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Come Together
(John Lennon)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
PAUL 1969: 'On the new album I like 'Come Together,' which is a great one of John's.'

JOHN 1980: ''Come Together' is me – writing obscurely around an old Chuck Berry thing.
I left the line 'Here comes old flat-top.' It is nothing like the Chuck Berry song, but they took me to court because I admitted the influence once years ago.
I could have changed it to 'Here comes old iron face,' but the song remains independent of Chuck Berry or anybody else on earth.
The thing was created in the studio.
It's gobbledygook – 'Come Together' was an expression that Tim Leary had come up with for his attempt at being president or whatever he wanted to be, and he asked me to write a campaign song.
I tried and I tried, but I couldn't come up with one.
But I came up with this, 'Come Together,' which would've been no good to him – you couldn't have a campaign song like that, right? Leary attacked me years later, saying I ripped him off.
I didn't rip him off.
It's just that it turned into 'Come Together.' What am I going to do, give it to him? It was a funky record – it's one of my favorite Beatle tracks, or, one of my favorite Lennon tracks, let's say that.
It's funky, it's bluesy, and I'm singing it pretty well.
I like the sound of the record.
You can dance to it.
I'll buy it!' (laughs)

Here come old flat top
He come grooving up slowly
He got joo joo eyeball
He one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what you please.

He wear no shoe shine
He got toe jam football
He got monkey finger
He shoot Coca-Cola
He say I know you, you know me
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together right now over me

He bag production
He got walrus gumboot
He got Ono sideboard
He one spinal cracker
He got feet down below his knee
Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease
Come together right now over me

Right!
Come
Come...
Come...
Come...

He roller coaster
He got early warning
He got Muddy Water
He one Mojo filter
He say. "One and one and one is three"
Got to be good looking 'cause he so hard to see
Come together right now over me

Oh!
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Come together
Yeah
Ahh
Come together
Yeah
Come together...

Something
(George Harrison)
PAUL 1969: 'I like George's song 'Something.' For me I think it's the best he's written.'

GEORGE 1969: 'I wrote the song 'Something' for the album before this one, but I never finished it off until just recently.
I usually get the first few lines of words and music together, both at once… and then finish the rest of the melody.
Then I have to write the words.
It's like another song I wrote when we were in India.
I wrote the whole first verse and just said everything I wanted to say, and so now I need to write a couple more verses.
I find that much more difficult.
But John gave me a handy tip.
He said, 'Once you start to write a song, try to finish it straight away while you're still in the same mood.' Sometimes you go back to it and you're in a whole different state of mind.
So now, I do try to finish them straight away.'

GEORGE 1980: ''Something' was written on the paino while we were making the White Album.
I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing so I went into an empty studio and began to write.
That's really all there is to it, except the middle took some time to sort out.
It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks.'

Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me

I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don't need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me

Don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

You're asking me will my love grow
I don't know, I don't know
You stick around, now it may show
I don't know, I don't know

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me

I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Maxwell's Silver Hammer
(Paul McCartney)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
GEORGE 1969: 'The song 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is one of Paul's which we've been trying to record for ages.
It's one of those instant whistle-along tunes which some people hate, and other people really like.
It's a fun song, but it's kinda sick because Maxwell keeps on killing everyone.'

PAUL circa-1994: ''Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life.
I wanted something symbolic of that, so to me it was some fictitious character called Maxwell with a silver hammer.
I don't know why it was silver, it just sounded better than Maxwell's hammer.
It was needed for scanning.
We still use that expression now when something unexpected happens.'

Joan was quizzical, studied pataphysical
Science in the home
Late nights all alone with a test-tube ohh oh oh oh
Maxwell Edison majoring in medicine
Calls her on the phone
Can I take you out to the pictures, Joan?
But as she's getting ready to go
A knock comes on the door

Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Came down upon her head
Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead

Back in school again Maxwell plays the fool again
Teacher gets annoyed
Wishing to avoid an unpleasant scene
She tells Max to stay when the class has gone away
So he waits behind
Writing 50 times "I must not be so" oh oh oh
But when she turns her back on the boy
He creeps up from behind

Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Came down upon her head
Do do do do do
Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead

P.C. Thirty-One said "We caught a dirty one"
Maxwell stands alone
Painting testimonial pictures ohh oh oh oh
Rose and Valerie screaming from the gallery
Say he must go free (Maxwell must go free)
The judge does not agree and he tells them so oh oh oh
But as the words are leaving his lips
A noise comes from behind

Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Came down upon his head
Do do do do do
Bang, Bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that he was dead
Wow wow wow oh!
Do do do do do

Silver hammer Max

Oh! Darling
(Paul McCartney)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
JOHN 1980: ''Oh! Darling' was a great one of Paul's that he didn't sing too well.
I always thought that I could've done it better – it was more my style than his.
He wrote it, so what the hell, he's going to sing it.
If he'd had any sense he should have let me sing it.' (laughs)

PAUL circa-1994: 'I mainly remember wanting to get the vocal right, wanting to get it good, and I ended up trying each morning as I came into the recording session.
I tried it with a hand mike, and I tried it with a standing mike, I tried it every which way, and finally got the vocal I was reasonably happy with.
It's a bit of a belter and if it comes off lukewarm then you've missed the whole point.
It was unusual for me – I would normally try all the goes at a vocal in one day.'

Oh! Darling, please believe me
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm

Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I'll never make it alone
Believe me when I beg you, ooh
Don't ever leave me alone

When you told me
You didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me
You didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died

Oh! Darling, if you leave me
I'll never make it alone
Believe me when I tell you
I'll never do you no harm
Believe me darling

When you told me, ooh
You didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and cried
When you told me
You didn't need me anymore
Well you know I nearly broke down and died

Oh! Darling, please believe me
I'll never let you down
Oh, believe me darling
Believe me when I tell you, ooh
I'll never do you no harm

Octopus's Garden
(Richard Starkey)
GEORGE 1969: ''Octopus's Garden' is Ringo's song.
It's only the second song Ringo has ever written, mind you, and it's lovely.
Ringo gets bored with just playing drums all the time, so at home he sometimes plays a bit of piano, but unfortunately he only knows about three chords.
He knows about the same on guitar too.
This song gets very deep into your consciousness, though because it's so peaceful.
I suppose Ringo is writing cosmic songs these days without even realizing it.'

RINGO 1981: 'He (a ship captain) told me all about octopuses – how they go 'round the sea bed and pick up stones and shiny objects and build gardens.
I thought, 'How fabulous!' because at the time I just wanted to be under the sea, too.
I wanted to get out of it for a while.'

I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus's garden in the shade
He'd let us in, knows where we've been
In his octopus's garden in the shade

I'd ask my friends to come and see
An octopus's garden with me
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus's garden in the shade

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus's garden near a cave

We would sing and dance around
Because we know we can't be found
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus's garden in the shade

We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
(Lies beneath the ocean waves)
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they're happy and they're safe
(Happy and they're safe)

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus's garden with you
In an octopus's garden with you
In an octopus's garden with you

I Want You (She's So Heavy)
(John Lennon)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
GEORGE 1969: 'It is very heavy.
John plays lead guitar and sings, and it's basically just an old blues riff he's doing, but again, it's a very original John-type song as well… It's a very good chord sequence he used on this particular one.'

JOHN 1971: 'Simplicity is evident in 'She So Heavy.' In fact a reviewer wrote: 'He seems to have lost his talent for lyrics, it's so simple and boring.' When it gets down to it – when you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream.'

JOHN 1980: 'That's me, about Yoko.'

I want you
I want you so bad
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

I want you
I want you so bad, babe
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

I want you
I want you so bad, babe
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

I want you
I want you so bad
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

She's so heavy
Heavy, heavy, heavy

She's so heavy
She's so heavy
Heavy, heavy, heavy

I want you
I want you so bad
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

I want you
You know I want you so bad, babe
I want you
You know I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad
Yeah

She's so

Here Comes the Sun
(George Harrison)
GEORGE 1980: '…written at a time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen – all this signing accounts, and 'sign this' and 'sign that.' Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever; by the time spring comes you really deserve it.
So one day I decided, 'I'm going to sag-off Apple,' and I went over to Eric Clapton's house.
I was walking in his garden.
The relief of not having to go and see all those dopey accountants was wonderful.
And I was walking around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars, and wrote 'Here Comes The Sun.'

