I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Album: Abbey Road (1969)
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  • This was the last song mixed for Abbey Road, and it was the last time all four Beatles were in the studio together. It was the result of two unfinished songs woven together. Before they broke up, The Beatles had a lot of partially completed songs, many of which ended up in their solo work.
  • John Lennon wrote this about Yoko Ono - the couple were married in March 1969, about six months before the Abbey Road album was released. Lennon was experimenting with a heavy blues sound, so the song has few lyrics and long stretches of repeated chords. "Every time I pick up the guitar I sing about Yoko and that's how I'm influenced," Lennon said at the time. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Taken on its own, the lyric is very basic, repeating just a few simple lines like:

    I want you so bad
    It's driving me mad

    This raises the question of whether John Lennon was writing with stunning efficiency or just out of ideas. "I think there are only about 13 words in it," Ken McNab, author of The Last Days of The Beatles, told Songfacts. "Does that mean he is lyrically bankrupt at this point, or has he said exactly what he wants to say in 13 words? There are always two sides to look at this kind of thing."

    Lennon offered his take when soon after Abbey Road was released, a news magazine show called 24 Hours read the lyrics out loud, taking a derisive tone. Lennon replied: "To me that's a damn sight better lyric than 'Walrus' or 'Eleanor Rigby' because its progression to me. And if I want to write songs with no words or one word... maybe that's Yoko's influence."
  • The rhythm was based on Mel Torme's song "Coming Home Baby."
  • With the exception of "Revolution 9," this was the longest Beatles song.
  • John Lennon sang this monofonic, as some of the troubadours sang in the Middle Ages: There is no chord behind the melody, but an instrument follows the singer's melody. The song ends with an orchestra arrangement, which was Lennon's idea, and is very much similar to the end of "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla" in "Das Rheingold" by Richard Wagner. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Johan Cavalli - a music historian in Stockholm
  • George Harrison played a Moog synthesizer on this track. It is one of the first uses of the instrument, which was custom-made for Harrison.
  • The guitars were overdubbed many times to get a layered sound.
  • This song contains an accidental background lyric. On stereo, play the song at 4:30 and listen very closely to the left speaker. In the bass break after John's scream, you can faintly hear someone say, "What was that about!?" presumably in response to the scream. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tommy - Alameda, CA

Comments: 117

  • Josh Roundabout from RoundaboutI love the white noise overtaking the music, it sounds like a storm coming in, a storm of passion, sweeping even the music, the coherent musical expression of desire away, like a force of nature.
  • Jeremy from New JerseyThis is one of the most hard-edged sounding Beatles songs due to its dark and heavy tone and atmosphere. Definitely one of my favorites.
  • Virginia Abreu De Paula from BrazilSo it is about Yoko. Gosh, John was crying for help then! "Driving me mad..." I always thought it was about drugs. And he wanted to get rid of it. So heavy....But if it is about Yoko then he wanted to get rid of her...and nobody understood. It is not a song by a man in love. It is about a man in despair. The lyrics make me thing it could be about two people. I want you...she is so heavy. She is not you! It doesn't matter what is it about, anyway. Amazing song that is part of a fantastic album. All instruments are fantastic. I love the drums and the bass is just ...perfection.
  • Rory from Ipswich Uk ‘I want you ‘ is John Lennon obsessing over Yoko... ‘She’s so heavy’ is Paul’s riposte, even if it is John’s voice.... the tension between them builds during the song, ominous dark chords with no possible resolution ... so the only way is to end it suddenly and finish with nothing beyond it. It’s a fantastic song that combines love, lust , anger, frustration, grief and humour. It sums up why they had to break up and how they felt about it.
  • Luke from London, UkSay what you want about Yoko, she inspired some great songs! Firstly, I love the lyrics, despite them only consisting of TWELVE words. I want you so bad, it's driving me mad, she's so heavy. No time for clever wordplay or imagery here, just a passionate declaration of love.

