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"I'm Looking Through You" was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, with a majority of the songwriting attributed to the latter. It was first released as part of the album Rubber Soul, released in the UK on 3 December, 1965. Lead vocals are performed by McCartney.

Three separate versions of the song were recorded in October and November, 1965, the last of which was included on Rubber Soul. The original version recorded on 24 October was slower than the released version, had a significantly different rhythm, and lacked the "Why, tell me why…" middle eight of the final version. It was eventually released as part of Anthology 2, a compilation released in 1996.

The stereo US version of the song contains a false guitar start. If the mono version of this song on the US Capitol Versions Vol. 2 CD has this false guitar start, it indicates that it is from the first pressing of this set which erroneously substituted incorrect mono mixes; they were simply the channels of the stereo versions combined, rather than the original mono mixes.

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