To begin with, “Another Girl” is a Beatles’ song which appears on their 1965 album, “Help!”
Release Date: 6th August, 1965
Recorded: 15-16 February, 1965
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Country rock, rockabilly
Track Duration: 2:04
Record Label: Parlophone, Capitol, EMI
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith
Paul McCartney wrote this song while on holiday in Hammamet, Tunisia. However, as usual, the songwriting partnership of Lennon-McCartney take credit for it. While McCartney was in the North African resort, he became a guest of the British government and they gave him permission to holiday in their own villa on the coast.
“You’d be sitting there having a cup of tea when the Russian delegation would be shown through by the government. You didn’t have any control over that. ‘This is one of our cultural guests.’ ‘Hello, how are you?'”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
This song is simplistic in its message of course. The singer is basically informing his girlfriend that he has someone new in his life. Together with the rather aggressive line, “This time you’d better stop”, it repeats the equally aggressive line, “I ain’t no fool and I don’t take what I don’t want” three times. This suggests that the singer has no doubts or indeed regrets about the relationship he is ending.
There are beautiful three-part harmonies with the song title “Another Girl” throughout the song. But what is unusual is that John Lennon actually sings the highest part of the harmony. In fact, this is the only time that this happens in any Beatles’ song. Paul McCartney sings lead vocal while George Harrison sings in harmony with the title too.
The backing track came from a single take on the 15th February, 1965, in Studio Two of the EMI Studios, London, during the 7.00pm-10.30pm session.
On the same day the Fab Four were working on the songs, “Ticket to Ride” and “I Need You” as well. Paul McCartney was actually playing the lead guitar at the time and he added that piece on the next day. The mixing down for “Another Girl” took place on the 18th February and the 23rd February, 1965.
In the The Beatles’ film, “Help!” (1965) we see the Fab Four on Balmoral Island in the Bahamas having a good time while this song plays. Paul McCartney is lip-syncing to the song while standing on a coral reef. However, we see George Harrison unusually playing bass guitar. We also see Ringo Starr playing the acoustic guitar while John Lennon is having fun on the drums! It’s all acted out in their own humorous way, of course.