One After 909

Album: Let It Be (1970)
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Songfacts®:

  • According to disc 2 of the 2003 release Let It Be... Naked, "One After 909" is about a lady who tells her boyfriend 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," so he goes home depressed and goes into the wrong house. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Loretta - Liverpool, England
  • John Lennon wrote this jaunty number 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, where he spent the first five years of his life living with his parents and grandparents.
  • Part of The Beatles' early live repertoire, this wasn't released until 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. "One After 909" was included on the album because the group performed it twice in the movie Let It Be, including the impromptu concert on Apple Records' rooftop.
  • In Paul McCartney by Barry Miles, McCartney is quoted saying that the song was meant to emulate a "bluesy freight-train" song. "There were a lot of those songs at the time," McCartney explains, "like 'Midnight Special,' 'Freight Train,' 'Rock Island Line,' so this was the 'One After 909'; she didn't get the 909, she got the one after it."
  • McCartney said that the band hated the lyrics to the song. They included it on Let It Be because they needed a track to fill the album out.
  • 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.

Comments: 23

  • Sp from Coral Gables, FlI think the Let It Be version is way better than the 1963 one. Each version reflects the guys. It's incredible how they changed. The 1963 is a typical moptop-era tune. In the 1969 version, George's guitar sounds with more confidence, and right to the point. The drums are great. The bass, out of this world, and the vocals really has a lot more of experience. And adding Billy Preston is like... Perfect. And it's completely live!!! Just less than 6 years and Beatlemania, all the movies, the MBEs, the touring, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper, Maharishi, etc, between both versions... I think it reflects it fine.
  • Anton Wishik from Indianapolis I don't think the line "Then I find I've got the number wrong" means the guy went into the wrong house. The number he got wrong is the number of the train. His ex-girlfriend didn't want him following her and so did not give him the exact train number when he asked for it. She just said it was the one after 909. So is that 910? Not necessarily. Train numbers are not always consecutive; it depends on destination and time of departure. So she was being intentionally confusing so he could not find her and she would not have to "move over" in the train seat once, let alone twice ...
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaWish I could have been on that roof top. Loved this tune - it's a great rocker.
  • Roy from Slough, United KingdomA 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.
  • Tony from Moreno Valley, CaIt's a shame they didn't think the original version was any good. I think it's better than the Let It Be version.
  • Billy from Nederland , TxVery good song. I love the keyboard part after they sing ,"move over once, move over twice."
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaThis song was used in the movie "Factory Girl".
  • Megan from Shineonyoucrazydiamonds, FlI think this song is pretty catchy. I'm suprised it's not more popular.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyIt 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".
  • John from Woburn, MaThe song has uncreative and sometimes incoherent lyrics,isn't by all means crisp,but for some reason I LOVE IT
  • Jerry from Portland, OrThis one really rocks. What I like best is George's quitar solo. Free and easy, and just the right licks.
  • Steve from Fenton, MoThis 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.
  • Mike from Newark, NdI 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
  • George from Itaberaba, BrazilA 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.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhListen closely to begining of this song it sounds almost identical to the begining of Chuck Berry's song "I Wanna be Your Driver".
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThis 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 from Louisville, KyThroughout their recording career, the Betles would "warm up" by doing a quick version of this song before a recording session was to begin.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScYeah. I think i like the anthology version better too.
  • Loretta from Liverpool, Englandi like the anthology one version as much or more than the let it be one.
  • Loretta from Liverpool, Englandwas "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!
  • Joe from West Creek, NjThis 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.
  • Mike from London, EnglandIt'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
  • James Lo Cascio from Mahwah, NjThis 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.
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