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"Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand"

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Oh komm doch, komm zu mir,
Du nimmst mir den Verstand.
Oh komm doch, komm zu mir,
Komm gib mir deine Hand.


"Come, give me your hand" — being as close you can get to 'I wanna hold it' in German. The band was forced to record this, along with the equally ludicrous "Sie Liebt Dicht" for release as a single in Deutschland in early '64. Some dummkopf Teutonic record exec considered that the mania growing around the group would not extend there if they didn't sing in the vernacular (or at least in an over-syllabled, phonetically-scripted approximation thereof). Mein Gott! No-one had complained too much when they sang in English back in the Rattkeller...

It was the sole time in their career that The Beatles were prepared to screw professionalism, and simply didn't show up at the studios in Paris. George Martin had to storm into the hotel suite like a Gestapo Kommandant and pack them into a taxi with a flea circus in their ears in order to get the job done, singing over the original backing track.

Even he sheepishly confessed later that it really hadn't been worth it. Nevertheless, Capitol considered it worthy of release Stateside, featuring it as the closing number on the Something New album. "Something daft," I'm sure John would've called it.

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