    Musically it's a tour de force, that still sounds super heavy nearly fifty years on. I love how it lapses into an almost Latino style beat on the solo and the last verse, it always makes me think of Santana. Paul's bass playing is on another level, I think Abbey Road showcases his finest work. Ringo shows why he's one of the best drummers in the world. Not showy, but clever, especially in the outro. Oh, the outro! After the spine-chilling 'Yeeeaah' The song just goes to another stratosphere. If you're gonna play the same riff over and over for three minutes, it had better be a damn good one! A genius song.
  • Andy from London, EnglandI love the abrupt end. It's like they take you on this long journey to the middle of nowhere and leave you there and for a few seconds you are thinking "what the hell, where am I?" then hope arrives in the form of George Harrison's Here Comes the Sun. Totally agree with Joshua as well, Slice of Your Pie certainly uses Paul's bass line at the end, just chops off a few notes!
  • Courtney from London, United KingdomI read somewhere the story behind the abrupt ending to the song. Basically the song is the last one on side 'A' of the record when it was first released, and it was the longest song they ever recorded but they didn't want to shorten it so they left it as it is. The crackling that gets louder and louder towards the end is a sound made when a song runs onto the 'inner grooves' of a record, which normally never happens as it reduces the quality of the song and creates the crackling, but the Beatles liked that effect so they decided to let the song carry on until there is no more room on the record, hence the abrupt ending when the needle has dropped off the record so to speak.
  • Jim from West Palm Beach, FlI actually like the abrupt ending in mid play. Is that the first time such a technique was used?
  • Stephen from Passaic, NjThe explanation of this song brings in a a new way to understand it! Thanks for this web site and all the contributions.
  • Splat from Williamsville, DeTo Matt, Lancaster, PA: The crackle you mention was removed in the 2009 remaster. But I distinctly remember hearing it in the original 1987 CD release (was JL's "YEAAAAAAHH" recorded just a little too loud for the original master tape?).

    As for the Led Zeppelin comments - my personal thoughts are that LZ was perhaps influenced by the Beatles, but their roots lay more in blues-rock. I do sense a lot of progressive rock in this song (influencing the likes of Yes, ELP, and perhaps Pink Floyd), and "Helter Skelter" predates heavy metal by a few years. But one of the less-noticed trends the Beatles set with the Abbey Road album was that of rock medleys (or "conjoined songs" as I like to call them). PM continued this trend with Wings in the 70s (Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Band On The Run, etc.), and also don't forget that Derek And The Dominos' "Layla" (1970) is two separate songs joined together.
  • Naomi from San Antonio, TxI know that John wanted the song to end with humming but the rest of the band disagreed to the ending.
  • Olivia from Philadelphia, PaI love how in Abbey Road, many of the songs don't have pauses between them and it sounds like one big song!
  • Larry from Coral Springs, FlFor some reason.. I don't know why..I found it very annoying when the song just cuts off at the very end..no fade.
  • Emily from St Louis, MoIt could mean anything. I keep wanting to say, I want you ..but (she's so heavy)
  • Rj from Philadelphia, PaThis is one of the first Beatles songs that I ever knew. I remember being 13 years old, discovering an Abbey Road CD, playing it alone in my room, and becoming completely hypnotized by this song. The sudden ending that goes into those first gentle notes of "Here Comes the Sun" never fails to take me by surprise.
  • Alainna Earl from Chester, PaYou all should leave Ringo. So what if he's no crooner, he's still more successful and influential, than any of you could hope to be.
  • Terry from Stoke-on-trent, United KingdomRe: I Want You (She,s so Heavy)
    I have always thought this song was good....Over the last month or so I have suddenly realized it is not just good.....it is great. Took me all these years to click in.
    I am pretty sure that Paul sings at the beginning, then John takes over later on. I believe Billy Preston is playing organ. I love playing guitar to this track.....this is also the first track I have ever wanted to plays the bass to. All in all, I think that every aspect of this song proves the greatness and uniqueness of the Beatles music. How many albums could you find to-day with a track like this.
    Terry, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • David from Lawren, Ma---Pay attention to the Bass---
  • David from Youngstown, OhIn "Here, There and Everywhere," the excellent autobiography of Geoff Emerick, the Beatles' main studio engineer, he wrote that he expected the song to fade out. The Beatles hadn't performed an ending for the song. Instead, during a playback, John screamed cut it here. Emerick said he, the other Beatles and George Martin were shocked because songs don't just end like that. But Lennon was insistent and that's why it just ends. Also, Paul disliked this song because of the last two minutes. The "white noise" drowns out the Beatles music, which he thought was an insult to the band. Again, Lennon was insistent on the white noise being really loud and purposely drowning out the music, Emerick wrote. It was part of Lennon's interest in experimental music such as "Revolution 9" and "What's the New Mary Jane."
  • Eric from Sheridan, InAt the end of the song, where it just simply cuts off randomly, It's to imply that John killed himself. Can't believe that hasn't been on there yet.
  • Sadhu from Saint Louis, MoI believe John is playing the middle guitar leads. It definitely sounds like his style and his Epiphone Cassino guitar. It's an excellent job I must say. Lennon often took the leads on selected songs and showed everyone that he could carry some of that responsibility along with George (like Get Back as well). Also, the melow blues chord progressions on this song are great. Paul's bass part is very creative and exceptional. He's definitely thinking 'out of the box' here...
  • K from Nowhere, OnIt wasn't just cut off, and nobody said "enough already". John just said "cut it right there". I find one thing strange about this song: right after the last "she's so" you can easily tell that the guitars and drums aren't on the same time.
  • Daniel from Stamford, CtBrilliant music is understood both consciously and subconsciously. Let me tell you what your subconscious is hearing when you listen to this song. When the variations kick in, John is saying "I want you," (Yoko) in every which way possible, in every variation. When the lyrics end, there is nothing more to be said. I want you. It is driving me mad. The music continues without lyrics. John is obsessing about it via the music. The song does not have an ending in the classic sense, but is "cut off," as if the tape ended or someone said "enough already." John is crazy in love.
  • Davíd from Woburn, MaOn the soundtrack album "Love" this song is remixed into one song with "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" and "Helter Skelter." Picture it: the scary chords of this song mixed with Paul screaming in the background over circus music. It is so perfectly scary, yet so brilliant.
  • Eric from Camas, WaThe last third of this song is the first demonically doomy heavy-rock music recorded during the peace, love, and sunshine '60s, capping off that 'groovy' decade with a decidedly dark note. Black Sabbath followed it with their first and even darker album, undoubtedly influenced by this Beatles song.

