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The End

by

The Beatles



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The line "In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make" is essentially the Beatles closing statement. It is the last lyric on the last album they recorded. Let It Be was the last album they released, but it was recorded earlier.
This contains the only drum solo Ringo ever performed as a Beatle. He hates solos and had to be persuaded to do it.
Lennon, McCartney and Harrison took turns doing guitar solos. If you listen closely, you can hear how the styles change from one to the other. This is the only time in the Beatles' history that they traded riffs. (thanks, Matt - Lancaster, PA)
The phrase "Love You" is repeated 24 times.
This starts over the end of "Carry That Weight." It is the last song in a suite at the end of Abbey Road.
This ends with a 30 piece orchestra.
When Paul McCartney was on Saturday Night Live, he did the skit "Chris Farley's Talk Show," in which Chris was really nervous to be talking to a Beatle, and you can see it from his disheveled look, sweat, and stuttering. One funny part is when Chris asks, "Do you remember when you said 'in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make?'" To which Paul responds "yes" in such a serious, and slightly irritated, way that you can't help but laugh. (thanks, Natasha - Chico, CA)
According to Geoff Emerick who engineered the album, the guitar solos are in this order; Paul, George,and John. Paul wanted to go first and John wanted to go last. (thanks, Phil - New Britain, CT)
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Comments (98):

Michael, Indianapolis, IN - The phrase IS "Love You" but yes the song is called "The End". Do your research and stop making up facts!

Also yes Eric Clapton did not play on this song, and for those of you who want to believe the opposite, also do your research and stop making up facts! This song is also one of my favourite Beatles songs.
- cm, Vaughan, ON
According to Geoff Emerick, quite some time was spent to get different sounds from each guitar, and here's how it was done: first Paul on his Epiphone Casino with bridge pickup in mild overdrive, then George on his red Les Paul with both pickups on and a clean tone, and finally John on his Epiphone Casino into heavy distortion. Every player gets 2 bars and the whole thing repeats three times.
- Tom, Freiburg, Germany
McCartney (Mar. 24 2012) opened his Rotterdam show with Hello Goodbye and finished it (3 hrs later, no interval) with The End. As a Very Old Bloke, I've seen everyone who's anyone for the last 40-odd years, but this show probably beat all the others inc. Hendrix, Zep, Stones, Floyd etc.
- andy, The Hague, Netherlands
To Perry from Portsmouth, NH: Clapton was actually asked about John's comment involving him joining The Beatles in an interview. Eric laughed and said he'd actually heard about it and did think about it, so he probably wasn't above taking George's place simply because he was his friend. I mean, it didn't stop him from taking certain other important things from George...
- Michael, staten island, NY
oh wow! now I'm gonna alter my above earlier assesment - makes more sense that it would be John on the 11th and 12th bars - that would be in keeping with the form. What made me change my mind wat this video i just saw on youtube - awesome video and awesome playing (uploaded by jun626hyper) - he filmed himself playing all the parts (and magnificently) and gave us a video that clearly shows the 3 guitars and the parts - awesome! Here's a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvpUri87wkI&feature=related
- haven, wheatridge, CO
wow - what an interesting thread - i came here cuz i am currently reading the book "Here, There and Everywhere" by Beatles engineer, Geoff Emerickson - great book! And as some folks have mentioned in the thread Geoff does comment on the order of the solos - which as i read it i thought, "wow, never realized they traded riffs - i'll want to go back and hear that" - and so I did... and i quickly noticed that it's a little different than the short breakdown Geoff gives in the book - he pretty much just said they went in order of Paul first, George second and John third - and he also mentioned that they were 2 bars solos - well... as i listened i first noticed that its longer than that for the solos (18 bars total) - and so... here's my conclusion... and I should first say that I dont know for a fact, but this would be based on just using my ear - and it is interesting because as i listened in phones there seems to be no separation in terms of panning placement, but only in terms of the tonal separation and the style can we guess... here's what makes most sense to me ... Paul (2 bars), George (2 bars), John (2 bars) , Paul (2 bars), George (4 bars - first higher on the neck and then lower) , Paul (another 2 bars, Geeorge (2 bars) and John (final 2 bars). Again my assesment is based on the tones (eq) of the 3 different guitars and on the sytle (approach) of each - listen to it again with this in mind and let me know if it makes sense to you. Also, so amazing how each of them very often come in prior to the bar line - just such great rhythmic creativity - so bear that in mind too as you count the bars. I feel reasonably certain of tis assesment, but fact is... I dont actually know and would love to get the authoritive word - best person to give that would probably be Geoff, Paul or Ringo - hopefully one of them will stop by this forum one day and set us all straight! LOL
- haven, wheatridge, CO
The guitar solos go like this:
paul, george, john, george, paul, john, paul, george, john.
Paul does the lower sounding guitar, George gets the higher sound, and John gets the distorted sound. It's fairly easy to tell the difference between players and who's who in the repetitions, but knowing each Beatle, it makes sense that they would each play the way they did.

