Song facts: For You Blue

For You Blue is a song written by George Harrison for Pattie Boyd, in 1969, and released on The Beatles' 12th and final album Let It Be in 1970. It was also issued as the B-side to The Long and Winding Road, which was a single issued in the US (and not England) on May 11th 1970.

In 1976 Capitol Records included the song on the compilation album The Best of George Harrison.

"It's a simple 12-bar song following all the normal 12-bar principles, except that it's happy-go-lucky!" - George Harrison

Recording

For You Blue is played in a country blues style, suggesting Harrison may have been influenced by his visit to Woodstock with Bob Dylan and The Band, in late 1968.

George sings lead vocal and plays acoustic guitar, with John Lennon on a lap steel guitar, using a shotgun shell for a slide; Paul contributes both piano and bass, while Ringo provides drums per usual.

The Beatles recorded the song in 6 takes, on January 25th 1969, under the working title George's Blues (Because You're Sweet And Lovely). Harrison later re-recorded a new vocal track for the song. 

Personnel

  • George Harrison – vocal, acoustic guitar
  • John Lennon – lap steel guitar
  • Paul McCartney – piano, bass
  • Ringo Starr – drums

Anthology 3 and Let It Be... Naked versions

Take one, from the January 25th sessions was released on Anthology 3 in 1996, and a new mix was created for Let It Be... Naked in 2003. 

George Harrison recording Let It Be, 1969.

George Harrison recording Let It Be, 1969.