Do You Want To Know A Secret (Lennon/McCartney)

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Do You Want To Know A Secret (Lennon/McCartney)

Do You Want To Know A Secret was written by John to his first wife Cynthia shortly after she became pregnant with their son Julian. The song was influenced by a song from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in which Snow White sings, “Wanna know a secret? Promise not to tell? We are standing by a wishing well.” The demo of Do You Want To Know A Secret was recorded by John in the bathroom, and a toilet can be heard flushing in the background.

Quotes

“The idea came from this thing my mother used to sing to me when I was one or two years old, when she was still living with me. It was from a Disney movie: “Do you want to know a secret? Promise not to tell/You are standing by a wishing well.” So, with that in my head, I wrote the song and just gave it to George to sing. I thought it would be a good vehicle for him, because it had only three notes and he wasn’t the best singer in the world. He has improved a lot since then; but in those days, his ability was very poor. I gave it to him just to give him a piece of the action. That’s another reason why I was hurt by his book.” – John Lennon, Playboy, 1980

BBC Performances

See THERE WILL BE A SHOW TONIGHT: The BBC Performances for complete information on BBC performances and recordings

  • Teenager’s Turn (Here We Go) – recorded March 6, 1963, broadcast March 12, 1963 and released on Bootleg Recordings 1963 (2013)
  • On The Scene – recorded March 21, 1963, broadcast March 28, 1963
  • Side By Side – recorded April 1, 1963, broadcast April 22, 1963
  • Saturday Club – recorded May 21, 1963, broadcast May 25, 1963 and released on Bootleg Recordings 1963 (2013)
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded May 25, 1963, broadcast June 4, 1963
  • Pop Go The Beatles – recorded July 10, 1963, broadcast July 30, 1963 and released on On Air: Live At The BBC Volume 2 (2013)

Personnel

  • George Harrison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar (right channel)
  • John Lennon – acoustic guitar (left channel), backing vocals
  • Paul McCartney – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tapped drumsticks

Release history