Knowing that the Beatles made an abortive attempt at recording this song for Please Please Me, then tried again for With The Beatles, it’s no surprise the results are fairly uninspiring.
Did you catch the title?
The most interesting songwriting aspect is in the lyrics.
We get the title at the beginning and near the end of the verse. The echoing BVs drive it home even more strongly.
We also get the kind of lyrical bookending (Ticket 24) that I’m noticing in more and more Lennon & McCartney songs (From Me To You, All My Loving, I Want To Hold your Hand)
Alone (in the bridge) echoes The lonely one (v1)
And in verse 2 Loving you echoes making love
Subliminal repeats? Rhyming ideas? Does anyone know what this sort of thing is called?
The minor 4 chord crops up at the end of the verse in a very doo-wop progression
F F7 Bb Bbm F
(I, I7, IV, iv, I)
which is exactly the same as the one in Devil In Her Heart. The repeated tune (hold, hold, me tight, me tight, tonight, tonight, tonight etc..) over the changing chords is effective.
Where the song falls down is on the end of the verse and bridge. It meanders; losing it’s way harmonically, lyrically, and melodically. The ritard ending sums it up - for all the driving rock n roll riffing the song just runs out of steam.