Taken on its own, the lyric is very basic, repeating just a few simple lines like:I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
This raises the question of whether John Lennon was writing with stunning efficiency or just out of ideas. "I think there are only about 13 words in it," Ken McNab, author of The Last Days of The Beatles
, told Songfacts
. "Does that mean he is lyrically bankrupt at this point, or has he said exactly what he wants to say in 13 words? There are always two sides to look at this kind of thing."
Lennon offered his take when soon after Abbey Road
was released, a news magazine show called 24 Hours
read the lyrics out loud, taking a derisive tone. Lennon replied: "To me that's a damn sight better lyric than 'Walrus
' or 'Eleanor Rigby
' because its progression to me. And if I want to write songs with no words or one word... maybe that's Yoko's influence."