"What Goes On" as written by John Lennon, Richard Starkey and Paul Mccartney....
What goes on in your heart?
What goes on in your mind?
You are tearing me apart
When you treat me so unkind
What goes on in your mind

The other day I saw you
As I walked along the road
But when I saw him with you
I could feel my future fold
It's so easy for a girl like you to lie
Tell me why

What goes on in your heart?
What goes on in your mind?
You are tearing me apart
When you treat me so unkind
What goes on in your mind

I met you in the morning
Waiting for the tides of time
But now the tide is turning
I can see that I was blind
It's so easy for a girl like you to lie
Tell me why
What goes on in your heart?

I used to think of no on else
But you were just the same
You didn't even think of me
As someone with a name
Did you mean to break my heart and watch me die
Tell me why

What goes on in your heart?
What goes on in your mind?
You are tearing me apart
When you treat me so unkind
What goes on in your mind


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"What Goes On" as written by Lou Reed

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    General CommentThe only reason it sounds remotely country is because of the sleepy guitar in the backgrouond and Ringo's voice. I like this song, not because of the lyrics or any specific instrument, but the overall balance and crispness. It is just so clean.
    Silly Gosslingon October 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE RINGO
    bkat004on March 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about a guy who's been betrayed by his girlfriend, presumably by way of infidelity. Fairly self-explanatory in that regard.

    I can really relate to this song. I've actually never had someone cheat on me. However, I've been in a couple of situations where thoughts like "when I saw him [or her, as the case was] with you/ I could feel my future fold" and "did you mean to break my heart and watch me die?" crossed my mind.

    In all, this a very underrated song, IMO. A lot of people don't like for its sound or don't realize it even exists, which is a shame, since I think it's a lovely and somewhat tragic song.
    SailorGoldRabbiton July 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea, what the fuck does go on...

    ...girls
    ZinbobDanon May 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey say Ringo wrote this, but he says he "only wrote 3 words". Anyway, this is my least favorite Bealtles song. I think it is a gap in the great album Rubber Soul.
    cronoyuhaon February 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI kind of like this song. As a singer, Ringo was a hell of a drummer.

    Anyway, this song is about a guy finding out his girlfriend has been cheating on him and he's asking her what she was thinking in breaking his heart like that. Pretty self-explanatory.
    Zepfreakon March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt first I really didn't care for this song, but after a few times hearing it, it sort of grows on you.
    wildbaldmonkeyon April 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome critics say this is the worst song off Rubber Soul because it sounds Country. This is my favourite song of the album because of that same reason!
    bkat004on December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the lyrics and I love Ringo's voice!
    greendaygirl908on July 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard this stupid song, or a cover of it by someone who sounded like sufjan stevens, the night i was thinking about a guy i was confused about. ugh. that's what it means to me, what the hell is he thinking?
    hailstormpixieon August 01, 2006   Link

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