    During the very week the Beatles were putting their final finishing touches on this dark third section of the song, the murderous Manson 'family' hacked and shot to death their many victims in Benedict Canyon, L.A., putting a knife also through the heart of the 'hippie' movement and bringing the swinging '60s to a violent close.
    The other song the Beatles worked on those same two days was, "The End."

    BTW, many of the assertions made by commenters below are incorrect.
  • Catresse from Lawrenceville, Gahaha K from Oregon...
    wow. well just listen to more beatles songs and then you will distinguish the voices..its not hard at all i promise.
  • Brad from Lexington, KyUm... K from Oregon, you obviously haven't been a fan of the Beatles for very long.
  • K from Nowhere, Onjohn sings it? are we sure about this? i always thought it sounded like paul......
  • Jo Ann from West Melbourne, FlGetting back to that Moog synthesizer. Am I incorrect here? I always attributed the first time a Moog used in modern recorded music to 16 year-old Mike Oldfield who wrote and recorded the music to the horror flick (oops mind crunch going on here)...oh, the one where Linda Blair's head is doing the spin while tossing green liquid cookies. The Exorcist - that's what it was. But then again the Moody Blues also used it without knowing what kind of result would be gotten on the song, (oh, my, another mind crunch)Lucky Man was it? You know what? I probably am just too sleepy to know what I'm talking about. Feel free to post corrections to this shabby recollection of mine! haha
  • Billy from West Unity, OhThis song is truly amazing. It has a great rock groove at the beginning. Then there's the incredibly smooth lead in the middle. And then they layer upon layer the guitar riff/chords at the end. The windy effect we all hear at the end is the result of all the layering they did with the guitars.The reason it ended so abruptly.....They ran out of tape!!!!
  • Brad from Lexington, Kythis song is AWESOME. Also, one of the heaviest and most hypnotic songs the Beatles ever did. This thing could've come from Led Zeppelin!
  • Kristina from Albuquerque, NmPaul's bass is just amazingly mind-blowing. He never gets enough credit for his bass.
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Moyou only have to listen to this song to know what its about. its simple. his want for this woman is driving him insane. amazing, the same guy made this and 'across the universe' and 'julia'. thats the great thing about the beatles, they had some of everything.
  • Modernrocker79 from Kearny, NjA experimentaion in heavy rock with a synthesizer. The second part of this track sounds a bit like Black Sabbath.
  • T. Michels from Venlo, NetherlandsI love this song, and especially the the epic descent through the same repeated guitar chords.
    Everytime I listen to it, and the song stops, I realize that that solo has carried me away for three minutes.

    John understood how that solo had to be used.
    By the way, just stopping with playing is really the only way to stop the song, 'cause the solo has no end to it.

    What I believe is that the solo symbolizes the woman that John wants.
    This is because the solo starts when he sings: 'She's so', as if the solo is what the woman is, you know?
    And secondly, if you are truely in love with a woman, and you see her, she gets en hypnotizes you every single time, just as the solo.

