The Beatles, album "Let It Be… Naked"
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LP - post-Beatle albums - Studio Apple Corps - 2003
02:34 Get Back (Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2013 - 27.01.1969
'We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air.
We started to write words there and then… When we finished it, we recorded it at Apple Studios and made it into a song to rollercoast by.'JOHN 1980:
''Get Back' is Paul.
That's a better version of 'Lady Madonna.' You know, a potboiler rewrite.'
03:38 Dig a Pony (John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2013 - 24.01.1969
'I was just having fun with words.
It was literally a nonsense song.
You just take words and you stick them together, and you see if they have any meaning.
Some of them do and some of them don't.'JOHN 1980:
'Another piece of garbage.'
GEORGE 1980: ''For You Blue' is a simple twelve-bar song following all the normal twelve-bar principles, except that it's happy-go-lucky!'
'The album was finished a year ago, but a few months ago American record producer Phil Spector was called in by John Lennon to tidy up some of the tracks.
But a few weeks ago, I was sent a re-mixed version of my song 'The Long And Winding Road' with harps, horns, an orchestra, and a women's choir added.
No one had asked me what I thought.
I couldn't believe it.
The record came with a note from Allen Klein saying he thought the changes were necessary.
I don't blame Phil Spector for doing it, but it just goes to show that it's no good me sitting here thinking I'm in control because obviously I'm not.
Anyway, I've sent Klein a letter asking for some things to be altered, but I haven't received an answer yet.'JOHN 1980:
He had a little spurt just before we split.'PAUL circa-1994:
'It's rather a sad song.
I like writing sad songs, it's a good bag to get into because you can actually acknowledge some deeper feelings of your own and put them in it.
It's a good vehicle, it saves having to go to a psychiatrist.
Songwriting often performs that feat – you say it, but you don't embarrass yourself because it's only a song, or is it? You are putting the things that are bothering you on the table and you are reviewing them, but because it's a song, you don't have to argue with anyone… It's a sad song because it's all about the unattainable; the door you never quite reach.
This is the road that you never get to the end of.'
03:20 Two of Us (Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2013 - 25.01.1969
PAUL AND GEORGE 1969:
(arguing during the recording of the song 'Two Of Us')
PAUL: 'It's complicated now.
We can get it simpler, and then complicate it where it needs complications.'
GEORGE: 'It's not complicated.'
PAUL: 'This one is like, shall we play guitars through 'Hey Jude' …well, I don't think we should.'
GEORGE: 'Ok well I don't mind… I'll play, you know, whatever you want me to play, or I wont play at all if you don't want to me to play.
Whatever it is that will please you… I'll do it!'
JOHN: 'I wish that we could start hearing the tapes now.
Like – Do it, and then hear what it is.
Is it just 'cuz we don't feel like it, or is it 'Does the guitar sound alright, really.''JOHN 1969:
(ad-libbing during the recording sessions) ''Two of us wearing postcards.''
PAUL 1969: (describing a guitar lick for the middle-eight, during the recording sessions) 'It's coming down too fast – the note.
There shouldn't be any recognizable jumps.
'That was something I wrote when I was about seventeen.
I lived at 9 Newcastle Road.
I was born on the ninth of October – the ninth month.
It's just a number that follows me around, but numerologically, apparently I'm a number six or a three or something, but it's all part of nine.'PAUL circa-1994:
'It was one that we always liked doing, and we rediscovered it.
There were a couple of tunes that we wondered why we never put out – either George Martin didn't like them enough to, or he favored others.
It's not a great song but it's a great favorite of mine because it has great memories for me of John and I trying to write a bluesy freight-train song.
There were alot of those songs at the time, like 'Midnight Special,' 'Freight Train,' 'Rock Island Line,' so this was the 'One After 909.' She didn't get the 909, she got the one after it!'
03:18 Don't Let Me Down (John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2013 - 14.04.1969
(to Ringo, regarding the cymbal smash in the intro) 'Give me a big 'kzzzsshhhh!' Give me the courage to come screaming in.'JOHN 1980:
'That's me, singing about Yoko.'PAUL circa-1994:
'It was a very tense period.
John was with Yoko, and had escalated to heroin and all the accompanying paranoias and he was putting himself out on a limb.
I think that, as much as it excited and amused him, at the same time it secretly terrified him.
So 'Don't Let Me Down' was a genuine plea, 'Don't let me down, please, whatever you do.
I'm out on this limb…' It was saying to Yoko, 'I'm really stepping out of line on this one.
I'm really letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down.' I think it was a genuine cry for help.
It was a good song.
We recorded it in the basement of Apple for 'Let It Be' and later did it up on the roof for the film.
We went through it quite alot for this one.
I sang harmony on it, which makes me wonder if I helped with a couple of the words, but I don't think so.
It was John's song.'
GEORGE 1980: ''I Me Mine' is the ego problem.
I looked around and everything I could see was relative to my ego.
You know, like 'that's my piece of paper,' and 'that's my flannel,' or 'give it to me,' or 'I am.' It drove me crackers – I hated everything about my ego – it was a flash of everything false and impermanent which I disliked.
But later I learned from it – to realize that there is somebody else in here apart from old blabbermouth.
'Who am I' became the order of the day.
Anyway, that's what came out of it: 'I Me Mine' …it's about the ego, the eternal problem.'
03:38 Across the Universe (John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2013 - 01.04.1970
'One of my best songs.
Not one of the best recordings, but I like the lyrics.'JOHN 1980:
'I was a bit more artsy-fartsy there.
I was lying next to my first wife in bed, (song originally written in 1967) you know, and I was irritated.
She must have been going on and on about something and she'd gone to sleep – and I kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream.
I went downstairs and it turned into a sort of cosmic song rather than an irritated song – rather than 'Why are you always mouthing off at me?' or whatever, right? …and I've sat down and looked at it and said, 'Can I write another one with this meter?' It's so interesting.
'Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup/ They slither while the pass, they slip away across the universe.' Such an extraordinary meter and I can never repeat it! It's not a matter of craftsmanship – it wrote itself.
It drove me out of bed.
I didn't want to write it… and I couldn't get to sleep until I put it on paper… It's like being possessed – like a psychic or a medium.
The thing has to go down.
It won't let you sleep, so you have to get up, make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep.
That's always in the middle of the night when you're half-awake or tired and your critical facilities are switched off.'
03:55 Let It Be (Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2013 - 03.01.1970
'That's Paul… I think it was inspired by 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.' That's my feeling, although I have nothing to go on.
I know he wanted to write a 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.''PAUL 1986:
'I had alot of bad times in the '60s.
We used to lie in bed and wonder what was going on and feel quite paranoid.
Probably all the drugs.
I had a dream one night about my mother.
She died when I was fourteen so I hadn't really heard from her in quite a while, and it was very good.
It gave me some strength.'PAUL circa-1994:
'One night during this tense time I had a dream I saw my mum, who'd been dead ten years or so.
And it was great to see her because that's a wonderful thing about dreams, you actually are reunited with that person for a second… In the dream she said, 'It'll be alright.' I'm not sure if she used the words 'Let it be' but that was the gist of her advice, it was 'Don't worry too much, it will turn out okay.' It was such a sweet dream I woke up thinking, 'Oh, it was really great to visit with her again.' I felt very blessed to have that dream.'
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