Lennon, conversely, had recently divorced his first wife Cynthia and was estranged from their son Julian. Additionally, he was addicted to heroin, his then-girlfriend Yoko Ono had recently suffered a miscarriage, the pair had been arrested for cannabis possession, and his enthusiasm for being a Beatle was at an all-time low. More takes were recorded over the next two days. One version, from 23 January , was included on Anthology 3.
It was recorded on 30 January during the Beatles' rooftop concert. The song features Billy Preston on electric piano. A studio take of the song, recorded about a week earlier, was released on the Anthology 3 compilation in Naked includes a version of the song that is a composite edit of the rooftop concert take used on Let It Be and a second attempt at the song from the same concert. Lennon's song was a litany where every line started with the word "everybody". The song had been recorded twice before by Lennon, prior to the Let It Be sessions. The first occurred in early December at Lennon's Kenwood estate on a portable cassette tape. While McCartney's song was very optimistic, Lennon had actually endured a " hard year "—he divorced his first wife, Cynthia Lennon ; his girlfriend Yoko Ono had a miscarriage; he was battling a heroin addiction ; he was arrested for drug possession ; he was estranged from his son Julian ; and he had grown deeply unhappy in the Beatles.
I first heard of the Beatles when I was nine years old. I spent most of my holidays on Merseyside then, and a local girl gave me a bad publicity shot of them with their names scrawled on the back. The funny thing is that parents and all their friends from Liverpool were also curious and proud about this local group. Prior to that, the people in show business from the north of England had all been comedians. The Beatles even recorded for Parlophone, which was a comedy label, as if they believed they might be a passing novelty act.
It blends — via alternation and superimposition — two incomplete songs, one by Paul McCartney, one by Lennon. Both happened to have been written around the same period and based on the same two-chord motif built around a first-position A chord with the high A note fingered with the pinky. It is the last true collaboration by Lennon and McCartney. McCartney's share of the song, called "I've Got A Feeling" from the get-go, includes a verse, chorus and bridge and was inspired by his relationship with his soon-to-be-wife, Linda Eastman. Lennon provides alternate verses inspired by his personal upheavals of The gritty, hard-edged song, which McCartney still performs live today, benefits from McCartney's screaming vocals, creative, octave-infused bass line especially during Lennon's portion of the song and Harrison's tasteful bends and double stops during McCartney's raucous bridge. Although the version featured on Let It Be is the result of a single live take, Phil Spector edited together three mixes to come up with the final product. Guitar World. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Topics Ringo Starr.