5. The Beatles - Rubber Soul

The Beatles

 

The 14-song album is a dynamic, and accomplished achievement. A lot of pop classics: "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man" bring a new studio consciousness in pop/rock production; "The Word" is a pre-psychedelic prophecy; the sitar-laden "Norwegian Wood" and the evocative "Girl" are turning points in John Lennon's playlist.
"Drive My Car" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
Asked a girl what she wanted to be 
She said baby, "Can't you see 
I wanna be famous, a star on the screen 
But you can do something in between" 
 
Baby you can drive my car 
Yes I'm gonna be a star 
Baby you can drive my car 
And maybe I love you 
 
I told a girl that my prospects were good 
And she said baby, "It's understood 
Working for peanuts is all very fine 
But I can show you a better time" 
 
Baby you can drive my car 
Yes I'm gonna be a star 
Baby you can drive my car 
And maybe I love you 
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah 
 
Baby you can drive my car 
Yes I'm gonna be a star 
Baby you can drive my car 
And maybe I love you 
 
I told that girl I can start right away 
And she said, "Listen baby I got something to say 
I got no car and it's breaking my heart 
But I've found a driver and that's a start" 
 
Baby you can drive my car 
Yes I'm gonna be a star 
Baby you can drive my car 
And maybe I love you 
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah 
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah 
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah 
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah (fade out) 
 
"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me 
She showed me her room, isn't it good, norwegian wood? 
 
She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere 
So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair 
 
I sat on the rug, biding my time, drinking her wine 
We talked until two and then she said, "It's time for bed" 
 
She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh 
I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath 
 
And when I awoke I was alone, this bird had flown 
So I lit a fire, isn't it good, norwegian wood? 
 
"You Won't See Me" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
When I call you up 
Your line's engaged 
I have had enough 
So act your age 
We have lost the time 
That was so hard to find 
And I will lose my mind 
If you won't see me (You won't see me) 
You won't see me (You won't see me) 
 
I don't know why you 
Should want to hide 
But I can't get through 
My hands are tied 
I won't want to stay 
I don't have much to say 
But I can't turn away 
And you won't see me (You won't see me) 
You won't see me (You won't see me) 
 
Time after time 
You refuse to even listen 
I wouldn't mind 
If I knew what I was missing 
 
Though the days are few 
They're filled with tears 
And since I lost you 
It feels like years 
Yes, it seems so long 
Girl, since you've been gone 
And I just can't go on 
If you won't see me (You won't see me) 
You won't see me (You won't see me) 
 
Time after time 
You refuse to even listen 
I wouldn't mind 
If I knew what I was missing 
 
Though the days are few 
They're filled with tears 
And since I lost you 
It feels like years 
Yes, it seems so long 
Girl, since you've been gone 
And I just can't go on 
If you won't see me (You won't see me) 
You won't see me (You won't see me) 
 
"Nowhere Man" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
He's a real nowhere man 
Sitting in his nowhere land 
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody 
 
Doesn't have a point of view 
Knows not where he's going to 
Isn't he a bit like you and me? 
 
Nowhere Man, please listen 
You don't know what you're missing 
Nowhere Man, the world is at your command 
 
He's as blind as he can be 
Just sees what he wants to see 
Nowhere Man can you see me at all? 
 
Nowhere Man, don't worry 
Take your time, don't hurry 
Leave it all till somebody else lends you a hand 
 
Doesn't have a point of view 
Knows not where he's going to 
Isn't he a bit like you and me? 
 
Nowhere Man, please listen 
You don't know what you're missing 
Nowhere Man, the world is at your command 
 
He's a real Nowhere Man 
Sitting in his nowhere land 
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody 
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody 
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody 
 
"Think For Yourself" 
(Harrison) 
 
I've got a word or two 
To say about the things that you do 
You're telling all those lies 
About the good things that we can have 
If we close our eyes 
 
Do what you want to do 
And go where you're going to 
Think for yourself 
Cos I won't be there with you 
 
I left you far behind 
The ruins of the life that you have in mind 
And though you still can't see 
I know your mind's made up 
You're gonna cause more misery 
 
Do what you want to do 
And go where you're going to 
Think for yourself 
Cos I won't be there with you 
 
