Don't Bother Me (2:25)

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“Don’t Bother Me” is the first song written by George Harrison to appear on an album by The Beatles. It originally appeared on the group’s With The Beatles album in the UK, released in 1963, and on their Meet The Beatles! album in the U.S., released in 1964. Harrison wrote the song while sick in bed at a hotel room in Bournemouth, England where the Beatles were playing some shows during the summer of 1963. [1] Harrison never regarded it highly, stating on one occasion, “It was a fairly crappy song. I forgot all about it completely once it was on the album.” He considered it an exercise in whether he could write a song, later saying, “at least it showed me that all I needed to do was keep on writing, and then maybe eventually I would write something good.”[2] Harrison received a writing credit for two earlier songs, “In Spite of All the Danger” (McCartney/Harrison) and “Cry for a Shadow” (Harrison/Lennon). Both were recorded by the Beatles but neither was released officially by the band until 1995’s Anthology 1 compilation.[3] Because the former was largely a McCartney composition (Harrison received a credit simply for playing the guitar solo) and the latter was an instrumental pastiche of The Shadows, “Don’t Bother Me” is considered Harrison’s first song by most (including the composer himself).


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Since she's been gone I want no one to talk to me
It's not the same but I'm to blame, it's plain to see
So go away and leave me alone, don't bother me

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  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    1 Apr 8:06pm Reply
  • wildroses07

    I don't understand why George was so self-critical of this song, I really like it [2] I wanted to write exactly the same thing!

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    I like it.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • lihei

    Great first up effort from George.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • joecubbie

    How many people think of The Beatles dancing and Paul's grandpa gambling when they hear this?

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    I don't understand why George was so self-critical of this song, I really like it. One of the best of this album.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    i love this song

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RafaelDivoz


    17 May 2012 Reply
  • JJPozo

    Easy and enjoyable. We don't need more

    25 Apr 2012 Reply


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    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • themetalguru200

    Funny how Harrison didn't rate this song much. One of the standouts on "With The Beatles" for me.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ViniciusStilt

    This song is so good *-*

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • rachlees

    It's just not right where every night I'm all alone...

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • paul30802

    Love this song! By the way guys if any of u want a free iphone 4 check out this site FREEIPHONE4-METROLYRICS.INFO Actually works! Just got mine the other day haha

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • samesongforever

    Harrison is way ahead of Lennon/McCartney in one sense at this time. Lennon/McCartney would never release anything as moody and dark as this in 63.

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • cello_tape

    One of my favourites. Love the style!

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • livesfordanger


    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • sgtpepperlove13

    George <3

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • allonsyalonzo

    i love this song! and george!

    22 Jul 2010 Reply
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