    Think about it, it makes sense.
  • Zach from Farfarl, CaI think, the problem the most people face, is they want music to be a story or justification. A real listener, listens to the Author's meaning, not what it tells, but what it shows. It's just a song about wanting a girl who is so deep, that the distress it causes him to lose himself.

    I just grab my harmonica and play along. I become part of the song. It's what a real listener and musician does.
  • Jessica from Columbus, OhI was reading through the comments on here and I noticed that no one mentioned the organ in the background of this song. I always thought that was awesome too (as well as the rest of the song).
  • Matt from Lancaster, PaSORRY....the crackle is heard at around the 4:27 - 4:29 mark. 3:11- 3:14 is how much time is left in the song
  • Matt from Lancaster, PaGuys I'm pretty sure that the crackling noise at the end is simply distortion. If you guys are real Beatles fans (not saying you're not) you should know that the Beatles were one of the only bands in history that consistantly wanted distortion in their music. I could be wrong though.

    Also, during Johns scream if you listen closely you will here a crackle, and if you listen even closer after the scream you will notice a mumble at around the 3:11- 3:14 mark. Well what I heard was that the crackle was just because John screamed so loud in the mike that it made it crackle, and shortly afterward someone from another studio walked in during the session and yelled "KEEP IT DOWN!!" and it was caught on tape. If it's true that's a pretty cool story.
  • Kendall from Williamsburg, VaOk, so this song is nothing like any other band and should not be compared. Great artist of this time were so different than anything that had been done up to this point that they should NEVER be compared to any other artist, just admired for what they were.... EXPECIALLY comparing them to Motely Crue..WHAT? no.... This song should not be analazed. This song, and everything that the beatles did was so deep that every song was ment to be interpurted differently by the listener to the point of the song being able to relate to the listener in different ways, people always say, oh their lyrics don't make sense. Yes, if you are not phylicophical and cannot think about the song other than in a lyrital manner than yes, it makes no sense. The Doors are my favorite band and after reading "Five to One," a book about the doors, specifically Jim Morrison most of the songs were made to hit people in different ways, how the songs were made to get people to actually use their brains. Much like what the Beatles whanted people to do. People always say, oh it's cause they were on LSD, possibly yes, but LSD causes the user to use all of their brains instead of the 10% non-intoxicated individuals use everyday, they were thinking deeply, creativly, and songs like "She's so heavy" were a result of this. It doesn't matter if John wrote it for Yoko or not, he wanted to write it for others to actually hear the words and not just analyze the words, otherwise he would have kept it to himself and not made a song of it. Think about this next time you listen to the song...... Oh and across the universe... please be more wise than to actually compare this movie to the actual beatles.... the beatles are not to be put in a box and their songs should not be analyzed and made into a movie... the movie is cool, but only if you don't actually relate the song meanings to this movie.... John most likely would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that people were relating "She's so heavy" to soliders carrying the statue of liberty over a simulated version of what vietnam and everything that went with vietnam was like.

    thank you
  • Carmelo from Newtown, PaSorry to inform you, this song is not sung to Yoko. It's to you and me. You really don't understand the Beatles. You need to connect the dots
    Read on:

    Brace yourself, you're about to learn "Something" about the Beatles that few people know....yet.

    What were they up to?....what's this about a Walrus? Paul is dead? He looks ok. I don't get it. But wait........
    "Half of what I say is meaningless", "but I say it just to reach you"...who? Julia? That doesn't make sense. Who were the Beatles really trying to reach?
    Wait, I see something here..."There's a fog upon LA and my friends have lost their way", "and I told them where to go".

    Wait a minute!... I remember something about the letters on the Sergeant Pepper's album saying "BE AT LESo". Yeah, people guessed it was Leso island and they wanted us all to meet there. They quessed Paul was buried there. But Paul looks very much alive to me and there's no such island named Leso. It must mean somerthing else. Then there's the back of the Abby Road album,... look!... the letters are also offset...
    "BE AT LES".

    Wait.... I think I got it!
    There's a fog upon LA and my friends have lost their way! That's it!, "BE AT LES"....LOS ANGELES! Yes!... "BE AT los angeLES!", Haight Ashbury. How clever of them. Now I understand!...."Come together right now", "Please don't be long", "all you need is love", "we can save the world".
    "one thing I can tell you is you've got to be free", "come together, come together", "I want you so bad it's driving me mad". Come together at Haight Ashbury and
    join us to create a new world of love and peace.