Although your mind's opaque 
Try thinking more if just for your own sake 
The future still looks good 
And you've got time to rectify 
All the things that you should 
 
Do what you want to do 
And go where you're going to 
Think for yourself 
Cos I won't be there with you 
 
Do what you want to do 
And go where you're going to 
Think for yourself 
Cos I won't be there with you 
Think for yourself 
Cos I won't be there with you 
 
"The Word" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
Say the word and you'll be free 
Say the word and be like me 
Say the word I'm thinking of 
Have you heard the word is love? 
It's so fine, it's sunshine 
It's the word, love 
 
In the beginning I misunderstood 
But now I've got it, the word is good 
 
Spread the word and you'll be free 
Spread the word and be like me 
Spread the work I'm thinking of 
Have you heard the word is love? 
It's so fine, it's sunshine 
It's the word, love 
 
Everywhere I go I hear it said 
In the good and bad books that I have read 
 
Say the word and you'll be free 
Say the word and be like me 
Say the word I'm thinking of 
Have you heard the word is love? 
It's so fine, it's sunshine 
It's the word, love 
 
Now that I know what I feel must be right 
I'm here to show everybody the light 
 
Give the word a chance to say 
That the word is just the way 
It's the word I'm thinking of 
And the only word is love 
It's so fine, it's sunshine 
It's the word, love 
 
Say the word, love 
Say the word, love 
Say the word, love 
Say the word, love 
 
"Michelle" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
Michelle, ma belle 
These are words that go together well 
My Michelle 
 
Michelle, ma belle 
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble 
Tres bien ensemble 
 
I love you, I love you, I love you 
That's all I want to say 
Until I find a way 
I will say the only words I know that 
You'll understand 
 
Michelle, ma belle 
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble 
Tres bien ensemble 
 
I need to, I need to, I need to 
I need to make you see 
Oh, what you mean to me 
Until I do I'm hoping you will 
Know what I mean 
 
I love you 
 
I want you, I want you, I want you 
I think you know by now 
I'll get to you somehow 
Until I do I'm telling you so 
You'll understand 
 
Michelle, ma belle 
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble 
Tres bien ensemble 
 
I will say the only words I know 
That you'll understand, my Michelle 
 
"What Goes On" 
(Lennon/McCartney/Starkey) 
 
What goes on in your heart? 
What goes on in your mind? 
You are tearing me apart 
When you treat me so unkind 
What goes on in your mind? 
 
The other day I saw you 
As I walked along the road 
But when I saw him with you 
I could feel my future fold 
It's so easy for a girl like you to lie 
Tell me why 
 
What goes on in your heart? 
What goes on in your mind? 
You are tearing me apart 
When you treat me so unkind 
What goes on in your mind? 
 
I met you in the morning 
Waiting for the tides of time 
But now the tide is turning 
I can see that I was blind 
It's so easy for a girl like you to lie 
Tell me why 
 
What goes on in your heart? 
 
I used to think of no one else 
But you were just the same 
You didn't even think of me 
As someone with a name 
Did you mean to break my heart and watch me die 
Tell me why 
 
What goes on in your heart? 
What goes on in your mind? 
You are tearing me apart 
When you treat me so unkind 
What goes on in your mind? 
 
"Girl" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
Is there anybody going to listen to my story 
All about the girl who came to stay? 
She's the kind of girl you want so much 
It makes you sorry 
Still, you don't regret a single day 
Ah girl 
Girl 
 
When I think of all the times I've tried so hard to leave her 
She will turn to me and start to cry 
And she promises the earth to me 
And I believe her 
After all this times I don't know why 
Ah, girl 
Girl 
 
She's the kind of girl who puts you down 
When friends are there, you feel a fool 
When you say she's looking good 
She acts as if it's understood 
She's cool, cool, cool, cool 
Girl 
Girl 
 
Was she told when she was young that pain 
Would lead to pleasure? 
Did she understand it when they said 
That a man must break his back to earn 
His day of leisure? 
Will she still believe it when he's dead? 
Ah girl 
Girl 
Girl 
 
Ah girl 
Girl 
Girl 
 
"I'm Looking Through You" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
I'm looking through you, where did you go? 
I thought I knew you, what did I know? 
You don't look different, but you have changed 
I'm looking through you, you're not the same 
 
