Song facts: Two of Us
Two Of Us was written by Paul McCartney in 1969, and despite popular opinion that the song is an ode to his relationship with John Lennon, is actually about Paul's future wife Linda Eastman; although an argument could be made that some of the lyrics were dedicated to Lennon.
Originally titled On Our Way Home, the band had earlier recorded a guitar-driven rock version of the song which McCartney was dissatisfied with. They eventually reworked it with acoustic guitars until Paul was happy with the sound.
On January 31st 1969, The Beatles recorded Two Of Us for their forthcoming Let It Be album, with Lennon and McCartney sharing one microphone. Although they had worked on several takes earlier in the month, the recording on this day yielded the master.
During an earlier session, McCartney and Harrison had their infamous argument that was captured on film for the Let It Be documentary:
Paul: It's complicated now. We can get it simpler, and then complicate it where it needs complications.
George: It's not complicated.
Paul: This one is like, shall we play guitars through Hey Jude... well, I don't think we should.
George: OK, well I don't mind. I'll play, you know, whatever you want me to play, or I wont play at all if you don't want to me to play. Whatever it is that will please you, I'll do it.
This final take can be seen in the Let It Be documentary and was also broadcast on the Ed Sullivan Show; The Beatles' final appearance on the program. It features as the opening track on the band's Let It Be album, released on May 8th 1970.
A different take can also be found on Anthology 3, released in 1996.
- Paul McCartney – lead vocal, lead acoustic guitar (Martin D-28)
- John Lennon – harmony vocal, whistling, rhythm acoustic guitar (Martin D-28)
- George Harrison – bassline on electric guitar (Fender Telecaster)
- Ringo Starr – drums
"As a kid I loved getting lost. I would say to my father - let's get lost. But you could never seem to be able to get really lost. All signs would eventually lead back to New York or wherever we were staying!
Then, when I moved to England to be with Paul, we would put Martha in the back of the car and drive out of London. As soon as we were on the open road I'd say, 'Let's get lost' and we'd keep driving without looking at any signs. Hence the line in the song, 'Two of us going nowhere'.
Paul wrote Two Of Us on one of those days out. It's about us. We just pulled off in a wood somewhere and parked the car. I went off walking while Paul sat in the car and started writing. He also mentions the postcards because we used to send a lot of postcards to each other."- Linda McCartney