Song Lyric Sunday: “This Boy”

Jim tells us that it’s "Fandango Sunday," speaking of the author of the blog This, That, And The Other, who lends us the name of his blog as today’s prompt, "other, that, this." I thought of the song I’d feature almost immediately, because there’s a lot of "this" and "that" in it.

"This Boy" was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon-McCartney. In the UK, it was the B side to the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand," but didn’t appear on an album until Past Masters, Volume One. In the US, Capitol Records included it on their first Beatles album (and the second US Beatles album overall), Meet The Beatles!. The song was also released as a single in North America, and reached #57 in the US and #1 in Canada.

It’s hard not to be impressed by the harmony with which The Fab Four sang this. John and Paul sing the verses, with George adding a third voice on and off, then John sings the bridge with Paul and George providing the "ah"s. This was from their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 16, 1964; it appears to have been taken from the kinescope.

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

That boy took my love away
Though he’ll regret it someday
But this boy wants you back again

That boy isn’t good for you
Though he may want you too
This boy wants you back again

Oh, and this boy would be happy
Just to love you, but oh my
That boy won’t be happy
Till he’s seen you cry

This boy wouldn’t mind the pain
Would always feel the same
If this boy gets you back again

This boy
This boy
This boy [fade out]

Hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. That’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for September 26, 2021.

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “This Boy”

  1. I recently viewed a vid of #1 hits of each month of the 60’s. From their advent in Jan. 1964 to the end, the Fab 4 dominated it. The difference in imagination, creativity, and freshness between them and just about everyone else there, esp. during the early 60’s, is palpable. They really do deserve their reputation as central cultural figures of the century; they really did change the world. (Tellingly, artful, popular bands of the late 60’s, e.g., Cream, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, etc., did not seem to appear in that roster).


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