Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand
Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand is the German language version of I Want to Hold Your Hand. They recorded this song together with Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You) in Paris during their tour there in January of 1964. EMI records had an affiliate in West Germany (Odeon), which succeeded in persuading George Martin and Beatles manager Brian Epstein that the group needed to sing in German in order to sell records there. The Beatles themselves were unconvinced and reluctant to give it a try. A German translator (Otto Demmlar) was dispatched from Cologne to Paris to teach them the lyrics. George Martin related to Mark Lewisohn in The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions the following story about the Beatles' first recordings in German:
[The Beatles were late for the recording session. When I called to their hotel,] "Neil Aspinall answered, 'They're in bed, they've decided not to go to the studio.' I went crazy - it was the first time they had refused to do anything for me. 'You tell them they've got to come, otherwise I shall be so angry it isn't true! I'm coming over right now.' So the German [translator] and I jumped into a taxi, we got to the hotel and I barged into their suite, to be met by this incredible sight, right out of the Mad Hatter's tea party. Jane Asher - Paul girlfriend - with her long red hair, was pouring tea from a china pot, and the others were sitting around her like March Hares. They took one look at me and exploded, like in a school room when the headmaster enters. Some dived onto the sofa and hid behind curtains. 'You are bastards!' I screamed, to which they responded with impish little grins and roguish apologies. Within minutes we were on our way to the studio. They were right, actually. It wasn't necessary for them to record in German, but they weren't graceless, they did a good job."
The original rhythm track from their October 17, 1963 recording session was "mixed down" and then the German vocals were added on top. Of the eleven takes, five and seven were selected and patched together with handclaps overdubbed.