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It's all right, it's all right

Because
(John Lennon)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
PAUL 1969: 'I like John's 'Because' on the second side.
To say, 'Because the world is round it turns me on' is great.
And 'Because the wind is high it blows my mind''

GEORGE 1969: 'I think my favorite one on the album is 'Because.' The lyrics are uncomplicated… but the harmony was actually pretty difficult to sing.
I think it's one of those tunes that will definitely impress most people.'

JOHN 1980: 'I was lying on the sofa in our house, listening to Yoko play Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' on the piano.
Suddenly, I said, 'Can you play those chords backward?' She did, and I wrote 'Because' around them.
The song sounds like 'Moonlight Sonata,' too.
The lyrics are clear, no bullshit, no imagery, no obscure references.'

Aaaaaahhhhhh...
Because the world is round it turns me on
Because the world is round...aaaaaahhhhhh

Because the wind is high it blows my mind
Because the wind is high...aaaaaaaahhhh

Love is old, love is new
Love is all, love is you

Because the sky is blue, it makes me cry
Because the sky is blue...aaaaaaaahhhh

Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh...
Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh...
Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh...

You Never Give Me Your Money
(Paul McCartney)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
GEORGE 1969: 'It does two verses of one tune, and then the bridge is almost like a different song altogether, so it's quite melodic.'

PAUL 1988: 'We wanted to dabble, and I had a bit of fun making some of the songs fit together, with key changes (into the long medley).
That was nice.
It worked out well.'

You never give me your money
You only give me your funny paper
And in the middle of negotiations
You break down

I never give you my number
I only give you my situation
And in the middle of investigation
I break down

Out of college, money spent
See no future, pay no rent
All the money's gone, nowhere to go
Any jobber got the sack
Monday morning, turning back
Yellow lorry slow, nowhere to go
But oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go
Oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go
Nowhere to go

Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh...
Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh...
Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh...

One sweet dream
Pick up the bags and get in the limousine
Soon we'll be away from here
Step on the gas and wipe that tear away
One sweet dream came true today
Came true today
Came true today (Yes it did)

One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven
One two three four five six seven
All good children go to Heaven (fade out)

Sun King
(John Lennon)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
JOHN 1969: 'We just started joking, you know, singing `quando para mucho.´ So we just made up… Paul knew a few Spanish words from school, you know.
So we just strung any Spanish words that sounded vaguely like something.
And of course we got `chicka ferdy´ in. That´s a Liverpool expression.
Just like sort of – it doesn´t mean anything to me but (childish taunting) `na-na, na-na-na!´ `Cake and eat it´ is another nice line too, because they have that in Spanish – 'Que' or something, and eat it.'

JOHN 1980: 'That's a piece of garbage I had around.'

GEORGE 1987: 'At the time, 'Albatross' (by Fleetwood Mac) was out, with all the reverb on guitar.
So we said, 'Let's be Fleetwood Mac doing Albatross, just to get going.' It never really sounded like Fleetwood Mac… but that was the point of origin.'

Aaaaahhhhhhhhhh...
Here comes the Sun King
Here comes the Sun King
Everybody's laughing
Everybody's happy
Here comes the Sun King

Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carathon
Mundo paparazzi mi amore cicce verdi parasol
Questo abrigado tantamucho que canite carousel

Mean Mr. Mustard
(John Lennon)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
JOHN 1980: 'I'd read somewhere in the newspaper about this mean guy who hid his five-pound notes, not up his nose but 'somewhere else.' No, it had nothing to do with cocaine.'

Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park
Shaves in the dark trying to save paper
Sleeps in a hole in the road
Saving up to buy some clothes
Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose
Such a mean old man
Such a mean old man

His sister Pam works in a shop
She never stops, she's a go-getter
Takes him out to look at the queen
Only place that he's ever been
Always shouts out something obscene
Such a dirty old man
Dirty old man

Polythene Pam
(John Lennon)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
JOHN 1980: 'That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England's answer to Allen Ginsberg, who gave us our first exposure… I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment, and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet.
He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did.
She didn't wear jackboots, and kilts, I just sort of elaborated.
Perverted sex in a polythene bag – Just looking for something to write about.'

