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One After 909

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:

One After 909” (sometimes titled “The One After 909” in early recordings) is a song by the Beatles, written by John Lennon, with input from Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and originally released in 1970 on the album Let It Be. The album version is the live performance from the rooftop concert which took place on 30 January 1969. This performance is also included in the Let It Be film. The song was written no later than spring 1960 and perhaps as early as 1957, and is one of the first Lennon–McCartney compositions. “One After 909” is perhaps more reminiscent of early American rock ‘n’ roll than any of the other songs from the rooftop show, and as a joke for the rooftop chatter, Lennon sings a variant on the opening line of “Danny Boy” after the song is finished.

Origin

In his 1980 Playboy interview Lennon explained, “That was something I wrote when I was about seventeen. I lived at 9 Newcastle Road. I was born on the ninth of October, the ninth [sic] month. It’s just a number that follows me around, but, numerologically, apparently I’m a number six or a three or something, but it’s all part of nine.

McCartney said, “It’s not a great song but it’s a great favourite of mine because it has great memories for me of John and I trying to write a bluesy freight-train song. There were a lot of those songs 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 after it.

Different versions

On 5 March 1963, the Beatles recorded a version of the song in 5 takes during the same session that produced their third single, “From Me to You“, and its B-side “Thank You Girl“. They were unhappy with the result and that version was not released at the time. Various takes from the 5 March session, and an edit of them, were released in 1995 on the Anthology 1 compilation.

One After 909” is included on 2003’s Let It Be… Naked, a remixed and remastered version of the original 1969 session tapes.

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

It was a number we didn’t used to do much but it was one that we always liked doing, and we rediscovered it. There were a couple of tunes that we wondered why we never put out; either George Martin didn’t like them enough to or he favoured others. It’s not a great song but it’s a great favourite of mine.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] stereo 23 Mar 1970.
    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 talk at the end and a bit of A Londonderry Air (also called Danny Boy) belongs, as seen in the film Let It Be.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations (Anthology outtakes):

  • excerpts of takes 3, 4, 5[b] mono 1995. edited.
    CD: Apple CDP 8 34445 2 Anthology 1 1995.

    As edited and mixed for Anthology: Take 3 fades up, breaks down, and ends with the spoken words “want them” (as it also does on a bootleg of this day’s tapes). Take 4 fades up, breaks down, and ends with the words “wasn’t”, “it was”, and a guitar strum. Take 5 starts just after the “take 5” announcement (as heard on bootleg), with the words “it must be”, and strangely, the strum from the end of 4 is made to repeat over those words, merging the two to sound as if they ran continuously. Take 5 then fades out, ending the Anthology mix.

  • edit of takes 4 and 5[c] mono 1995. edited.
    CD: Apple CDP 8 34445 2 Anthology 1 1995.

    Take 4 to near the end of the solo, edited to take 5.

The first item listed above was compiled to show where the song broke down during two attempts at recording the whole song, and then shows the startup of a take that begins in mid-song and runs to the end. The second item fulfills the original plan by using that edit piece to make a complete version of the song.

This recording was listed for an album of unreleased tracks in 1981, appeared in the Abbey Road studios show in 1983, and was to be on Sessions in 1984. The Sessions edit made in 1984 cuts to take 5 at the start of the solo, while this edit uses take 4 for most of the solo. The song was first bootlegged in 1984 on File Under Beatles, where it appears in yet another edit. All these takes have been bootlegged in full in stereo.

Last updated on July 9, 2017

Lyrics

My baby says she's trav'ling on the one after 909
I said move over honey I'm travelling on that line
I said move over once, move over twice
Come on baby don't be cold as ice
I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 909

I begged her not to go and I begged her on my bended knees
You're only fooling around, you're fooling around with me
I said move over once, move over twice
Come on baby don't be cold as ice
I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 909

I got my bag, run to the station
Railman says you've got the the wrong location
I got my bag, run right home
Then I find I've got the number wrong

Well I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 909
I said move over honey I'm travelling on that line
I said move over once, move over twice
Come on baby don't be cold as ice
I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 909

I got my bag, run to the station
railman says you've got the the wrong location
I got my bag, run right home
Then I find I've got the number wrong

Well I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 909
I said move over honey I'm travelling on that line
I said move over once, move over twice
Come on baby don't be cold as ice
I said we're trav'ling on the one after 90
I said we're trav'ling on the one after 90
I said we're trav'ling on the one after 909

(Oh Danny Boy, the old summer is calling.)

Officially appears on


Let It Be

Official album • Released in 1970

2:54 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
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 1

Official album • Released in 1995

2:23 • OuttakeB • Sequence, takes 3, 4 and the beginning of take 5

George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 05, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

2:56 • OuttakeC • Complete, takes 4 and 5

George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 05, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Let It Be... Naked

Official album • Released in 2003

2:44 • Studio version • A remix of the original album version from the rooftop concert; impromptu rendition of "Danny Boy" removed.


Bootleg Recordings 1963

Official album • Released in 2013

4:29 • Outtake • Takes 1 & 2

Session Recording:
Mar 05, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Wonderful Christmas Tracks

Unofficial live

3:24 • Live


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 1

Unofficial album

2:59 • Studio version


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 1

Unofficial album

2:54 • Studio version


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 1

Unofficial album

2:42 • Studio version • various Takes


Complete Controlroom Monitor Mixes - Volume 2

Unofficial album

2:35 • Alternate take


Videos

Live performances

“One After 909” has been played in 19 concerts and 18 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “One After 909” has been played


"Under The Staircase" Spotify show

Jul 23, 2018 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios



Detroit • Joe Louis Arena

Oct 21, 2015 • Part of Out There Tour





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Chris Williams 8 months ago

Why is the bass line in take 2 of the 1963 recordings, especially in the bridge, so different than the "play the root note of the chord" bass in the other takes?