You Like Me Too Much - Celia Chavez

from Help! by The Beatles Complete On Ukulele



You Like Me Too Much was George’s third song to be recorded by The Beatles, after Don’t Bother Me and I Need You.

There is a lot of sullen teenage arrogance and angst about this recording. Written after The Beatles had been on several exhausting tours I picture George having misbehaved with several tour wives coming home to Patti Boyd.

He’s been cheating on her ("treat you right" = "stop sleeping with other girls"), and she’s kept trying to leave, but can’t stop giving him second chances ("you never had the nerve" = "you really believe that with one more chance, I’ll change").

This is a man/boy who cheats on his wife/girlfriend and taunts her, saying,
"You could leave me, but you like me too much. You don’t have the nerve."

And because he’s figured out that he really does want to be with her, he’ll do whatever he can to convince her that he’ll treat her right. So he thinks about the situation and realizes that he’s been an arse for cheating, and begs her for one more chance – because they both really do like each other too much.

The lyrics to this song seem to send a mixed message. I mean, if you were on the receiving end of them, would you be convinced in your core that George really "likes" you as unshakably as he professes, or would those reiterated accusations and the recounting of your past misdeeds tend to undermine his claim in your eyes?

It’s all a bit juvenile.

The original stereo mix of the song was not even done by producer George Martin. He left it to engineer Norman Smith. When all of the British Beatles albums were being issued on compact disc in the 80’s, it was decided that the album "Help!" would be available in stereo, unlike the first four albums that appeared on CD only in mono. Possibly because George Martin wasn’t even present when some of the original stereo mixes were made in the 60’s, he insisted on creating new ones. Therefore, sometime in 1986, George Martin went back to the original master tapes to re-create stereo mixes for the entire "Help!" album, including "You Like Me Too Much." These new mixes were also utilized when the album was re-mastered for the 2009 compact disc release.

The ukulele version is re-interpreted ingeniously by the charismatic and talented Celia Chavez.

By changing a couple of notes in the melody she wipes away the teenage angst and arrogance and recreates the song as an ode to obsessive love.

Neither lover can stand to be with the other nor can they bear to be apart. They are both the moth and the flame, they are their own pleasure and pain, and it is exquisite.


from Help!, released August 14, 2012
Ukulele Version #181 recorded April 28 2012

Celia Chavez - Vocals
Gary Schreiner - Bass harmonica
David Barratt - Ukulele and everything else

Produced by David Barratt at The Abattoir of Good Taste NYC

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