    What wenrt wrong?
    "they've lost themselves instead", "I don't know why... nobody told you how to unfold your love", "I don't know how... you were diverted",
    "I'm crying,....... i'm crying".

    But that was "soooo long ago",... "was it just a dream", "seems so real to me". Maybe we should just "let it be". let's just "Imagine" this world of love and peace, some day "there will be an answer "when all the broken hearted people in the world agree" , "you're asking me will my love grow" " I don't know", "you stick around now it may show".

  • Sibella from Pretoria, --In Across The Universe, Uncle Sam started singing it at Max when he was about to join the army.
  • Sean from Manchester, United KingdomAnyone notice the instrumental of this tune sounds very heavy metal like almost predicting Black Sabbath.
  • Bill from Erie, PaThis song is featured in the Beatles-inspired film "Across the Universe"- one of the main characters is drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War. As he enters the recruitment station, the wall is covered with posters of Uncle Sam that say "I WANT YOU", and one of the Uncle Sams leaps out of his poster and begins singing the song. It is a quite surreal scene that features American soldiers carrying the Statue of Liberty across a jungle battlefield in Vietnam, crying "She's so heavy!"
  • Ozzy from Fresno, CaBy the way I think Paul gets enough credit...well maybe but John was the best his carreer just lacked the length of Pauls, however I think quality > quantity
  • Ozzy from Fresno, Ca"Heavy" is a british term for complex...someone whos complex in personality or philosophical or hard to figure out sorta
  • Lateeka from Kelowna, CanadaACTUALLY Abbey road was the last album recorded by all 4 Beatles but was sceduled to be released (RECORDED on Feb. 22th 69') before Let It Be(recorded on Jan. 22nd of 69' but released May8th 1970)... and the documentary. I guess it was their big bang finish along with the documentary. Dig?
  • Ryan from Bakersfield, CaAt the top it says this was the last time the Beatles were in the studio together for the last time. that is incorrect. the last album was let it be, not Abbey Road. just thought id throw that in there.
  • Kristina from Albuquerque, NmLove the BASS! Paul was a really great bass player and doesn't get enough credit. If it wasn't for Paul's amazing bass this song wouldn't be so heavy. Then he gets really melodic in the fills.
  • Bianca Sanchez from Alburquerque, NmFor those People talking about Ringo's voice down there, I think that Ringo has a LOVLEY, BEAUTIFUL, DEEP, voice. And he's cute. The Beatles are probably the only band (well mabey the doors) who are handsome, and cute, AND beyond amazing singers. I mean come on look at the guy from Aerosmith. He's a good singer but his mouth is the size of a small dog.
  • Bianca Sanchez from Alburquerque, NmI love the beging, how Johnsays : "I want you." dundundun......"I want you so bad" dundundun "I want you so ba-a-ad it's driving me mad." then his voice gets deep,
  • Paul Bert Bilog from Los Angeles, Cai bet this encourge to write like this song. they were influenced of the beatles. the song progression,lyrically and musically!!! the beatles is the greatest band of all time..
    next is led zep.
  • Floyd from The Dark Side Of The Moon, Othergreat song but i dont understand all of it. anyone know what the "shes so heavy" means
  • Cannie from San Antonio, TxThe end is so ominous. Like, one minute you're here, the next you're not... like John's life... like the group's existence. Weird considering it's the last one they recorded together.
  • Jj from Brooklyn, NyTo Phil in Fresno -- Funeral songs; In My Life and The End
  • Tnknows from York, EnglandThe second part of this song is heavy metal to me or close to it.
  • Rebekah :) from Knoxville, TnOkay people, first of all please stop saying the Beatles cound like led zep, pink floyd, etc...the Beatles don't sound like anyone...everyone ELSE sounds like the Beatles. period.

    The LOVE version of this song (with Mr. Kite) is the most amazing sounds I have ever heard...so wicked, so tortured, so delightfully evil...idk, maybe it was the mushrooms. REGARDLESS, listen to it, Track 10.

    Now, this song...WOW. I love the way it is repetitive. And I know it was written about Yoko and everything, but I prefer Julie Taymor's Across the Universe renidition. I WANT YOU (uncle sam...vietnam) and SHE'S (america) SO HEAVY.

    Wonderful song, one of my fav's, (obviously, look at this post) but very under appreciated.

