"Misery" was never a single for The Beatles. It was written for singer Helen Shapiro as a country/western recording, but the song was deemed unsuitable and never released by Shapiro. The piano on the track is played by Producer George Martin, who performed on a large number of earlier Beatles recordings, while John Lennon taught himself to play in the studio. (more)
- The piano throughout, especially the intro and its pairing with the rhythm guitar
- The whiny sound of the backing vocals
- "It's gonna be a drag"
- Lennon's lisp on "send her back to me" (ssshend)
- The outro, including the whine, the line "my misery" and the fade-out on "lalalalala"
The fact that John is not taking himself too seriously, even here in their first real studio recording is really cute, and appealing. The lisp on "send," taken after the opening of the album on "I Saw Her Standing There" really sets the listener up for a raw rock-and-roll record that could almost be live. It's also a tongue-in-cheek jab at the song itself, sort of a way to say "yes, I know this song is really just fluff. But it's fun! And less than two minutes long."