It's such an amazing song, especially considering all 4 Beatles had a solo.
- Cory, Ocean, NJ
I've always heard the final chant as "Love You" and Paul in concerts and recorded live versions of this song, after a string of "love you, love you" often exclaims "we really...". So can't really see him singing "we really... the end".
- dulchinea, Chicago, IL
and whats all this about rippng off 'whos next' when it wasnt even released until more than a year later??
- Bill, Oswego, IL
sorry if i havent read all these comments but i was 20 years old when this album was released and i remember that: ringo was incapable of performing this drum solo and that it was actually performed by either mccartney and lennon or (more probably) by ginger baker (from cream) and that the guitar solo was actually performed by a combo of lennon harrison mccartney and clapton. i cant see how the string bend from the latter part can be mistaken from anyone else.
- Bill, Oswego, IL
Hello?! The phrase is "The End" not "Love You" and it is repeated 24 times. Is everybody deaf? Please correct the obvious error.
- Michael, Indianapolis, IN
For one Paul was still a druggie.. He did get arrested for it many times.. They broke up because of the clash of amazing talents. And George got two songs an album. Paul was the last one to record his own album. The others already did, so he sealed the deal about them splitting.
- Frances, Topeka, KS
Jake, Quakertown, PA I sort of agree with you. George was also a factor in it, he was ready to leave the band because they didn't really apreciate his music and John was ready to replace him with Eric Clapton. Kind of sad when you think about it.
- Breanna, Henderson, NV
John Ritter has inscribed on his grave stone And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make