    Btw, everyone knows Ringo can't sing, Hell, he can't even really play the drums. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time and it worked. Luck.

    oh and P.S. all you need is love.
  • Michael from OxfordI wonder why no-one's mentioned that loud, wailing "yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!" Normally with the Beatles, I become used to their various screams after a few listens. Not this one. I really feel his pain inside when it comes round; as of my fifth listen to my "Abbey Road" CD the sound seems to penetrate a little deeper into my soul each time.
  • Ozzy from Fresno, Cathis song does sound an awful lot like led zeppelin, esp stairway, and it has resemblense to aerosmith's dream on. i just luv this though, and its one of my fav beatles songs cuz i am a big zeppelin fan
  • Mark from Worcester, MiOkay so Zeppelin 1 was released in 69 not 68, but it was January of 69 and it was recorded in London in 68. Regardless how can anyone listen to this song and not hear the heavy sound, and guitar vocal interplay of early years Zeppelin? You have to try not to, or not want to hear it IMO. It's an excellent song, off a great album. One of Rock's greatest lyricist recorded such a gem with so few words.
  • Phillip from Fresno , Ca, CaI seem to remember years ago seeing a video of the boys playing this song in the studio... was this real or just a technicolour dream I had?
    By the way, the songs I want played at my funeral are "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Because" ...I'm curious to know what songs fellow contributors would like their friends/ family to hear at their funeral, realizing it will be a moment all will remember forever when they think of you?
  • Phillip from Fresno , Ca, CaDefinitely my all-time favourite song to play... I bought my first guitar after seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, and ended up becoming a multi-award winning record producer/musician. John Lennon has always been my obsession / love/ primary influence! I wanted to mention how extremely difficult it is to play the "droning F note" chords rhythym track CLEANLY for so long without smudging notes! My question to you all is: Does anyone know EXACTLY which guitar/amplifier makes/models were used on the tracks? I MUST know ...!!!
  • Bootstrap from Arlington, VaThe static-like scraping sound during the last two minutes (give or take) is like the sound that a record-player needle might make as it was scraping into the vinyl grooves of a record. I suppose this is John's way of saying he was so "heavily" into Yoko that it caused the stylus to grind into an LP. Of course, this kind of quirky feature doesn't translate to CDs. Kind of like the endless loop at the end of A Day in the Life.
  • Andrew from Indianapolis, InJohny in L.A. that weird static is George playing the moog synthizer, it was one of the first uses of it in music history, it was supposed to be wind
  • George from Yonkers, NyLed Zeppelin were influenced by the Beatles by the way but this song has two parts the first part that is blues influenced the second part is progressive hard rock.
  • Margaret from Cullman, Al The guitar part that repeats through the song after "She's so ..." sort of sounds like the bass part of "House of the Rising Sun" Does anyone else notice this?
  • Hugo from Dover, Njactually led zeppelin came out early 69, most likely they got the basic track down before being anywhere near inspired by zeppelin if even, most likely if they had any influence on the song, it was probably during production.
  • Joe from Montvale, NjThis a awesome progressive hard rock song and early one to might I add. It has an abrupt tape spliced ending with a definite jazz influence covered by many artists.
  • Phil from Centerport, NyThere is nothing 'overly repetitive' at the end of this song. It is one of a few songs that does everything right. Lennon had to cut the tape, because his "want" for "you" NEVER ends... its just keeps going, and going, and going
  • Sal from Bardonia , NyA very progressive rock song with synthesizer combined with hard rock and primal scream vocals.Is it hard rock progressive or avant rock blues it's a hard song to pin down.
    Sal Bardonia,NY
  • Paul from Liverpool, EnglandAlthough I love this song, The Beatles best in my opinion, to say it is the first "heavy metal song" is overdoing it. Have you not heard of a band called Blue Cheer?
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaHow comes there's the weird static in the end?
  • Hernán from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGreat song, with lots of guitar overdubbing between Lennon and Harrison. Cool song
  • Mark from Worcester, MiThis is a Zep paradoy. I'd bet anything. This song didn't inspire Zep, Zep inspired this song. The Beatles had a habbit of hearing certain sounds and going, yeah we can do that too, which of course they could. I doubt Zep (whom I love) took anything from this song. Abbey Road came out in 1969. Zeppelin 1 came out in 1968. In 1969 Zep was criss crossing the states and their 2nd album was also hitting the stores. It's not like Lennon hadn't heard them, or that Zep needed inspiration.
  • Nathan from Bruges, BelgiumJohn Lennon cut the tape to end this song.
  • Simmy from Ottawa, Canadagreat song. i think that billy preston played the organ on this song.
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnMotley Crue "borrowed" the chorus from this song for the end section of "Slice Of Your Pie".
  • John from Cape Coral, Flits a great song but to me the end part is too repetitive and drawn out, i wish they would have mixed it up
  • Pierre from Los Angeles, Cacameron,many people here seem to say 'the beatles grew from their early days to this song' the early beatles were also just as great and inflouential, the beatles are the $#iTz from begining to end they came to the spotlight with great stuff and left with great stuff evry album the beatles made is just perfect!
  • Pierre from Los Angeles, Caxavier those songs u mentioned are cool songs u know their nice little acoustic tunes similar to that of simon and garfunkel or america and u also forgot ''going to california'' defenatly my fav zep song great to listen to when u got ''smoke'' and coffee jejej but they dont do what a beatles song does nor do they get the same idea or emotion i have to agree with jerry take away zep's acoustics they really are just another loud abnoxiouse band fact is u and jerry made one critical mistake u compared the beatles to another band and thats unfair to any band going up against the beatles including led zeppelin cause the beatles are just on another level tho your points are well made and well timed

