Two of Us (The Beatles song)
|"Two of Us"|
|Song by The Beatles
from the album Let It Be
|Released||8 May 1970|
|Recorded||31 January 1969
|Let It Be track listing|
"Two of Us" is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, 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, whose relationship with McCartney was tense at that time.
Production[change | change source]
Composition[change | change 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.
Intro[change | change source]
At the beginning of the recording Lennon says,
The joke 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" – the British term for hearing aids – was also the nickname given to the Beatles' Vox amplifiers.[source?]
Writing credit[change | change source]
- 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...
In fact, in his 1972 interview with the Hit Parader, Lennon said that Two of Us was written by McCartney.
Personnel[change | change source]
- John Lennon – harmony vocal, acoustic guitar, and whistling.
- Paul McCartney – lead vocal, acoustic guitar and whistling.
- George Harrison – bass-line (played on electric guitar).
- Ringo Starr – drums
Notes[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- Dowlding, William J. (1989). Beatlesongs. Simon & Schuster Inc. ISBN 0-671-68229-6.
- Erickson, Hal (2010). "Plot Synopsis of Two of Us". VH1. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
- MacDonald, Ian (2003). Revolution in the Head:The Beatles' Records and the Sixties. Pimlico. ISBN 1-8441-3828-3.
- Sheff, David (2000). All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-25464-4.