Two of Us (song)

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"Two of Us"
Two of Us - The Beatles.jpg
The 1996 US jukebox single release of the song, as the B-side to "Across the Universe"
Song by the Beatles from the album Let It Be
Released8 May 1970 (1970-05-08)
Recorded31 January 1969, Apple Studios
GenreFolk rock
Length3:33
LabelApple
WriterLennon–McCartney
ProducerPhil Spector/George Martin
Let It Be track listing
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This article is about the Beatles song. For other songs with similar titles, see Two of Us (disambiguation).
"Two of Us"
Two of Us - The Beatles.jpg
The 1996 US jukebox single release of the song, as the B-side to "Across the Universe"
Song by the Beatles from the album Let It Be
Released8 May 1970 (1970-05-08)
Recorded31 January 1969, Apple Studios
GenreFolk rock
Length3:33
LabelApple
WriterLennon–McCartney
ProducerPhil Spector/George Martin
Let It Be track listing
Music sample
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"Two of Us" is a 1969 song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney[1][2] (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 about a fictionalized 1976 reunion between McCartney and Lennon.[3]

History[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ MacDonald 2003, p. 335.
  2. ^ "Lennon-McCartney: Who Wrote What?". Beatlefan.Net. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Erickson 2010.
  4. ^ MacDonald 2003, p. 335; he quotes the actual lines from the lyrics..
  5. ^ Dowdling 1989, p. 257.

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