  • Cameron from Bainsville, CanadaThis was one of the first songs I learned on guitar WITHOUT TABS. I was so proud of myself, especially because this is one of the best Beatles songs. It makes you feel like you are going on some kind of trip. And knowing it's the last time the Beatles were all in the studio together makes all the more better. They put what they had into this last recording, and it shows. From the Beatles early songs to this, they have made quite the transition (and for the better).
  • Xavier from Pune, IndiaHey jerry619 from san diego, United States. I'm a fan of The Beatles too, but Led Zeppelin is my favourite band of all time. U can be a fan of one band, and appreciate the others too. So what do u mean, when u say that unlike Led Zep, this song has a heart warming chorus?? I guess, u haven't heard enough Led Zep, coz if u would, u would know that there are some great 'Heart Warming' led zep songs. Dont get me?? Try Tangerine, The Rain Song, Thank you, All My Love and countless others and then judge for yourself. Think before u speak. Led Zeppelin weren't just about pounding drums and face melting guitars (which i love too), they could get mellow and 'heart warming' when they wanted to. Just like The beatles could get rough and loud. Its called 'Variety'!.ok, I'm done now, thanks for your time...
  • Frank from Las Vegas, NvThis was rated by Bass Player magazine as one of the top ten Bass Lines of all time. Paul was a master at that creating Bass Lines that dont always just follow the root of the note but become independent of the song kind of a Song In a Song. He was rated the 5th best Bass Player of all time thats pretty good for a man that could also Play a Mean guitar. He was also rated the 2nd best creator of Bass lines of all time
  • Zoloft from Milton, Wv"I want you so bad it's driving me mad". With that lyric, this song served as an ode to both heroin and Yoko Ono. Lennon felt that Yoko's singing was the only thing more addictive than heroin.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoI always find myself trying to predict when it's gonna end. Might have gotten right sometime, but can't say I really know!
  • Mad from Jerusalem, IsraelPaul's bass on this track makes me cry... Ringo's drums are also great.
    This must be 1 of the greatest songs ever.
  • Julian from Anaheim, CaI think the middle guitar part is absolutely amazing! It really relaxes me.
  • Jerry619 from San Diego, United Statesif u ask me this is the song that led zeppelin pretty much based their entire efforts on, i dont think this song sounds like led zeppelin its unfair to compare it so, i love led zeppelin but this song is clean, creative, ingeniouse and well timed all of the things led zeppelin werent, the chorus sounds like something out of a santana album thats just geniouse, lennons voice timed perfectly to the notes on the guitar wich takes more than skill, ringo puts on a clinic on the drumbs at the end, and mccartney again showing why hes the best bass player of all time resembles led zep a bit minus the roaring guitars, limitless speed, and unlike led zep this song actually has a heart warming chorus this song like many other beatles songs is un-compareable to no one and nothing simply just geniouse, work of art love it
  • Steve from Fenton, MoThis is not one of my favorite Beatles songs, but I love Abbey Road. I do like the guitar part at the end. I've listened to the CD (or album before that) over a hundred times I'm sure, but still can't quite anticipate exactly when the song will end.
  • Jonathan from Johnstown, PaGoes on forever!!!
  • Mandy from Calgary, CanadaHey, hey, hey! For all those who were commenting on Ringo's voice... well, I think he has a LOVELY voice. I mean, come on- give this guy some credit! He is always shut out, and in the background- not many people really give him the appreciation and praise he deserves. Ringo has a NICE voice- I mean, did you NOT like Octopus's Garden? Ringo sang that! I think he has a good voice. His career is also very successful. Any-ways, enough about Ringo. This song is real great! I LOVE the bass thing that Paul does- I mean, that is SO wicked. This has a real nice jazzy, or more blues type of sound. Its real neat. Great song.
  • Danny from Rehoboth, MaYou know, I heard an early vervion of "I want You" and it was very raw and strait forward. It sounded almost as if it was the first time they ever tried it out as a band. It reminded me of the beatles very early sound, strait forward 4-peice rock and roll. An old friend had a recording of it and I've lost touch with him. Are any of you familiar with this version and can you tell where I might find it?
