Young Master Harrison steps up to the microphone once again, this time with "Do You Want To Know A Secret", a 'McCartney/Lennon' original (chiefly the work of the latter). Poor George was never too happy with his vocal on it: his streaming cold is certainly in evidence, and — as he himself pointed out — just exactly how are
you supposed to singListen (doo-dah-doo)
Do you want to know a secret? (doo-dah-doo)
Do you promise not to tell?
— lines which Lennon had actually lifted from Snow White And The Seven Dwarves
?!! He said years later that he'd really given the song to George because it only had three notes for him to sing ("doo-dah-doo", presumably).
The best part of the song is the opening, with a similar feel to "A Taste Of Honey"
, which follows it on the album
; and there are some tasty little guitar licks throughout. The verse ain't so bad, and 'The Quiet One' rips it up nicely as he declares "I'm in love with you", but it's the ploddy bridge that really lets him — and the song — down. Not to mention the clumsy lyrics:I've known a secret for a week or two,
Nobody knows, just we two...
Nice try, Georgie: keep practising, Johnny!