The Beatles Song Of The Day- Get Back

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The Beatles Song of the Day is Get Back. Get Back was first released as an A-sided single- and later on The Beatles Let It Be album. The song was written by Paul McCartney. Get Back would become another #1 single for The Beatles staying at the top of the US charts for 5 weeks in the late spring of 1969 The song started out with Paul just having the line ” Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged” Nonsense words would be added over the next few weeks and it seemed like a song about nothing, which kind of appealed to them.  At that point in time emigration was a hot topic in the United Kingdom and Paul started writing a satire on the policies that Conservative MP Enoch Powell was pushing on emigration with the lyrics “Meanwhile back at home there’s 20 Pakistanis, living in a council flat Candidate for Labour tells them what plan is Then tells them where it’s at.”  but the song wasn’t going anywhere and that was all dropped. John and Ringo made some suggestions and then Paul came up with California grass and Tuscon, Arizona and then the song kind of took off. When bootlegs of the sessions surfaced some thought that The Beatles were taking up racist songs and telling them to ‘get back”  Paul would later say that the original lyrics were anti-racist. The music is rock and roll- the highlights being John’s guitar work and Billy Preston on the electric piano. Paul McCartney: vocal, bass: John Lennon: harmony vocal, lead guitar: George Harrison: rhythm guitar: Ringo Starr: drums: Billy Preston: electric piano: the single version produced by George Martin- the album version by Phil Spector.

  • rating Get Back ***** out of 5 stars- a classic.
  • Get Back with the b-side Don’t Let Me Down was released as a single and went to #1 for 5 weeks in the US. It also went to #1 in the UK and a dozen or so other countries.
  • length of song- 3:10 the single, 3:07 for the album version.
  • recorded on January 23, 27-28,30, 1969.
  • Spignesi and Lewis rank Get Back #88 in their top 100, Rolling Stone has it #41, critic Bill Wyman #105 out of 213 Beatles songs, The Beatles Channel Listeners poll #35 in their 100 but Jim Beviglia didn’t have it in his top 100.

 

Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
But he knew it wouldn’t last
Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona
For some California grass
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Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman
But she was another man
All the girls around her say she’s got it coming
But she gets it while she can
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