  • Pepper from Virginia Beach, Vafirst heavy metal song
  • Luna from London, EnglandWhen The Beatles recorded this, it was the last time all 4 of them were in the studio together.
  • Andrea Ruhlman from Charlevoix, MiI bet I could listen to this song on repeat all day and let it blend together. It's a very mellow song.
  • Lee from Clearwater, FlThis has an almost halloween sound about it. It is a rock song on an album that is not that much rock. It is a good one.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhYou could say this song is the beginning of progressive rock. Hard to say that Yes could have become as big as they did if not for this song.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScYeah, the guitar part at the end is great, but it repeats over and over and over... again. Song's great thoug. I like John's vocals and the guitar solo.
  • Curtis from Chicago, IlThe progression at the end of this song is the same as the one at the end of the Dream Theater song Finally Free. But Dream Theater did embellish.
  • Jordan from Wimette, IlIt ends so abrubtubly......
  • Jordan from Wimette, IlIt was the beatles' longest released beatles' song. (C'mon! Revolution 9 is not a song!)
  • Vic from Santiago, ChileOne of my favourites. Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floydesque
  • Nelle from Lima, PeruIntenseee
  • Jaf from Benson, AzThis is exactly what the Beatles sound would be had they stayed together for a few more years. Check out Paul's heavy bass (resembles Chris Squire of YES: ROUNDABOUT), plus heavy guitars by both Lennon and Harrison and a longer than usual playing time (over 7 minutes), just like the kind of work Zeppelin and Deep Purple did on their days.
  • Nelle from Lima, PeruThis song is amazing.............
  • Nessie from Sapporo, Japan(Mike: "...Yoko had already written a one word poem, called "Water."") I hear it got a one-finger review. ;) There's something mesmerizing about this song. I like how each Beatle plays in turn, as if they've worked out that this is their last go-'round together so they're giving each other some space.
  • Marlon from Nyc, NyI love the riff towards the end of the song.
  • John from Flanders, NjThis sounds so much like Led Zeppelin. I can so easily imagine Plant singing this. Nice Ringo drumwork too.
  • Joe from Stoughton, MaIf you listen there is also a white-noise/bad reception type noise that builds up slowly towards the end until the halt, which is awesome. The Beatles are great because so many differents sounds and techniques were fused into their music that each time you listen you can pick out something you haven't heard before.
  • Craig from Irvine, CaI absolutely love John's panging love for Yoko expressed so well in this Primal Scream, but also the cool, jazzy guitar solo ( I believe John played lead)
    Also listening to this song in the dark when the songs completely HALTS (when the tape ran out) is a defining SCARY moment.
  • Sam from Philadelphia, Pai always liked the beatles more bluesy stuff like this, yer blues, and oh darling. that was the thing that always apealed to me about the beatles, how diverse they where
  • Martin from Sterling, VaHey, I liked Ringo's singing. So there.
  • Loretta from Liverpool, EnglandJohn's voice is interesting. Adrian is totally correct that he has one of the best screaming and "dirty" voices (like in the last part of Happieness is a Warm Gun") and then he can also sort of imitate paul's sweetness on "Anna". What a throat. Now Ringo??????? even George Martin admits he can't sing for beans.
  • Robb from Hamburg, NyAdrian sums it up perfectly
  • Mike from London, EnglandThis song was used by the BBC as an example of "the banalities of modern pop," but John wanted to write a one word song, as Yoko had already written a one word poem, called "Water."
  • Mike from Jackson, NjThat song puts you in such a muse when listening to the choruses...
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeAn awesome heavy blues song. John Lennon has one of the best screaming voices in rock n' roll and that's really showcased on this track. The last three minutes is especially hypnotic and then you're snapped back into reality when it suddenly comes to a hault
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