How is it that a song titled “Misery” is one of the most musically joyful songs in the Beatles’ catalog? Clocking in at under two minutes, this delightful little ditty features John and Paul singing in unison the entire time, and was recorded during the marathon Please Please Me session in which John audibly really needs to blow his nose.
Nothing special, this one, but it’s fun and enjoyable and makes its exit before it becomes too cloying. Fun fact, it was the first Lennon/McCartney song covered by another artist, early Beatles tour partner Kenny Lynch, who performed it “not amazingly well” according to McCartney. He’s not wrong.