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One After 909


The Beatles

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According to disc 2 of the 2003 release Let It Be... Naked, This is about a lady who tells her boyfriend that she is leaving on the train that leaves after train number 909. He begs her not to go, but she does anyway. He packs his bags and rushes after her and discovers that she is not on "the one after 909." He goes home depressed and goes into the wrong house. (thanks, Loretta - Liverpool, England)
John Lennon wrote this in 1959. It was one of his first songs. He penned the tune during a visit to his grandparents' three-bedroom terrace house at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, Liverpool. He had spent the first five years of his life living there with his parents and grandparents.
Part of The Beatles' early live repertoire, this ended up on their last album. The album was going to be titled "Get Back" and was supposed to be The Beatles getting back to their roots and playing live. It didn't work out that way, and by the time the album was released, The Beatles had broken up and "Let It Be" was chosen as the title. It was included on the album because The Beatles performed it twice in the movie Let It Be, including the impromptu concert on Apple Records' rooftop.
The Beatles recorded this in 1963, but did not get a take they liked. The version on Anthology 1 was pieced together from the 1963 takes. (thanks, Loretta - Liverpool, England)
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Comments (20):

A friend of mine has some outtake (bootleg ) versions of this song. In one of the takes George Harrison plays a rather lacklustre guitar solo & John in a rather disdainful voice says "What kind of solo do you call that then? John wasn't very happy.
- Roy, Slough, United Kingdom
It's a shame they didn't think the original version was any good. I think it's better than the Let It Be version.
- Tony, Moreno Valley, CA
Very good song. I love the keyboard part after they sing ,"move over once, move over twice."
- Billy, Nederland , TX
This song was used in the movie "Factory Girl".
- Jim, Long Beach, CA
I think this song is pretty catchy. I'm suprised it's not more popular.
- Megan, Shineonyoucrazydiamonds, FL
It was Paul's idea to include this song. He felt the album needed more "John" material, and John wasn't contributing much, having lost interest in the Beatles by this time. So he suggested they re-record "One After 909", their studio warm-up number. Paul also said he got a kick out of singing harmony with John on it, since it reminded him of the "old days".
- Ken, Louisville, KY
The song has uncreative and sometimes incoherent lyrics,isn't by all means crisp,but for some reason I LOVE IT
- John, Woburn, MA
This one really rocks. What I like best is George's quitar solo. Free and easy, and just the right licks.
- Jerry, Portland, OR
This was one of the first songs John wrote before the Beatles became famous. It almost didn't get recorded. I guess he dug it up because he didn't have enough new songs for the Get Back project. It's a very good song and would have been a shame if it had never been recorded.
- Steve, Fenton, MO
I love this one. It really rocks and they sound as if they are in a garage somewhere and having a good time playing it. One of my fav's
- Mike, Newark, ND
A nice rockin', backing to the early days. It's so good listening this, because they're playing as they played in the beginning, like teenagers.
Great song.
- George, Itaberaba, Brazil
Listen closely to begining of this song it sounds almost identical to the begining of Chuck Berry's song "I Wanna be Your Driver".
- Nathan, Defiance, OH
This is an indication that even as a teenager, John had a connection with the number "9". Besides this, he wrote two other "9" songs in his life ("Revoluntion #9" and "#9 Dream").
- Ken, Louisville, KY
Throughout their recording career, the Betles would "warm up" by doing a quick version of this song before a recording session was to begin.
- Ken, Louisville, KY
Yeah. I think i like the anthology version better too.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
i like the anthology one version as much or more than the let it be one.
- Loretta, Liverpool, England
was "let it be" really just produced from tapes of their rooftop concert, rehearsals, etc. as seen in the movie, or was some of it besides "i me mine" totally studio.

also, does anyone know where to find the movie, I'd love to see it!
- Loretta, Liverpool, England
This was also recorded in the early 60's by the Beatles but went unreleased and abandoned until it was re-recorded for Let It Be.
- Joe, West Creek, NJ
It's good to see the lads rocking it again in this song, just doing what they do best, rock out, without any psychedelic organs, oboes, strings or other strange influences
- Mike, London, England
This is the beatles rockin' to the music from their early days. It's good to watch the film and see them having so much doing this song.
- James Lo Cascio, Mahwah, NJ
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