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"You Won't See Me" is about a crisis in McCartney's relationship with his then girlfriend, Jane Asher. Four years younger than McCartney, Asher was approaching twenty and no longer willing to adhere to his wish that she stay at home and put his interests first. Since 1963, McCartney had lived at the Asher family home, on Wimpole Street in central London. During this period, McCartney also wrote "We Can Work It Out" and "I'm Looking Through You" as commentaries on his and Asher's relationship. The more biting tone of his lyrics marked a change from his typical love songs; in author Howard Sounes' interpretation, "You Won't See Me" presents McCartney as "bitter" and "the jealous boyfriend". McCartney later said of the band's approach to songwriting on Rubber Soul: "We'd had our cute period, and now it was time to expand."