Please Read Me

No. 47 in Top 50 Bee Gees’ Songs 1966-72

By Robin & Barry Gibb
Lead Vocals: Barry, Robin & Maurice
Album: Bee Gees’ 1st 1967


“I never saw reality”

Themes of ‘wanting to be seen’ run throughout the brothers’ songs, most notably, perhaps, on Don’t Want to Live Inside Myself, Trafalgar and Walking Back to Waterlooand this is an early example

Please Read Me is a simple plea to be understood by another.  The mention of a couch might lead us to believe that this ‘other’ is a psychiatrist of sorts but ‘Please Read Me’ works beyond that particular scenario.

The introduction has a kind of underplayed air of swooning regret.  A rueful opening verse takes up the mood.  The singer looks back to a time of life which was simple and carefree to a melody which tends to fall away.

The song’s mood of slight ennui gives way to some happy-sad Four Seasons/Beach Boys type harmonies but the overall feel is 1966 Hollies.

No 46 I Can’t See Nobody
No 48 I Lay Down and Die

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