Don't Bother Me
- George Harrison – double-tracked vocal, lead guitar
- John Lennon – rhythm guitar, tambourine
- Paul McCartney – bass, claves
- Ringo Starr – drums, bongos
- Norman Smith – engineer
Don't Bother Me was George Harrison's first composition to be sung by the group. From this point forward he took a place with Lennon and McCartney as composer as well as intrumentalist. Written around August 19, 1963 while on tour and recovering in his hotel room from a bout with the flu, Harrison penned both the words and the music. The song has is lonely and sad. The lyrics explain the "down" mood of the song is because a girl has just gone away from the boy. Most students of the Beatles feel that the real explanation is George's quieter nature (by comparison with the others) and the fact that he was away from home and ill when he wrote it. The song is in a minor key, and Harrison's voice is the only one heard in the song. With the overdub, he sings a duet with himself for certain passages. The song follows the usual Beatles' pattern of two verses, a bridge, and a verse, but lead guitarist Harrison inserted a second bridge-verse combo to make room for a plaintive guitar solo.
September 11 & 12, 1963 in 15 takes, after Hold Me Tight and prior to Little Child. Take 14 was taken as the base track, and 15 was Harrison overdubbing himself.