“I’ve Just Seen A Face”

I know the Beatles are debated and talked about a lot, so I continue with this blog post knowing there will be some eye rolls. Ha. I am only going to talk about one song, and that is “I’ve Just Seen A Face” from the album HELP! A lot of people I know can’t pick a favorite song from The Beatles, but this is by far my favorite song form them.  The fast pace guitar strumming and rhyming scheme of the lyrics are complete perfection to my ears. In the beginning it’s about fate, about being at the right place at the right time and looking the right way. Then it’s about falling in love. There’s that feeling of never getting enough of someone, because that person you met is truly unique. The upbeat tempo matches the instantaneous desire of new love. Call me a sucker but I love, love.

This song was written by Paul McCartney, but credited to McCartney and Lennon. On June 14, 1965 they recorded this song in the music room at Jane Asher’s parents house in London. The song was recorded in six takes that morning. It was briefly called “Auntie Jin’s Theme” because it was one of her favorites. Once the lyrics were complete it was titled “I’ve Just Seen A Face”.  This song is unique to the Beatles catalog because it is one of very few songs that lack a bass track. McCartney said, “It was slightly country and western from my point of view. It was faster, though, it was a strange up-tempo thing. I was quite pleased with it. The lyric works: it keeps dragging you forward, it keeps pulling you to the next line, there’s an insistent quality to it that I liked.” “I’ve Just Seen A Face” was on the UK release of HELP!, but removed from the American release. It was later used as the opening song for the American release of their album Rubber Soul. The release was done this way because the record label thought the song gave a stronger acoustic feel to the latter album. They also felt it was in the same stride as the folk-rock movement at the time.   A cool fact about that day in history was that McCartney’s songs “I’m Down” and “Yesterday” were recorded too.

This song was one of the few Beatles songs that McCartney had played with Wings. Luckily I got to see Paul McCartney play my favorite Beatles song live in an intimate setting of about 150 people at a taping of the Colbert Report on June 12, 2013.

Looks like Auntie Jin and I have similar tastes in music.

 

 

Lyrics:

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
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm mmm mmm

 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
La, di, di, da di di

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
For other girls were never quite like this
La, di, di, da di di

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

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
Mmm, mmm, mmm, la di di

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

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

Oh, falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again

 

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