"I Want to Tell You" as written by and George Harrison....
I want to tell you
My head is filled with things to say
When you're here
All those words they seem to slip away

When I get near you
The games begin to drag me down
It's all right
I'll make you maybe next time around

But if I seem to act unkind
It's only me, it's not my mind
That is confusing things
I want to tell you
I feel hung up and I don't know why
I don't mind
I could wait forever, I've got time

Sometimes I wish I knew you well
Then I could speak my mind and tell
Maybe you'd understand

I want to tell you
I feel hung up and I don't know why
I don't mind
I could wait forever, I've got time
I've got time
I've got time


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"I Want to Tell You" as written by George Harrison

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  • +2
    General CommentI agree with themachine312. In addition, note the lovely A-section ending (that becomes the coda) resting in the final assureance that we indeed have all the time in the universe. It's neat how the song puts together the seemingly contradictory notions of "being stuck" (hung up, etc.) and yet, at the same time, at another level, in a deep, reassuring, visceral way, aware that time is an illusion.
    All that, and the fact that the song structure and changes are a delight, typifying The Beatles during their "in between" time, when they still exhibited strong traditional tunesmithing values, while cleverly incorporating/integrating experimentation with phrasing and polymodalism. Perhaps that mirrors the seeming contradiction in the lyrics, in a way that shows the lyrics to be no contradiction at all!
    razajacon October 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is great. It's kinda obviously about wanting to tell someone you love them but cant try because.
    themachine312on June 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn enjoyable, simpe tune with an interesting melody.

    An evident meaning about wanting to tell someone about the way you feel for them; yet, not familiar enough with them to tell them exactly whats on your mind. Excellent lyrics many of us can relate to!!!
    AnotherLonelyDayon November 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like the way George sings this. i can't imagine john or Paul singing it instead, its a perfect george song. I like the disonance of the hammering piano too. great song.
    Lemmonon January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA good George song... I always love listening to this one, it gets me in a good mood.
    EyeMtheWalruson April 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere you go, sleuth
    msrmx350on January 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1 of my beatles favorites!
    TIZZYon November 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just noticed this! I was listening to my iPod and at about 1:16 into the song, Paul is singing back-up for George. They are singing, "I feel hung-up and I don't know why". When Paul tries to sing the high note on "why", his voice cracks a little bit. Or at least it breaks up a little. You can hear it at specifically 1:19, but you have to listen extremely close. I also know it's not just my iPod; I listened to the song on the radio and I still heard it. Please tell me if you hear this too, so I know I'm not just going crazy.
    Also, after the voice-cracking incident, listen to Paul's voice. H
    abbeyroad115on March 24, 2008   Link
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    General Comment^^^ sry for the bliunder. As I was saying, His voice sounds like he's talking it easier and singing softer. That's just my opinion.
    abbeyroad115on March 24, 2008   Link

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