The Beatles Song Of The Day- Why Don’t We Do It In The Road

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The Beatles Song of the Day is Why Don’t We Do It In The Road. It is on side 2 of The White Album and was written by Paul McCartney. John and George were working in the studio on a couple songs and Paul and Ringo went into another studio at Abbey Road and did this one. I read years ago in an interview where John said “That was one of Paul’s best” and I thought he couldn’t have been serious- but I think he was. He was also very bitter that Paul did it without him- John had no part at all in the recording.  John also may have been a little jealous. This is the type of song you would expect John to write not Paul- Paul was kind of invading John’s territory. The song was written as a lot of The White Album songs were- in India when they were on the retreat with the Maharishi in Rishikesh. Paul was in a bus going down the road and out in the middle of the street there were two monkeys going at it. That was the inspiration for the song. This isn’t something that would have made the cut if The White Album had been just a single album but with the double album- an interesting little number- the highlight Paul’s singing. One of the final recordings for The White Album. Paul McCartney: vocals, thumped acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, bass and handclaps. Ringo Starr: drums, handclaps. Produced by George Martin.

  • Ranking ** 1/2 stars out of 5 stars.
  • length of song: 1:42
  • Recorded on October 9, 10th , 1968
  • Never released as a single.
  • Critic Bill Wyman ranked it #136 out of 213- none of the others ranked it in their top 100 Beatles songs.
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it, do it in the road?
Why don’t we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don’t we do it in the road?

 

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6 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day- Why Don’t We Do It In The Road

    • I read one of the many Beatle books that it was Paul’s commentary on playing live again…he was frustrated because they didn’t want to play live so why not do it in the road… I don’t agree with that interpretation.

    • I think that interpretation was…a reach. But sometimes so much has been written and said someone feels they need to come up with another angle on a song I guess. I think Paul’s explanation makes sense.

    • Paul’s makes complete sense. If it would have been during the Let It Be sessions…it would have been easier to swallow.

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