Song of the Day #542: ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’ – The Beatles

My older daughter, on those morning rides to school, invariably requests ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face,’ the band’s first real foray into country music in their own writing. This is one of my favorite Beatles songs as well.

I remember the first time I heard it… not so much the time or place, which are fuzzy, but the actual experience of hearing it. I remember thinking that the melody was so perfect that I must have heard it before (and I probably had without realizing it). Not to compare Plain White T’s to The Beatles, but I had the same reaction to their ‘Hey There Delilah‘ when I first heard that.

The songs are similar, actually, with hurried, wordy verses and short-and-sweet singalong choruses. I wouldn’t be surprised if Plain White T’s were influenced by this song in writing theirs.

I’ve just seen a face
I can’t forget the time or place where we just met
She’s just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see we’ve met

Had it been another day
I might have looked the other way
And I’d have never been aware
But as it is, I’ll dream of her tonight

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling me back again

I have never known the like of this
I’ve been alone and I have missed things
And kept out of sight
But other girls were never quite like this

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling me back again

I’ve just seen a face
I can’t forget the time or place where we just met
She’s just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see we’ve met

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling me back again

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #542: ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’ – The Beatles

  1. peg says:

    Your beautiful daughters have great taste!

  2. Amy says:

    I love this song; it’s sweet and charming and poppy in all the right doses. Not sure if I hear the way it might have influenced “Delilah” directly, but I suppose most artists would happily confess a Beatles influence.

  3. Dana says:

    Well, now I see that both kids need a theme week.

    This song is really less country, more like a sped up folk song/rock-a-billy. But, hey, as I learned at the county music hall of fame (but also argued previously on this blog), country has many dimensions and influences and, reciprocally, other music forms have influenced country over the years.

    Anyway, great song, no matter the genre.

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