Well you should see Polythene Pam
She's so good-looking but she looks like a man
Well you should see her in drag dressed in her polythene bag
Yes you should see Polythene Pam
Yeah yeah yeah

Get a dose of her in jackboots and kilt
She's killer-diller when she's dressed to the hilt
She's the kind of a girl that makes the "News of the World"
Yes you could say she was attractively built
Yeah yeah yeah

She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
(Paul McCartney)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
GEORGE 1969: 'A very strange song of Paul's with terrific lyrics, but it's hard to explain what they're all about.'

JOHN 1980: 'He wrote that when we were in New York announcing Apple and we first met Linda.
Maybe she's the one that came in the window.'

(Gonna come out now
Ha ha ha
Wow look out.)

She came in through the bathroom window
Protected by a silver spoon
But now she sucks her thumb and wonders
By the banks of her own lagoon

Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to Monday
Tuesday's on the phone to me

She said she'd always been a dancer
She worked at fifteen clubs a day
And though she thought I knew the answer
Well, I knew what I could not say

And so I quit the police department
And got myself a steady job
And though she tried her best to help me
She could steal, but she could not rob

Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to Monday
Tuesday's on the phone to me, oh yeah

Golden Slumbers
(Paul McCartney)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
GEORGE 1969: 'Another very melodic tune of Paul's which is also quite nice.'

PAUL 1969: 'I was just playing the piano in Liverpool at my dad's house, and my sister Ruth's piano book… she was learning piano… and 'Golden Slumbers and your old favorites' was up on the stand, you know – it was a little book with all those words in it.
I was just flipping through it and I came to 'Golden Slumbers.' I can't read music so I didn't know the tune… I can't remember the old tune… so I just started playing 'my' tune to it.
And then, I liked the words so I just kept that, you know, and then it fitted with another bit of song I had – which is the verse in between it.
So I just made that into a song.
It just happened 'cuz I was reading her book.'

Once, there was a way to get back homeward
Once, there was a way to get back home
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Once, there was a way to get back homeward
Once, there was a way to get back home
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Carry that Weight
(Paul McCartney)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
JOHN 1980: 'That's Paul.
Apparently he was under strain at that period.'

PAUL circa-1994: 'I'm generally quite upbeat, but at certain times things get to me so much that I just can't be upbeat anymore and that (the tensions leading to the break-up) was one of those times.
'Carry that weight a long time' – like forever! That's what I meant… in this heaviness there was no place to be.
It was serious, paranoid heaviness and it was just very uncomfortable.'

Boy, you're going to carry that weight,
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you're going to carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitations
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down

Boy, you're going to carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you're going to carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

The End
(Paul McCartney)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
JOHN 1980: 'That's Paul again, the unfinished song, right? Just a piece at the end.
He had a line in it, (sings) 'And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make,' which is a very cosmic, philosophical line – which again proves that if he wants to, he can think.'

PAUL 1988: 'Ringo would never do drum solos.
He hated drummers who did lengthy drum solos.
We all did.
And when he joined the Beatles we said, 'Ah, what about drum solos then?' and he said, 'I hate 'em!' We said, 'Great! We love you!' And so he would never do them.
But because of this medley I said, 'Well, a token solo?' and he really dug his heels in and didn't want to do it.
But after a little bit of gentle persuasion I said, '…it wouldn't be Buddy Rich gone mad,' because I think that's what he didn't want to do.
… anyway we came to this compromise, it was a kind of a solo.
I don't think he's done one since.'

Oh yeah, all right
Are you going to be in my dreams
Tonight?

[Drum solo]

[Guitar solos]

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love
You make

Her Majesty
(Paul McCartney)
(Officially – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
PAUL 1969: 'That was just… I don't know.
I was in Scotland, and I was just writing this little tune.
I can never tell, like, how tunes come out.
I just wrote it as a joke.'

Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl
But she doesn't have a lot to say
Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl
But she changes from day to day

I want to tell her that I love her a lot
But I gotta get a bellyful of wine
Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl
Someday I'm going to make her mine, oh yeah
Someday I'm going to make her mine

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