A tribute to the Beatles....
- tony, waldwick, NJ
This is not one of the world's greatest drum solos. Sure it's inspiring as an expression of Ringo's personality (ie. it's cute). But let's not get carried away.
- Simon, Melbourne, Australia
Wow,what a way to end the Beatles career,with a bang.This is proof that the beatles were getting better as musicians and expanding their abilities.This is a powerful piece of rock being played by all four of them.When they were together,it was magic.No other band could touch them.
- George, Belleville, NJ
all of the people who think that they broke up because of yoko ono are idoits. they broke up because john was still a hard drug hippy and paul was done with it all. also, paul getting to be a jerk and john higher than a kite didn't think it was cool. That is why the beatles broke up and a little yoko
- jake, quakertown, PA
Actually, Ringo did not perform a solo on this song. He actually had some accompaninent which was edited out later to make it appear like he actually had done a solo. Of course I got this from Wikipedia but it sounds plausible.
- Eric, AR
When Ringo recorded his solo he was following a track with guitars and bass that were muted in the mix, this was done because Ringo hates soloing, and I believe you can listen it in the Anthology Albums.
And Perry they never wanted to replaced George althought John once joked saying: Well now will have to call Hendrix, or something very alike.
- DnnZ, AQP, Peru
The notion that the "The END" solos are so distinctive as to easlily be able to identify each one is rubbish. The genious of the solos is that they integrate with each other seamlessly, as so many of the Beatles songs do. It is clear to the focused listener that there are different sounds (styles) going on from segment-to-segment, as Geoff Emerick intended. But, the integration is smooth, and like a matehmatical equation - which in the end - equals the whole. BTW, I hear no compelling style in these solos to make me suspect that eric Clapton is involved. While I love Eric's work and ability - I believe he would have over complicated the flow of the riffs...
- Lew, Lisbon, WI
Not to be picky or anything but "The End" is not the last song on 'Abbey Road'; that would be "Her Majesty" (a song, I feel, would have fit better on the end of side one.)
And according to 'The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions' by Mark Lewisohn (1988) the last song recorded by the Beatles was "I Me Mine"; which makes 'Let It Be' the last Beatles album to be finished (at least technically.)
- Michael, Kissimmee, FL
Ok..1st of all, Clapton did NOT play at all on Abbey Road and this is documented in several books. However, when George temporarily quit The Beatles on Jan 10, 1969 during the Get Back sessions, John wanted to replace him with Clapton. It never got to that point however as things were worked out with George. It is also highly unlikely that Clapton would have agreed to it, being a very good friend of George's at the time
- Perry, Portsmouth, NH
The last song ever recorded by The Beatles (while all were still alive)...and it just so happens to contain one of the most brilliant lyrics of all time in my opinion. "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make". How perfect is that? Bookend this with the very first song they recorded as The Beatles, "Love Me Do" and you have Love at the beginning and then end of this incredible group of musicians.
- Goofball Jones, Pepperland, Bangladesh
this song is 100% ROCK!!!!!!
- Nick, Seattle, Albania
best guitar solos i've ever heard. keep in mind that it was recorded live! no over dubs here. man i wish the recording of this song was on video!!! i'd love to see ringo soloing and then the 3 others ripping it up, with john on his big distorted casino haha. the fact that it was a pure solo, done in one take amazes me too. it just goes to show the beatles can tear up drums and guitars like nobody's business. this may be my favorite song. the perfect ending to the best band =)
