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Song facts: I Want You (She's So Heavy)

I Want You ( She's So Heavy) was written by John Lennon as a love song for Yoko Ono. It first surfaced in early 1969 during the Let It Be sessions; but wasn't worked on until The Beatles could team up with Billy Preston and engineer Glyn Johns.

Recording

On February 22nd 1969, The Beatles began recording John's new song at Trident Studios in Soho, London. On this day the band, accompanied by Billy Preston recorded 35 takes of the song. Takes 9, 20 and 32 were chosen as the best.

A new edit was made using these three takes the following day on February 23rd. The Beatles worked on the track on and off until August 20th 1969; on that day the band worked at Abbey Road Studios together for the very last time, as they finished off John's song for Abbey Road.

"A reviewer wrote of She's So Heavy: 'He seems to have lost his talent for lyrics, it's so simple and boring.' She's So Heavy was about Yoko. When it gets down to it, like she said, when you're drowning you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream. And in She's So Heavy I just sang 'I want you, I want you so bad, she's so heavy, I want you,' like that." - John Lennon
 "It's very heavy. John plays lead guitar and sings the same as he plays. It's really basically a bit like a blues. The riff that he sings and plays is really a very basic blues-type thing. But again, it's very original sort of John-type song." - George Harrison

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead and harmony vocals, multi-tracked lead guitar, Moog synthesizer
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocals, bass
  • George Harrison – harmony vocals, multi-tracked lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, congas, wind machine
  • Billy Preston – Hammond organ
George Harrison during an Abbey Road recording session, 1969. 

George Harrison during an Abbey Road recording session, 1969. 

Abbey Road 1969. 

Abbey Road 1969.