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June 17, 2014

The Zombies - The Way I Feel Inside (1965)

As The Zombies toured around the United States playing songs like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No” as a part of the British Invasion, they began to simultaneously record the songs for what would be their first full-length album. Recorded throughout the latter half of 1964, the band recorded over twenty tracks, with a near amount of self-written material and rhythm & blues songs originally performed by other artists. The powers that be whittled down the track listing for the album’s UK release, where it was given the title Begin Here. Over in the US, the album was retitled The Zombies and the track listing differed slightly. First released in 1965, Begin Here was considered a disappointment. So much so, that although the group had recorded plenty enough material for there to be a follow-up album, most of the songs were shelved and went unreleased for years.

The song heard below was one of the tracks which made the cut for the band’s Begin Here album. It was written by the band’s organist, Rod Argent, who also happened to be a founding member. The song is primarily done in a capella, although an organ does make a soft appearance toward the end. Besides being released on Begin Here in March 1965, the song was also released as the B-Side of The Zombies' single “Gotta Get a Hold of Myself,” which failed to chart after its UK-only release in September 1966.

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The Zombies - The Way I Feel Inside (1965)

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Lyrics:

Should I try to hide
The way I feel inside my heart for you?

Would you say that you
Would try to love me, too?

In your mind
Could you ever be
Really close to me?
I can tell the way you smile

If I feel that I could be certain, then
I would say the things I want to say tonight

But ‘til I can see
That you'd really care for me
I will dream that someday you'll be
Really close to me
I can tell the way you smile

If I feel that I could be certain, then
I would say the things I want to say tonight

But ‘til I can see
That you'd really care for me
I'll keep trying to hide
The way I feel inside

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