Jan 20th 2010 By Jeff Merron
The Beatles are well known for their countless tunes about peace and love, but underneath the cherry-soda pop fizz of their early music are some seriously menacing lyrics.
Not convinced that your beloved Beatles stooped to writing songs of jealously and revenge? Just check out our list.
"Another Girl" (Help!)
Want to leave your girlfriend for another lady? Play "Another Girl."
It'll flatten her (proverbially speaking).
Sample lyric: You're making me say that I've got nobody but you /But as from today I've got somebody that's new/I ain't no fool and I don't take what I don't want/For I have got another girl, another girl.
"Don't Bother Me" (With the Beatles)
This sounds like it was written by Anakin Skywalker in "Attack of the Clones." This little ditty should do the job.
Sample lyric: It's just not right when every night I'm all alone/I've got no time for you right now, don't bother me/I know I'll never be the same if I don't get her back again./Because I know she'll always be the only girl for me.
"I'll Cry Instead" (A Hard Day's Night)
I'm going to break all the hearts in the world! Whahahaha!
Sample lyric: I'll be back again someday./And when I do you better hide all the girls/I'm gonna break their hearts all round the world/Yes, I'm gonna break them in two and/Show you what your lovin' man can do.
"I'm Looking Through You" (Rubber Soul)
Summary: You were mean to me; I hate you.
Sample lyric: Why, tell me why did you not treat me right?/Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight,/You're thinking of me the same old way,/You were above me, but not today./The only difference is you're down there./I'm looking through you and you're nowhere.
"Run for Your Life" (Rubber Soul)
Wow, is this the most pathological Beatles song
? Considering the words, it's an amazingly upbeat tune.
Sample lyric: I'd rather see you dead, little girl,/Than to be with another man/You'd better keep your head, little girl/Or you won't know where I am/You'd better run for your life if you can, little girl/Hide your head in the sand, little girl/Catch you with another man/That's the end -- ah, little girl.
"Think for Yourself" (Rubber Soul)
This song comes with a healthy dose of condescension.
Sample lyric: I left you far behind/The ruins of the life that you had in mind/And though you still can't see/I know your mind's made up/You're gonna cause more misery/Do what you want to do/And go where you're going to/Think for yourself/'Cos I won't be there with you.
"You Can't Do That" (A Hard Day's Night)
You're still together ... but she's still an insufferable flirt. So you're giving her one last warning ...
Sample lyric: Well, it's the second time, I've caught you talking to him/Do I have to tell you one more time, I think it's a sin,/I think I'll let you down/Let you down and leave you flat,/Gonna let you down and leave you flat/Because I told you before, oh,/You can't do that.
"Not a Second Time" (With the Beatles)
It's a story that's been repeated since the dawn of time: She's dumped you, and after a long, hard recovery, you're finally back on your feet. Feeling much better, thank you. Now, though, she wants you back. Do you want to get back together with the girl who put you through all that agony in the first place? Yes, you do! But you won't. Because it's a bad idea. And she doesn't deserve you.
Sample lyric:You know you made me cry/I see no use in wond'ring why/I cried for you/And now, you've changed your mind/I see no reason to change mine,/I cried, it's through, oh.