Hey Hey What Can I Do-
“Complete Studio Recordings” box set version of Coda (1990)
Wanna tell you about the girl I love My she looks so fine She’s the only one that I been dreamin’ of Maybe someday she will be all mine I wanna tell her that I love her so I thrill with her every touch I need to tell her she’s the only one I really love
I got a woman, wanna ball all day I got a woman, she won’t be true, no I got a woman, stay drunk all the time I said I got a little woman and she won’t be true
Sunday morning when we go down to church See the menfolk standin’ in line I said they come to pray to the Lord With my little girl, looks so fine In the evening when the sun is sinkin’ low Everybody’s with the one they love I walk the town, Keep a-searchin’ all around Lookin’ for my street corner girl
I got a woman, wanna ball all day I got a woman, she won’t be true, no no I got a woman, stay drunk all the time I said I got a little woman and she won’t be true
In the bars, with the men who play guitars Singin’, drinkin’ and rememberin’ the times My little lover does a midnight shift She followed around all the time I guess there’s just one thing a-left for me to do Gonna pack my bags and move on my way Cause I got a worried mind Sharin’ what I thought was mine Gonna leave her where the guitars play
I got a woman, she won’t be true, no no I got a woman, wanna ball all day I got a woman, stay drunk all the time I got a little woman and she won’t be true
(Hey hey what can I do)
I said she won’t be true
(Hey Hey, What can I say?)
Hey hey, what can I do I got a woman, she won’t be true Lord, hear what I say I got a woman, wanna ball all day
Did You know ? Until it was released on Led Zeppelin’s boxed set in 1990, this could only be found in America on the B-side of “Immigrant Song” and in England on an Atlantic Records record sampler. It’s scarcity added to its appeal and helped keep the song on classic rock playlists for many years.
Led Zeppelin never played this song live, although Jimmy Page and Robert Plant played it on their 1995 tour.
The Beatles, with George Martin, at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, 1962 and 1963; screen capped from Living in the Material World
“I nearly got killed by the rest of the band from that first trip to Abbey Road Studio when George Martin recorded us, and then he played it to us back, and then he said, ‘Now, is there anything that you’d like to say? Is there anything that you don’t like?’ And I just looked at him and said, ‘Well, I don’t like your tie for a kick off.’ And the others all, 'Ooooh… this is - you know, we’re trying to get a record deal here.’ But George Martin also had a sense of humor.” - George Harrison in an interview with Scott Muni, 1987 [x]
“When it was over, [George Martin] spoke to the group over the talkback, with them huddled in a far corner of the studio. Then he invited them up to the control room to hear the tapes and discuss technicalities.
[…] 'They were really lolling about,’ says [Chris] Neal. ’[John] Lennon was sitting on a speaker and [George] Harrison, I seem to recall, was lounging on the floor.’ 'We gave them a long lecture about their equipment and what would have to be done about it if they were to become recording artists,’ says Norman Smith. 'They didn’t say a word back, not a word, they didn’t even nod their heads in agreement. When he finished, George [Martin] said "Look, I’ve laid into you for quite a time, you haven’t responded. Is there anything you don’t like?” I remember they all look at each other for a long while, shuffling their feet, then George Harrison took a long look at George and said “Yeah, I don’t like your tie!” That cracked the ice for us and for the next 15-20 minutes they were pure entertainment. When they left to go home George [Martin] and I just sat there saying “Phew! What do you think of that lot then?” I had tears running down my face.’“ - The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn
"I said to the boys, after we’d done a few takes of rather nondescript songs, I said, 'Come into the control room and have a listen and see what we’d been doing. And if there’s anything you don’t like, tell us.’ And George [Harrison] was the one who took the leap. And he said, 'Well, I don’t like your tie for a start.’ And the others were horrified. They thought, 'God, he’s blown it.’ But of course, I fell around laughing. I thought it was - it was so cheeky, and so funny that I… you know, he endeared himself to me on that point.” - George Martin, Living in the Material World
George Harrison showing Amiya Dasgupta the arrangement of “Within You Without You” at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, March 1967.
Photos: The Beatles Book
“George [Harrison] was there with some Indian musicians and they had a carpet on the floor and there was incense burning. George was very sweet - he’s always been very kind and sweet - and he got up and welcomed us in and offered us tea. We just sat and watched for a couple of hours. It was a fascinating, historical time.” - Peter Blake, The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions [x]