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Two of Us (The Beatles song)

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"Two of Us" is a 1969 song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, although, in his 1980 Playboy interview, John Lennon apparently claimed to have written it. Regardless, 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.

"Two of Us" was originally released on Let It Be and was later released on Anthology 3 and Let It Be… Naked.

Production

Overview

"Two of Us" originally began as a rocker with a strong "Peggy Sue" drum beat. In the Let It Be film, McCartney and Lennon sing the song "rocker" style into the same mic. The song lost its rock leanings as Paul worked out the composition over January 1969, and it became a more introspective song. 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.

Instrumentation

Acoustic guitars are the primary instruments in the song, though it also features a bass line played by George Harrison on his rosewood Telecaster with the tone 'rolled up'. Ringo Starr added a lighter drum beat, with a bass drum shot on each beat and snare linking the verses to the bridge.

Intro

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.

Writing credit

In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Lennon apparently claimed he wrote the song, 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...

Credits

  • John Lennon: harmony vocal, acoustic guitar and whistling.
  • Paul McCartney: lead vocal, acoustic guitar and whistling.
  • George Harrison: electric guitar.
  • Ringo Starr: drums

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