The Beatles -- ‘We Can Work It Out’

We Can Work It Out (2.15)

Paul McCartney: Double-tracked lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Harmony vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonium; George Harrison: Harmony vocal; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine;

This seemingly simple song took them over eleven hours to make, which was by far the longest that they’d spent on a single song up until that point. “Paul did the first half, and I did the middle-eight,” said John. “You’ve got Paul writing real optimistic, you know, and me, impatient… ‘Life is very short and there’s no time for fussin’ and fightin’.”

Paul’s “optimistic” section was actually written because his missus Jane Asher had decided to move to Bristol to pursue her acting career, and he wasn’t very happy about it. You can witness the decline in their relationship through his songs. It starts off with ‘And I Love Her’, then ‘We Can Work It Out’ as the rot sets in, then finally ‘You Won’t See Me’ and ‘I’m Looking Through …

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