Song facts: I Me Mine

On January 3rd 1970, the Beatles recorded George Harrison's I Me Mine. This was one of the last songs the band recorded together before the breakup. 

George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr met at Abbey Road to record the song, working from 2:30pm till after midnight. John Lennon was on holidays in Denmark with Yoko Ono and doesn't appear on the track.

The group recorded 16 takes of I Me Mine, deeming the last take to be the best. Right before take 15 Harrison can be heard reading a mock press statement relating to the fact that John Lennon was absent from the recording. You can hear this take on disc two of the Beatles' Anthology 3 album. Later work (finishing the track) was carried out on the 1st and 2nd of April.

George Harrison during the recording of Let It Be, 1969. 

George Harrison during the recording of Let It Be, 1969. 

"You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Tich and I would just like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two." - George Harrison
"Having LSD was like someone catapulting me out into space. The LSD experience was the biggest experience that I'd had up until that time...
Suddenly I looked around and everything I could see was relative to my ego, like 'that's my piece of paper' and 'that's my flannel' or 'give it to me' or 'I am'. It drove me crackers, I hated everything about my ego, it was a flash of everything false and impermanent, which I disliked. But later, I learned from it, to realise that there is somebody else in here apart from old blabbermouth. Who am 'I' became the order of the day. Anyway, that's what came out of it, I Me Mine. The truth within us has to be realised. When you realise that, everything else that you see and do and touch and smell isn't real, then you may know what reality is, and can answer the question 'Who am I?' - George Harrison

Release

George Harrison during the recording of Let It Be, 1969.

George Harrison during the recording of Let It Be, 1969.

I Me Mine was released on the Beatles' Let It Be album on May 8th 1970. But the version released on that album had further changes made to it by producer Phil Spector, who copied the chorus in the middle of the song and repeated it at the end. Spector also added a string and brass accompaniment.

In 2003 the Beatles released Let It Be... Naked. This album features the same version of I Me Mine that appears on Let It Be, retaining the repeated chorus at the end, but leaving out Spector's brass and string arrangements.

Personnel

  • George Harrison – lead and harmony vocal, acoustic guitar, lead guitar
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocal, bass, Hammond organ, electric piano
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • George Martin – producer
  • Phil Spector – producer
  • Phil MacDonald – engineer
  • Peter Bown – engineer
  • Uncredited – 18 violins, four violas, four cellos, harp, three trumpets, three trombones