"Don't Bother Me" was the first song George Harrison wrote, and his first song to be recorded. His older bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney had been writing all the group's material, so it took him a while to pluck up the courage to write one himself. When he did, it was up to form and released as track 4 on With The Beatles
, their second UK album (in America, it was the first song on side 2 of Meet The Beatles
, their first album released in there).
Harrison never regarded this song very highly, possibly because he was holding it to the standards of Lennon-McCartney material, but it's well regarded by fans and shows that Harrison had the goods as a songwriter. He explained: "I don't think it's a particularly good song... It mightn't even be a song at all, but at least it showed me that all I needed to do was keep on writing, and then maybe eventually I would write something good."
A Harrison-penned song would not appear again until the 1965 album Help!
. That would be "You Know What To Do