Originally titled "Thank You, Little Girl", John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song as a tribute to the band's many female fans. McCartney said, "We knew that if we wrote a song called, 'Thank You Girl' that a lot [sic] of the girls who wrote us fan letters would take it as a genuine thank you. So a lot of our songs were directly addressed to the fans."
Lennon said the song was originally intended as a single: "'Thank You Girl' was one of our efforts at writing a single that didn't work. So it became a B side or an album track." In April 1972 he told Hit Parader, "[This was written by] Paul and me. This was just a silly song we knocked off." Paul McCartney, the song's co-composer, seemed to agree describing it as "a bit of a hack song, but all good practice."
The song was recorded in thirteen takes, the same number of takes needed to perfect "From Me To You." This recording session is also notable because it marks the first studio appearances of two Lennon/McCartney songs that would not be released until much later in the band's career: "One After 909" from Let It Be, and "What Goes On" from Rubber Soul. Although both songs were rehearsed, only "One After 909" was recorded, and even then the results were deemed unsatisfactory for release.
The original stereo mix of the song is noticeably different to the mono mix (which is the mix used on Past Masters, Volume One) in the middle 8, where a couple of extra harmonica lines can be heard. It's also available on The Beatles' Second Album in the US, not in the UK or some countries in worldwide.
Both "From Me to You" and "Thank You Girl" were credited to McCartney-Lennon, as were all the songs on the Please Please Me album. The songwriting credit would be permanently changed to the more familiar Lennon/McCartney for their next release, the "She Loves You" single.
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