We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
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"We Can Work It Out" - The Beatles (1965)
Recorded in October 1965,McCartney says he wrote "We Can Work It Out" with a county and western up-tempo in mind.
Ray Davies of the Kinks said in 2001 that Harrison told him he suggested to put the middle into waltz time- like a german waltz. The Beatles spent 11 hours in the studio to create this record- the longest amount of studio time they had devoted to any song until that point.
"The lyrics might have been personal. It is often a good way to talk to someone or to work out your thoughts. It saves you going to the psychiastrist, you allow yourself to say what you might not say in person.”
“As collabroates, their idiosyncraasies appear explicity in dialogues like this song, a song about a lovers’ quarrel that turns out to be an argument in itself.”
“You’ve got Paul writing ‘we can work it out,’ real optimistic, you know, and me, impatient, ‘Life is very short and there’s no time for fussing. . .’”
It’s the details that are telling as Paul’s verses are hopeful and have a steady backbeat. Lennon’s bridge is in minor, the sentiment is frustrated, and the rhythm jumps into double time. Where Paul is laid back, Lennon is impatient; where Paul is cheerful, Lennon is doubtful.
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