© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
I Want to Hold Your Hand

I Want to Hold Your Hand

by The Beatles

Lyrics

"I wanna hold your hand"

Quick Thought

Holding hands is a universal sign of friendship and affection.

Deep Thought

No one has yet written the definitive history of hand-holding, but the practice appears to exist worldwide among all human populations, though the meaning of holding hands varies from culture to culture. For example, in the Middle East holding hands is an expression of trust and respect, whereas in the West holding hands is typically an expression of romantic or familial intimacy.

"I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide"

Quick Thought

Bob Dylan heard these lines as "I get high," and decided he liked The Beatles.

Deep Thought

Bob Spitz, in his biography of The Beatles, fleshes out this comical little anecdote, going on to say that Bob Dylan was shocked when he found out that none of the Fab Four smoked marijuana at the time.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement