The Beatles -- ‘I Want You Shes So Heavy’

I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (7.44)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, lead guitar, organ, moog synthesiser; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Harmony vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

The master is an edit of two completely different takes. The first part ended at 4:37 and the second one dramatically cuts out at 7:44 – implying that the song could have run on forever, when, in actual fact, it would have run out just twenty seconds later. This dramatic effect sounds much better when listening to it on vinyl, because it brings a sudden end to side one. When you listen to it on CD it’s closely followed by ‘Here Comes The Sun’.

The final result got a bit of a roasting in the press, and the lyrics were proffered up as an example of the “banalities of modern pop”. John responded by calling it a piece of “minimalist art” and had plans to do a one-word pop song. Yoko had already written a one-word poem, called ‘Water’.

He talked about it in ‘Rolling …

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