- Michael, Gloucester, VA
I found this comment (wich I had read some time ago); it tells the story of the placement of "Her Majesty" after "The End" (it's taken from Wikipedia):

"The End" was initially intended to be the final track on Abbey Road, but it is followed by "Her Majesty". In the first practice mix of the medley, constructed on 30 July, "Her Majesty" followed "Mean Mr. Mustard" (on the released version of the album, "Her Majesty" begins with the excised final chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard"). According to sound engineer John Kurlander, McCartney said, "I don't like 'Her Majesty,' throw it away." Kurlander cut it out, but said, "I'd been told never to throw anything away, so after he left I picked it up off the floor, put about 20 seconds of red leader tape before it, and stuck it onto the end of the edit tape." When McCartney heard "Her Majesty" in its new position he liked it and decided that it should remain on the album.
- Sergio, Santiago, Chile
the only thing wrong with this song is the fact that it was their last. greatest ending to anything, ever! i also love that snl skit- its freaking hilarious.
- chloe, st. louis, MO
i'm trying to learn the solo on drums. you know, it's the only drum solo the beatles ever had
- Tay, San Diego, CA
Ok...I did an 'old trick' by loading the version from 'Abbey Road', utilizing what's known as 'phase cancellation' (tying common grounds to cancel out information mixed in the middle of the stereo spectrum) and I clearly hear the guys singing in the refrain, "The end, the end, etc." If your sound system has bare wires 'stabbing' in the rear of your receiver from your speakers, remove the common grounds, tie them together, wire them to a common light switch, then wire a separate single wire to the other side of the switch and stab that wire to the ground receptacle on the back of the receiver. Now when you turn the switch 'off', you'll have center information cancel out while hearing panned info. coming out (in mono, of course). To hear it 'normally', simply turn the switch to the 'on' position. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS USING THE HOTS (REDS), or you will fry your output transistors. If you're not sure what you are doing, have someone who knows do it for you! Those doing this for the first time will hear things they never heard before 'jump out' at them! Enjoy!
- Brad, Flint, MI
The song is in 4/4 time, with each of them taking a 2-bar solo in this order: Paul, George, and John. They each take a turn and repeat for a total of 3 solos each. Paul's is 'choppy', George's 'screams', while John's is heavily distorted. Although I haven't heard this, my guess is Paul answers the line "And in the end" with his guitar (as well as "The love you take"), but sounds like George doing the guitar line after "...you make" - I don't know, I could be wrong on this. The repeated chant they sing - I thought, anyway - was "The end, the end...etc." - I could be wrong here, too.
- Brad, Flint, MI
I totally agree John, Cranston, RI. There were many great bands, but I don't think I could describe the feeling I get when I listen to The Beatles. They were truly the greatest. George and John, rest in peace.
- Megan, Shineonyoucrazydiamonds, FL
Probably the only drum solo I actually like...
- Michael, Oxford, -
The End. A beautiful goodbye by the most beautiful musical band in the history of the world. I don't know who is the second greatest band in history. That can be debated, argued, discussed and disagreed upon but one thing is for sure and it's not even close. The Beatles are the GREATEST!
- John, Cranston, RI
I'm soooo grateful Ringo performed the drum solo. It made me start playing the drums :)
- Isabel, Hamburg, Germany
In the early nineties, when Dana Carvey was on SNL, he used to do a Church Lady skit, and in one of those skits, with Danny Devito as guest, the church lady takes to the drums and belts out the drum solo from the end.