Your lips are moving, I cannot hear 
Your voice is soothing, but the words aren't clear 
You don't sound different, I've learned the game 
I'm looking through you, you're not the same 
 
Why, tell me why, did you not treat me right? 
Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight 
 
You're thinking of me, the same old way 
You were above me, but not today 
The only difference is you're down there 
I'm looking through you, and you're nowhere 
 
Why, tell me why, did you not treat me right? 
Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight 
 
I'm looking through you, where did you go 
I thought I knew you, what did I know 
You don't look different, but you have changed 
I'm looking through you, you're not the same 
 
Yeah 
Oh baby I'm changed 
Ah I'm looking through you 
Yeah I'm looking through you 
 
"In My Life" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
There are places I remember 
All my life though some have changed 
Some forever not for better 
Some have gone and some remain 
All these places have their moments 
With lovers and friends I still can recall 
Some are dead and some are living 
In my life I've loved them all 
 
But of all these friends and lovers 
There is no one compares with you 
And these memories lose their meaning 
When I think of love as something new 
Though I know I'll never lose affection 
For people and things that went before 
I know I'll often stop and think about them 
In my life I love you more 
 
Though I know I'll never lose affection 
For people and things that went before 
I know I'll often stop and think about them 
In my life I love you more 
 
In my life I love you more 
 
"Wait" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
It's been a long time 
Now I'm coming back home 
I've been away now 
Oh how, I've been alone 
 
Wait till I come back to your side 
We'll forget the tears we've cried 
 
But if your heart breaks 
Don't wait, turn me away 
And if your heart's strong 
Hold on, I won't delay 
 
Wait till I come back to your side 
We'll forget the tears we've cried 
 
I feel as though 
You ought to know 
That I've been good 
As good as I can be 
And if you do 
I'll trust in you 
And know that you 
Will wait for me 
 
It's been a long time 
Now I'm coming back home 
I've been away now 
Oh how, I've been alone 
 
Wait till I come back to your side 
We'll forget the tears we've cried 
 
I feel as though 
You ought to know 
That I've been good 
As good as I can be 
And if you do 
I'll trust in you 
And know that you 
Will wait for me 
 
But if your heart breaks 
Don't wait, turn me away 
And if your heart's strong 
Hold on, I won't delay 
 
Wait till I come back to your side 
We'll forget the tears we've cried 
 
It's been a long time 
Now I'm coming back home 
I've been away now 
Oh how, I've been alone 
 
"If I Needed Someone" 
(Harrison) 
 
If I needed someone to love 
You're the one that I'd be thinking of 
If I needed someone 
 
If I had some more time to spend 
Then I guess I'd be with you my friend 
If I needed someone 
 
Had you come some other day 
Then it might not have been like this 
But you see now I'm too much in love 
 
Carve your number on my wall 
And maybe you will get a call from me 
If I needed someone 
Ah, ah, ah, ah 
 
If I had some more time to spend 
Then I guess I'd be with you my friend 
If I needed someone 
 
Had you come some other day 
Then it might not have been like this 
But you see now I'm too much in love 
 
Carve your number on my wall 
And maybe you will get a call from me 
If I needed someone 
Ah, ah 
 
"Run For Your Life" 
(Lennon/McCartney) 
 
Well I'd rather see you dead, little girl 
Than to be with another man 
You better keep your head, little girl 
Or I won't know where I am 
 
You better run for your life if you can, little girl 
Hide your head in the sand little girl 
Catch you with another man 
That's the end ah little girl 
 
Well I know that I'm a wicked guy 
And I was born with a jealous mind 
And I can't spend my whole life 
Trying just to make you toe the line 
 
You better run for your life if you can, little girl 
Hide your head in the sand little girl 
Catch you with another man 
That's the end ah little girl 
 
Let this be a sermon 
I mean everything I've said 
Baby, I'm determined 
And I'd rather see you dead 
 
You better run for your life if you can, little girl 
Hide your head in the sand little girl 
Catch you with another man 
That's the end ah little girl 
 
I'd rather see you dead, little girl 
Than to be with another man 
You better keep your head, little girl 
Or you won't know where I am 
 
You better run for your life if you can, little girl 
Hide your head in the sand little girl 
Catch you with another man 
That's the end ah little girl 
Nah nah nah 
Nah nah nah 
Nah nah nah 
Nah nah nah (fade out)