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Two Of Us

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:

Two of Us” is a 1969 song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney).

Two of Us” was originally released on Let It Be and was later released on Anthology 3 and Let It Be… Naked. Its title was used for a film Two of Us, which depicted a fictionalised version of a 1976 reunion between McCartney and Lennon.

History

The song was originally titled “On Our Way Home“. McCartney claimed it was dedicated to his wife-to-be Linda Eastman, though the lyrics (e.g.: “you and I have memories/longer than the road that stretches out ahead” or “you and me chasing paper/getting nowhere“) sounded to author Ian MacDonald like they were actually addressing Lennon.

An early performance of the song, in a guitar-driven rock style, can be seen in the Let It Be film. Unsatisfied with this style, which McCartney described as “chunky“, the band reworked the song around acoustic guitars. The Beatles performed a finished version of the song live at Apple Studios on 31 January 1969; this performance was included in both the Let It Be film and album. The clip was also broadcast on The Ed Sullivan Show on 1 March 1970 as the final appearance by the Beatles on the program.

In May 1969, McCartney produced a recording of the song using this title by the group Mortimer, a New York City trio that briefly recorded for Apple, but this recording was never released.

Paul McCartney in "Conversations With McCartney", by Paul Du Noyer:

All my songs, I often do that, so they can be taken more than one way. Even though I was married and in love with Linda, I’ve never written a song, [improvises] ‘Me and Linda, going out driving…’ It’s awkward, I don’t think it works. So I’d be happier to go ‘two of us,’ and it becomes a bit of a mystery: ‘Which two did you mean?’

Linda used to drive out of London and liked to try and get lost. I remember we went out west one day until we hit countryside, the buildings went away, we’d park up and go into the woods and fields. I’ve got photos that Linda took of me sitting on the car with my guitar, doing that song. So it was that idea of two of us going nowhere. I don’t know what ‘spending someone’s hard-earned pay’ is, it’s just a line, doesn’t particularly mean anything to me. Or ‘burning matches, lifting latches’, there weren’t any matches or latches. It was just, ‘two of us doing stuff’, you could call that song.

Because John and I sang it, obviously then the interpretation would be, ‘Oh, those are the two of us’. It was basically about me and Linda. But when I sang it with John, it becomes about me and John.

I like that. […] I love that reinterpretation that songs do. It’s magical.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] stereo 25 Mar 1970 (intro, 27 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.

“I dig a pygmy. . .Doris gets her oats”, recorded Jan 22 [21?], was edited onto the start on Jan 27.

Last updated on June 28, 2017

Lyrics

Two of us riding nowhere
Spending someone's
Hard earned pay
You and me Sunday driving
Not arriving
On our way back home
We're on our way home
We're on our way home
We're going home

Two of us sending postcards
Writing letters
On my wall
You and me burning matches
Lifting latches
On our way back home
We're on our way home
We're on our way home
We're going home

You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

Two of us wearing raincoats
Standing so low
In the sun
You and me chasing paper
Getting nowhere
On our way back home
We're on our way home
We're on our way home
We're going home

You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

Two of us wearing raincoats
Standing so low
In the sun
You and me chasing paper
Getting nowhere
On our way back home
We're on our way home
We're on our way home
We're going home

Officially appears on


Let It Be

Official album • Released in 1970

3:37 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals, Whistling
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals, Whistling
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Phil Spector:
Producer
Glyn Johns:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 31, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Session Overdubs:
Jan 21, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

Session Mixing:
Mar 25, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 4, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Mar 27, 1970
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 4, Abbey Road


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

3:27 • OuttakeB • Stereo • Written by Paul and sung as a duet with John, Two Of Us captures the essence of the Get Back sessions: performed live - and carrying on despite intermittent feedback - the Beatles were both routining and recording at the same time, honing each song with constant re-playing. Here, the proximity of the two men at the microphone prompted Paul's "Take it, Phil" encouragement to John, a reference to the Everly Brothers who performed in a similar manner.

Glyn Johns:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 24, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Let It Be... Naked

Official album • Released in 2003

3:21 • Studio versionA1 • A remix of the original album version recorded on 31 January 1969; framing dialogue removed; minor error in Lennon's acoustic guitar performance digitally corrected.

Bootlegs




Wonderful Christmas Tracks

Unofficial live

3:20 • Live


Complete Acetate Collection 1961-1970

Unofficial album

3:26 • Studio version


Complete Acetate Collection 1961-1970

Unofficial album

3:57 • Studio version


Live performances

“Two Of Us” has been played in 23 concerts and 5 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Two Of Us” has been played








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