the genial tone with its tense threats, sexual paranoia and nagging, dragging groove,” according to Robert Sandall.The song’s jealousy theme was re-visited in other Lennon compositions, such as “Run for Your Life” and “Jealous Guy”.
It was George Harrison who penned the guitar riff intro and Lennon also played the guitar solo. It took nine takes for them to complete the recording. The song featured answering harmony vocals by Harrison and McCartney. It became a staple in the band’s repertoire in 1964.
It featured George Harrison’s first prominent use of his new Rickenbacker 12 string guitar, given to him while in New York for The Ed Sullivan Show. The instrument gave the song its distinctive chiming sound, heard most prominently in the intro and ending.
Lennon did an amazing job on the solo!