The best part of the Chris Farley-McCartney skit was: after Paul says "yes", Farley asks him "well, is that really true?", and forces Paul to give an explaination.
- Praveen, Fremont, CA
The End... told by Geoff Emerick, the studio engineer:
There were quite a few empty bars to fill after Ringo's drum solo on The End [Abbey Road] and George Harrison said,
-Well, a guitar solo is the obvious thing.
-Yes, but this time you should let me play it, said John, half seriously. He loved playing lead guitar, but he knew he didn't have the finesse of either George or Paul, so he rarely took a solo on record. I know, he said mischievously, unwilling to let the idea go, why don't we all play the solo? We can take turns and trade licks.
George looked dubious, but Paul embraced the idea, and he upped the ante further by suggesting the three of them play their solos live. Paul announced that he wanted to take the first solo, and as it was his song, the others deferred. Ever competitive, John said he had a great idea for an ending. So, as always, poor George was overshadowed by his two band mates, and got the middle spot by default.
While they were practicing, I took great care to craft a different, distinctive sound for each Beatle, so it would be apparent to the listener that it was three individuals playing, and not just one person taking an extended solo. They were each playing a different guitar through a different amp, so it wasn't all that difficult to achieve. I lined the three amps in a row there was no need for a great deal of separation, because they were all going to be recorded on a single track. Incredibly, after just a brief period of rehearsal, they nailed it in a single take. For me, that session was undoubtedly the high point of the summer of 1969, and listening to those guitar solos never fails to bring a smile to my face.
- horacio, buenos aires, Argentina
I love THE END by The Beatles because its on one of my favorite albums (if not my favorite), it rocks hard and it a pretty song.
- Andrew, Bartlett, TN
What a track! Briliant drumming superb guitar solos and a cracker of a line to finish! The Beatles music will live forever!
- Jason, Neath, Wales
I finally found out the order of the guitar parts in this song. I have wondered for years who played what. Paul is actually a very good lead guitarist. He began by playing the guitar in the Beatles then switched to bass just before they became famous. Paul also plays the lead guitar in Taxman to name just one of the other songs where he does this.
- bert, cleveland, OH
Actually, Paul recorded a full version of "Her Majesty" during the sessions, but decided against putting in on the album. When doing an early mix down on the album, engineer Geoff Emerick editied a small bit of it on the end, as a joke for Paul's benefit, but when Paul heard it he said "Great! Leave it in."
- Ken, Louisville, KY
The drum solo is featured in the opening of the Beatles' "Love" Cirque du Solei show and album, right after the famous guitar/piano opening chord of Hard Days Night. The story is that Giles Martin (George's son) was very impressed when he heard it while going through Beatles tracks looking for material for the "mash-up".
- Ken, Louisville, KY
GREAT DRUM SOLO!
LOVE YA RINGO!
- Bianca Sanchez, Alburquerque, NM
I love the line "And in The End the Love you take is equal to the Love.......You make"
I think it's absatootly gorgeos
- Bianca Sanchez, Alburquerque, NM
Her Majesty is not a stupid little track its a very good track but i gotta admit it why wasn't it at the beging instead?
- Bianca Sanchez, Alburquerque, NM
This could be wrong, but I read somewhere that after The End, realizing this would be the very last song as The Beatles, John and Paul did not want to end it on a such a serious, and somewhat depressing note. So they just added Her Majesty as a stupid little track to brighten up the end of the album.
- JJ, Brooklyn, NY
I love the drum solo, it's Ringo's only one ever. He should have done more, he was a good drummer.
- Mary, London
I haven't that bass guitar at the ending of the song without the orchestra, huh?
- Daniel Celano, Philadelphia, PA
To Robb from Hamburg, they take turns, going George, Paul, John. I deeply apologize if this is incorrect, but I knew this from a while back, and am all but 100% sure that its correct.
- Tristan, Philadelphia, PA
Great guitar work, I love the solos when John, George and Paul start going at in with their guitars, taking turns, one of few songs where Paul plays out on guitar, great stuff.
- Tristan, Philadelphia, PA
Did anyone notice that the drum solo also sounds a lot like keith moons drum solo towards end of Wont Get Fooled Again? (right before the scream)
- kevin, hamilton, NJ
i always liked this theory; the guitar solos were by clapton, page and hendrix with paul on the piano at the finish.
- mike, victoria, Canada
"And in the end the love you make is equal to the love you make"...the first time I heard these words I was 12 years old. Back then I never understood why my parents were so into The Beatles, but when I listened to the message in those words I was blown away. So many selfish people keep doing things for only themselves trying to feel true happiness when all they had to do is love. Many fans like the Beatles because of their musical talent or Beatlemania, but I will always love them because they knew exactly what we needed to hear.
- Page, London, Canada
Ringo does a KILLER drum solo! This is a fun song!
- Krista, Elyria, OH
who plays the guitar solo after the final lyrics?
- Josh, Marshfield, MA
Sorry, Bryan (from Austin, TX) - But "Her Majesty" did appear on the original Apple Records vinyl release. As a very impatient Beatle fan, I purchased the British import version the very day it became available in the U.S. - (the American version had yet another week or so to hit the stores). It was, however, banned from airplay in the U.K. at the time.
- Jim, Canoga Park, CA
These Last 3 Mini-Songs are ausome and are a perfect example of why albums shouldn't be split up by downloading or anyhing like that. You need the entire Abbey Road album to have these last songs work. I think Her Majesty was just simply a bonus track to suprise people because it's not mentioned on the album sleeve at all. It would be better if this was the last song, but what are you gonna do. Anyways this song rocks and I think is one of their best numbers.
- Joe, Palos Heights, IL
A three way guitar solo with an orchestra ending with one of all time classic lyrics in rock music another great hybrid song by the Beatles.
Sal, Bardonia, NY
- sal, bardonia , NY
The Beastie Boys sampled the main riff on the Sounds of Science off Pauls Boutique, it fits in perfectly
- John, Cape Coral, FL
This is the great finale to the album (though Her Majesty is the official end of the album, this really closes up the Beatles career, closing the 60's, a decade the shaped music forever). Paul plays great lead (if infact he does), and I like the little drum solo from Ringo. Every time I hear those last words "And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love, you make", a sense of sadness and yet some joy comes to me. Like, just the perfect way to end off a 7-8 year career. Phenomenal!
- Cameron, Bainsville, Canada
?The End?... told by Geoff Emerick, the studio engineer:

