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They did fifteen takes of “This Boy”, followed by two overdubs when recording. It was released in November as the B-side of the British Parlophone single “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.
The song "This Boy" expresses John's feelings regarding the physical abuse that his mother, Julia, was receiving from her common-in-law husband, John Dykins. The song was most likely written shortly after Julia had visited her older sister Mimi one night, battered, bruised, and crying. Dykins had .
· ‘This Boy’ was recorded on 17 October , after The Beatles had completed ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’. It took them 15 takes to complete the basic track. After that two overdubs were added, mainly of the three-part vocal harmonies. The arrangement was largely in place before they ted Reading Time: 4 mins.
The Beatles "This Boy": That boy took my love away Though he'll regret it someday But this boy wants you back again That bo.