Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: The Beatles, “Do You Want To Know A Secret”

Jim’s prompt(s) for today is (are) “Did/Didn’t/Do/Don’t/Does/Doesn’t,” and this seemed to be a good one to go with. “Do You Want To Know A Secret” was a song off The Beatles’ first album, which depending on where you live is either Please Please Me on Parlophone (UK) or Introducing… The Beatles! on Vee Jay (US). It was released as a single in the UK in March 1963 and exactly a year later in the US.

The song was written by John Lennon, who decided to give it to George Harrison to sing because “it only has three notes and he wasn’t the best singer in the world.” Wikipedia tells us that it was inspired by the song “I’m Wishing,” from Walt Disney’s 1937 animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which John’s mother used to sing to him when he was young. Paul McCartney disputes this, saying it was a 50-50 collaboration written for George to sing. For the longest time, I thought John sang this one… Anyway, this came in at #2 on the Hot 100, kept out of the top spot by “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Until “Something” in 1969, this was the most successful Beatles song to have George doing the lead vocal.

The lyrics according to AZLyrics:

You’ll never know how much I really love you
You’ll never know how much I really care

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I’m in love with you

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I’m in love with you

I’ve known the secret for a week or two
Nobody knows, just we two

Listen
Do you want to know a secret
Do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh

Closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I’m in love with you

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for November 17, 2019.

35 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: The Beatles, “Do You Want To Know A Secret”

    1. It took George a while to find his place as a singer and songwriter, but when he did, it was amazing. I think All Things Must Pass was a shock to John and Paul, who didn’t think much of him as a songwriter; it was as though he was saving all these great songs for the inevitable breakup. He did try to get “All Things Must Pass” onto Abbey Road, but “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” made it instead…

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  1. Another great choice, John. The Beatles had so many great songs and this is one I always think of when The Beatles come to mind. Now I need to go pull “I’m Wishing” and listen to it again — the back story is always so interesting to read.

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