There were quite a few empty bars to fill after Ringo?s drum solo on ?The End? [Abbey Road], and George Harrison said, ?Well, a guitar solo is the obvious thing.?

?Yes, but this time you should let me play it,? said John, half seriously. He loved playing lead guitar, but he knew he didn?t have the finesse of either George or Paul, so he rarely took a solo on record.

?I know,? he said mischievously, unwilling to let the idea go, ?why don?t we all play the solo? We can take turns and trade licks.?

George looked dubious, but Paul embraced the idea, and he upped the ante further by suggesting the three of them play their solos live. Paul announced that he wanted to take the first solo, and as it was his song, the others deferred. Ever competitive, John said he had a great idea for an ending. So, as always, poor George was overshadowed by his two band mates, and got the middle spot by default.

While they were practicing, I took great care to craft a different, distinctive sound for each Beatle, so it would be apparent to

the listener that it was three individuals playing, and not just one person taking an extended solo. They were each playing a different guitar through a different amp, so it wasn?t all that difficult to achieve. I lined the three amps in a rowâ??there was no need for a great deal of separation, because they were all going to be recorded on a single track.

Incredibly, after just a brief period of rehearsal, they nailed it in a single take.

For me, that session was undoubtedly the high point of the summer of 1969, and listening to those guitar solos never fails to bring a smile to my face.
- horacio, buenos aires, Argentina
my take on the order of the guitar solos is this: first george, then paul, john, paul, george, john, paul, george, and the last one's john.
- judd, somewhere in, NY
This is the perfect way to end the the perfect album by the perfect band. Clapton does not play on this song, it is just Harrison, Lennon and McCartney. I'm not sure the order but i know John's playing is the more raw, aggressive playing. The drum solo is terrific because Ringo stays in time throughout it.
- Paul, Cumberland, RI
Oh, I hear it now. At first it sounded like, "burn it, burn it". But it does say "love you, love you" . Kind of hard to tell though...
- Mauricio, Hanford, CA
Where does it say "Love You"?
- Mauricio, Hanford, CA
On the order of the solos, I heard it was Paul first, followed by George, followed by John with the heavy sounding guitar.
- Steve, Fenton, MO
Does anyone know who plays which parts to the solos?
- Robb, Hamburg, NY
The solos on in this song are awesome. What else can I say?
- lauren, some place, DE
The only Beatles song on which Eric Clapton played was when he did the guitar solo on While My Guitar Gently weeps.
- Mike, Germantown, MD
I hear conflicting reports on the "order" of the guitar solo at the end. Does anyone have the correct order? I always thought it was Paul, then John, then George, repeated 3 times.
- Chris, Claremont, NH
No, Eric Clapton does not play on this song. Not even close
- Robb, Hamburg, NY
Ringo's whole entire drumming ability can be summed up in this song. It is a good song, good ending lyrics, very philosophical - Vastly different, comparing to the love-sick-puppy-love early songs the Beatles sang in the early 60s (which were still good anyway).There are some bands that produce songs that you can like, and songs that you cant like. But there are other bands who you could like every single song of theirs, just because its by them (and because they are all so just damn good) - that's the Beatles for me.
- Adalia, Brisbane, Australia
"and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." I never perceived that to be making love in the sexual sense, but in the spiritual sense. In other words at the end of your life, the amount of love you leave this earth with, or take with you, is in direct proportion to the love you were capable of having with other people who had the capacity to love. It sounds like a mouthful, but think about it,it is a very simple concept. The simplicity of it seems to "stump" so many people on this planet.
- lee, clearwater, FL
This is one of my favorite songs, and Abbey Road is my favorite album by the Beatles. It is a great ending to the medley and a great ending to the Beatles as well.
- Ryan, Lakewood, OH
I love the drum solo! Its really good.
- Luna, London, England
i like the solos
- Derrick, cincinnati, OH
Clapton does not exist on this record!!!!!!!!
- Paula-Mersey, TÃ?mperley, Argentina
Her Majesty is not on the Apple Records Vinyl release. It was only released in the US.
- Bryan, Austin, TX
The drum solo on the song rocks! I can't believe thare are people who think that Ringo isn't a great drummer1
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
This song is cool because the first beatles song was "Love Me Do," which is about meaningless teenage "love." There last song was "The End," which is a very profound statement of the complicated idea of true love.
- Jack, St. Paul, MN
This song is great. I think clapton does solo in it it sounds like his guitar style!!!
- spencer, port alberni, Canada
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it wasn't really necessary, was it? i guess it's odd at leat from a publishing or legal standpoint. maybe he played for free!

