I'm Looking Through You
John Lennon wrote this song in Rishikesh. Which is significant because it wasn't recorded for The White Album. Then it was passed over again for Let It Be before finally making the cut on Abbey Road. Not surprising then that it is such a weak song.
Like many 'Long One' tracks it was recorded as a pair (in this case with She Came Through The Bathroom Window) though it was always a completely separate song.
Though the Beatles were influenced by (not to say ripped off!) many bands they almost always avoided sounding derivative (Dylan & The Byrds notwithstanding). But this song comes over as a pastiche of The Who particularly Magic Bus. Consider the Bo Diddley tom tom beat, percussion, chunky 12 String rhythm guitar and odd characters. Even Lennon's 'fake' scouse accent (his real speaking voice was much posher) seems like an attempt to distance himself from Ealing boy Roger Daltrey.
Melodically this is one of the most limited Beatles songs I've come across. Almost all chord tones, very stepwise & a tiny range - only a 4th !(from a B up to an E).
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The “Yeah Yeah Yeah” is a sly self reference to She Loves You and gives us a bit of contrary motion (Ticket 12) as the melody descends while the chords ascend.
Speaking of chords the progression C D E (bVI bVII I) on the yeah yeah section is the “Billy Shears” chord progression from the beginning of With A Little Help From My Friends (see Ticket 1). Interestingly the original progression (as heard on Anthology) was C B E)
The coolest part by far are the b.v.s in bars 5-8, reminiscent of the quasi-classical b.v.s in Because. A little out of place here maybe, but cool all the same.
It does stand up as a song in it's own right, short & humorous, though a third verse and a better guitar solo wouldn't have done it any harm. But ultimately it fails on being so simple and derivative.