Two of Us (song)

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This article is about the Beatles song. For other songs with similar titles, see Two of Us (disambiguation).
"Two of Us"
Song by the Beatles from the album Let It Be
Released 8 May 1970 (1970-05-08)
Recorded 31 January 1969, Apple Studios
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:33
Label Apple
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer Phil Spector/George Martin
Let It Be track listing
Music sample

"Two of Us" is a 1969 song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney[1][2] (credited to Lennon–McCartney).

"Two of Us" was originally released on Let It Be and was later released on Anthology 3 and Let It Be... Naked. Its title was used for a film Two of Us about a fictional 1976 reunion between McCartney and Lennon.[3]

History[edit]

The song was originally titled "On Our Way Home". McCartney claimed it was dedicated to his wife-to-be Linda Eastman, though the lyrics (e.g.: "you and I have memories/longer than the road that stretches out ahead" or "you and me chasing paper/getting nowhere") sounded to author Ian MacDonald like they were actually addressing Lennon.[4]

An early performance of the song, in a guitar-driven rock style, can be seen in the Let It Be film. Unsatisfied with this style, which McCartney described as "chunky", the band reworked the song around acoustic guitars. The Beatles performed a finished version of the song live at Apple Studios on 31 January 1969; this performance was included in both the Let It Be film and album.

In May 1969, McCartney produced a recording of the song using this title by the group Mortimer, a New York City trio that briefly recorded for Apple, but this recording was never released.[5]

Personnel[edit]

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Cultural references[edit]

  • Two of Us is the title of a 2000 VH1 television drama which offers a fictionalized account of 24 April 1976, the day Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live offered the Beatles $3,000 to appear on the program, when by coincidence McCartney was visiting Lennon at his New York apartment and watching the program.
  • The song was part of the soundtrack for the 2011 film Restless by Gus Van Sant.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ MacDonald 2003, p. 335.
  2. ^ "Lennon-McCartney: Who Wrote What?". Beatlefan.Net. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  3. ^ Erickson 2010.
  4. ^ MacDonald 2003, p. 335; he quotes the actual lines from the lyrics..
  5. ^ Dowdling 1989, p. 257.

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