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Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Let It Be Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Dig a Pony” is a song by the Beatles, originally released on their 1970 album Let It Be. “Dig a Pony” was the penultimate song played at the concert on the rooftop of Apple Studios in Savile Row, London on 30 January 1969.

Composition

John Lennon was the song’s composer and singer but the song was credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was originally called “All I Want Is You“. Lennon would later comment that he thought the song was “a piece of garbage,” though he had shown similar scorn for many of his songs. It was written for his soon-to-be wife Yoko Ono, and featured a multitude of strange, seemingly nonsense phrases which were strung together in what Lennon refers to as a Bob Dylan style of lyric.

Early American pressings of Let It Be mistitled this song as “I Dig a Pony.

Recording

The song was one of the songs on Let It Be that was recorded at the rooftop concert, with an assistant holding up Lennon’s lyrics for him as a cue. It begins with a false start, with Ringo Starr yelling “Hold it!” to halt the other band members because he was blowing his nose and had only one drum stick in his hand. On the Anthology 3 version of this song, the first verse and the end of the song start off with Paul McCartney singing “All I want is…” This phrase appeared in every performance of the song but was cut from the final version by Phil Spector, and subsequently cut from the Let It Be… Naked version.

In rehearsals and takes, the last variation on “dig a pony” was “dog a boney,” perhaps a reference to “This Old Man“. This is the lyric that appears on Glyn Johns’ assembly of Get Back. On the Anthology version, Lennon sang the spoonerism “bog a doney.” During the rooftop concert, Lennon substituted what sounds like “rode a lorry,” and this is the version that appears on both the Let It Be album and Let It Be… Naked.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] stereo 23 Mar 1970. edited.
    UK: Apple PXS 1 and PCS 7096 Let It Be 1970.
    US: Apple AR 34001 Let It Be 1970.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46447 2 Let It Be 1987.

The edit removed the line “All I want is you” at the beginning and end, for reasons unknown. (This song is called “I Dig a Pony” on US albums.)

Last updated on November 30, 2016

Lyrics

I dig a pony
Well, you can celebrate anything you want
Yes, you can celebrate anything you want
Oh!

I do a road hog
Well, you can penetrate any place you go
Yes, you can penetrate any place you go
I told you so

All I want is you
Everything has got to be just like you want it to
Because

I pick a moon dog
Well, you can radiate everything you are
Yes, you can radiate everything you are
Oh now!

I roll a stoney
Well, you can imitate everyone you know
Yes, you can imitate everyone you know
I told you so

All I want is you
Everything has got to be just like you want it to
Because

Oh now!
I feel the wind blow
Well, you can indicate everything you see
Yes, you can indicate anything you see
Oh now!

I, load a lorry
Well, you can syndicate any boat you row
Yeah, you can syndicate any boat you row
I told you so

All I want is you
Everything has got to be just like you want it to
Because

Officially appears on


Let It Be

Official album • Released in 1970

3:55 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Glyn Johns:
Engineer
Billy Preston:
Electric piano

Concert From "The rooftop concert" in London, United Kingdom on Jan 30, 1969

Session Mixing:
Mar 23, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 4, Abbey Road


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

4:18 • OuttakeB • Stereo • Also taped this day in Savile Row were several run-throughs of a new John Lennon song, Dig A Pony, one of which is presented here. The "all I want is" backing vocals at the start and end were always an integral part of the song but were mixed out during production of the album Let It Be. The performance is clearly an improvement over previous ones, according to the conversation at the end of the song, with John citing the name "Ricky and the Red Streaks", suggested by Paul around this time as a possible on-the-road pseudonym for the Beatles.

Glyn Johns:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 22, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Let It Be... Naked

Official album • Released in 2003

3:38 • Studio versionA1 • A remix of the original album version from the rooftop concert on 30 January 1969; framing dialogue and false start removed; error in second verse (the "because" in Lennon's vocal track) digitally corrected.

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Glyn Johns:
Engineer
Billy Preston:
Electric piano
Paul Hicks:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Guy Massey:
Mixing engineer, Producer
Steve Rooke:
Mastering
Allan Rouse:
Mixing engineer, Producer

Concert From "The rooftop concert" in London, United Kingdom on Jan 30, 1969

Bootlegs


Yellow Submarine Sessions

Unofficial album

3:56 • Outtake • 22.70 BBC Beatles Today Mono


Complete Acetate Collection 1961-1970

Unofficial album

4:07 • Studio version


Rehearsals at 3 Savile Row

Unofficial album

5:02 • Rehearsal


Rehearsals at 3 Savile Row

Unofficial album

3:49 • Rehearsal


Let It Be Sessions

Unofficial album

4:18 • Alternate take • 22.21 Anthology mix stereo


Live performances

“Dig A Pony” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Dig A Pony” has been played


The rooftop concert

Jan 30, 1969 • United Kingdom • London • The rooftop of the Apple building, 3 Savile Row


The rooftop concert

Jan 30, 1969 • United Kingdom • London • The rooftop of the Apple building, 3 Savile Row


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