Song of the Day #1,446: ‘Something’ – The Beatles

Best Albums of the 60s – #13
Abbey Road – The Beatles (1969)

The second Beatles album on this list is similar to the first (Sgt. Pepper) in that its reputation and historic importance outweigh the quality of the actual songs.

They also boast the two most famous cover shots in the Beatles catalog (and perhaps in popular music history).

Abbey Road is a better album than Sgt. Pepper, boasting such highlights as ‘Come Together,’ ‘Oh! Darling’ and the 17-minute, 8-song medley that makes up the record’s second side. It also features two of George Harrison’s finest contributions to the band — the gorgeous ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and today’s SOTD, ‘Something.’

I first heard ‘Something’ as covered by Frank Sinatra and was surprised to learn it was actually a Beatles song (cut me some slack, I was just a kid). When I discovered Abbey Road and heard the way the song was performed and produced it made a lot more sense.

Even thought Let it Be was released after Abbey Road, this remains the last music the band recorded together and it’s a fitting swan song (it’s particularly poetic that their final track is called ‘The End’). And while The Beatles put out several better albums (don’t worry, they’re coming), this one will always be special for being their last.

Something in the way she moves,
Attracts me like no other lover.
Something in the way she woos me.
I don’t want to leave her now,
You know I believe and how.

Somewhere in her smile she knows,
That I don’t need no other lover.
Something in her style that shows me.
I don’t want to leave her now,
You know I believe and how.

You’re asking me will my love grow,
I don’t know, I don’t know.
Stick around, and it may show,
But I don’t know, I don’t know.

Something in the way she knows,
And all I have to do is think of her.
Something in the things she shows me.
I don’t want to leave her now.
You know I believe and how.

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7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,446: ‘Something’ – The Beatles

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not sure I agree that the reputation and historic importance outweigh the quality of the actual songs on this record. This has always been one of my favorite Beatles’ albums, though I probably could live without Ringo’s contribution of “Octopus’s Garden” and I suppose “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” would not rank amongst great Beatles songs. But the rest of the album is really strong.

  2. Clay says:

    I’d add ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ to the list of less-than-stellar songs. And I’ve never been too high on ‘Because.’

    But the great songs on Side One are truly great, and the medley on Side Two is phenomenal.

  3. pegclifton says:

    Good choice, just love this song! I didn’t know that your first time hearing this was from Sinatra–well his version is wonderful so I guess it was a good introduction for you.

  4. Dana says:

    I’ll refrain from expressing my opinion on the Sinatra version of this song:)

    As for “I Want You,” I tend to agree with you, although, in the right mood, I enjoy it. I find “Because” pretty cool-not a negative to me on the album, though I certainly like other songs far more.

  5. Amy says:

    Personally, I can never not insert “Jack” after “stick around” and before “it may show” – ah, the power of Sinatra!

  6. pegclifton says:

    Love your comment Amy!

  7. Kristen says:

    Superb songs by The Beatles… Enjoy their tracks

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