Two of Us (The Beatles song)

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"Two of Us"
Song by The Beatles

from the album Let It Be

Released 8 May 1970
Recorded 31 January 1969
Apple Studios
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:33
Label Apple
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer Phil Spector
Let It Be track listing

"Two of Us" is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney,[1] although it is credited to Lennon/McCartney. Lennon and McCartney sang the song as a duet. It was written for Linda Eastman, McCartney's soon to be wife, though it sounds at times as if it is addressing Lennon,[1] whose relationship with McCartney was tense at that time.

Production[change | edit source]

Composition[change | edit source]

"Two of Us" was originally a hard rock song. In the Let It Be film, McCartney and Lennon sing the song "rocker" style into the same microphone. McCartney had never been satisfied with this style, which he said was "chunky." And so on 24 January, he and the band reworked it. Lennon had ideas about how the song might sound if Stevie Wonder performed it, and just before revisiting the song, the band had run through the Everly Brothers hit "Cathy's Clown". With these influences and a move from electric guitar to acoustic, the song transformed into the gentler, stripped-down version that fans know today. The Beatles performed a finished version of the song live at Apple Studios on 31 January 1969; this performance was included in both the Let it Be film and album.

The song was originally titled "On Our Way Home". In May 1969, McCartney produced a recording of the song using this title by the group Mortimer, a New York City trio that briefly recorded for Apple, but this recording was never released.[2]

Intro[change | edit source]

At the beginning of the recording Lennon shouts,

"'I Dig a Pygmy', by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids... Phase One, in which Doris gets her oats!"

The shout was mixed in by Phil Spector for the Let It Be album and also appeared in the Let It Be film, both released in 1970. "The deaf aids" was the nickname given to the Beatles' Vox amplifiers.[source?]

Writing credit[change | edit source]

In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Lennon claimed he wrote the song,[3] but he may have been distracted at the time by a previous question about "Don't Let Me Down."

Playboy: "Don't Let Me Down"?
Lennon: That's me, singing about Yoko.
Playboy: "Two of Us"?
Lennon: Mine. By the way, Rod Stewart turned "Don't Let Me Down" into [sings] 'Maggie don't go-o-o.' That's one the publishers never noticed...[3]

In fact, in his 1972 interview with the Hit Parader, Lennon said that Two of Us was written by McCartney.

Personnel[change | edit source]

Notes[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 MacDonald 2003, p. 335.
  2. Dowdling 1989, p. 257.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sheff 2000, p. 204.

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