- For other uses, see Two of Us.
"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.
"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.
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
At the beginning of the recording Lennon
"'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
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...
- 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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