L'Angelo Mysterioso was given credit on Badge, but there was nothing about him performing courtesy of apple records or anything. everyone knows it was harrison.
- william, phoenix, AZ
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clapton played all over the place on the white album and abbey road. and on the end specifically. eric,george and paul could all mimick each other. john stands out with that big
casino gibson or whatever he was playing.
- william, phoenix, AZ
< - William, perth, Australia>>
no. it was all rubbish of course, but the 28IF
plate on the car on the cover of abbey road is when he 'Died' at 27. anyway, I KNOW clapton
played on this song.
- william, phoenix, AZ
Eric Clapton did not perform on this recording.
- Mike, New Point, VA
I am on the fence about whether Clapton played during the trading of solos. Paul McCartney certainly plays a convincing solo on the Back in the USA Tour DVD on this song.
- Tim, Charlotte, NC
i listen to this song in the morning and it makes me want to get up and run around
- maggie, Austin, TX
Actually "Love you" Is repeated 36 times. I counted the times they say it. "And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make" counts. it's easy.
- Scott Baldwin, Edmonton, Canada
In theory, it is not Lennon, McCartney and Harrison trading riffs at the beginning, yet John Lennon, George Harrison and Eric Clapton, who also apprently plays lead guitar on some of the other tracks on this CD. If you listen to this track, take note of the distincive styles of these three musicans, which rotate in the order of Harrison, Clapton then Lennon. According to legend, there was a lengthy jam session where these three kept going for at least twenty minutes. One mystery is Clapton's lack of recognition in the album sleeve if he did perform on this album. Don't judge these theories too heavily, for they may not be stable and I am still trying to find if they are completely true.
- Alexander, Pinckneyville, United States
Best. Band. Ever. The Beatles aren't even my favorite band, but they are close. Regardless, they are the kings of rock, and always will be. Call it great timing: they came around when the moment was there and they seized it. There are so many layers to listening to their albums, so many songs to know and know better, and then know better. And they did it all in less than a decade. That is insane. Four geniusus that met at the right time.
- Jared Weinberger, New York, NY
Ringo actually said that he was imitating that Iron butterfly drum solo. He and Paul went to go see a performance by Iron Butterfly in 1971 and after the show ringo told the drummer that he was heavily influenced by that solo
- Robb, Hamburg, NY
love you is repeated 34 times, isnt that how old paul mccartney was when he supposedly died?
- William, perth, Australia
The drum solo sounds exactly like something out of Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly.
- Josh, Los Altos, CA
great song, i'll have to try to program it as kay says in between mustard and pam, ya, "the end" should have been the end. Her majesty throws u for a loop.
- Natasha, Chico, CA
greate song and should have been the last on abbey road. ;)
- Scott Baldwin, Edmonton, Canada
The idea to take turns doing solos was ingenius and it sounds incredible! Hell of a way to close their last album (if you don't count "Her Majesty" which was put in by mistake anyway).
- Adrian, Wilmington, DE
This was actually supposed to be the last track on Abbey Road. "Her Majesty" was recorded in between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam," which explains the fact that the two songs don't fit together too well musically, and that "Her Majesty" starts and ends so abruptly. If you program your CD player and put it between the other two songs, it fits perfectly.
- Kay, Wakefield, MA
People use to name themselves after there fathers a long long time ago. For example: Harrison - son of Harry, Johnson - son of John, Peterson - son of Peter. There is no "hidden meaning".
- L, Los Angeles, CA
Harrison is like "harry son" maybe there is a hidden meaning....huhu
- Patrick, Durham, NC
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