Lennon felt "Girl" to be one of his best compositions. It was recorded on November 11, 1965 at Abbey Road Studios during the last session for Rubber Soul. Lennon claimed that the song was about a "dream girl."
One of the more interesting Beatles facts for this song is that the engineers amplified John's intake of breath in certain spots so that it becomes one of the more memorable sounds of the number, sounding almost (according to McCartney) like a percussion instrument.
Lennon sang lead vocal and played acoustic guitar; McCartney played bass and did a backing vocal; Harrison played sitar and provided a backing vocal; and Starr played drums. Some sources say that balalaikas were used instead of the sitar, which seems more believable when one listens to the closing bars of the song.
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