The Beatles -- ‘One After 909’

One After 909 (2.55)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, lead guitar; Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Rhythm guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Electric piano: Billy Preston

This was first put to tape way back in 1963 at the same session as ‘From Me To You’, but it didn’t appear on record until ‘Let It Be’ came out in 1970. (You can hear that early version on ‘Anthology 1’.)

It was written it round Paul’s house in 1958, during their Quarrymen days.

Paul remembered writing it in ‘Many Years From Now’: “It was a number that we didn’t used to do much but it was one that we always liked doing, and we rediscovered it. It’s not a great song but it’s a great favourite of mine because it has memories for me of John and I trying to write a bluesy freight-train song. There were a lot of those around 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 …

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Take 3, 4 & 5 One After 909 (2.23)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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Take 4 & 5 One After 909 (2.56)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

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