“I’m Looking Through You” is a song by the Beatles written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon-McCartney). The song first appeared on the band’s 1965 album Rubber Soul. It was written about Jane Asher, McCartney’s girlfriend for five years. The line “You don’t look different, but you have changed” reflects his dissatisfaction with Asher and their relationship. The lyrics also reference his changing emotional state: “Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight”.
During October and November 1965, the Beatles recorded three versions of the song. The original version recorded on 24 October was slower than the released version, had a significantly different rhythm, and lacked the “Why, tell me why …” middle eight of the final version. It was eventually released in 1996 on the Anthology 2 compilation. The final version was recorded on 10 November with overdubs on 11 November and is the version included on Rubber Soul.
The North American stereo version of the song contains two false guitar starts.
At 1:18, feedback can be heard on both the mono and stereo remastered versions.
The album sleeve and other sources indicate that Ringo Starr played Hammond organ on this track, an unusual instrument for the Beatle drummer. Mark Lewisohn reported that he could not hear the organ and that Hammond organ was not listed on the session tape box. Starr plays quick two-note vamps in the choruses.
Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocals, bass, electric guitar
John Lennon – harmony vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar
George Harrison – electric guitar, tambourine
Ringo Starr – drums, Hammond organ, matchbox