You Never Give Me Your Money

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"You Never Give Me Your Money"
Song by the Beatles from the album Abbey Road
Released 26 September 1969
Recorded 6 May, 1, 11 and 15 July , and 6 August 1969,
EMI Studios, London
and Olympic Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 4:02
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Abbey Road track listing

"You Never Give Me Your Money" is a song by the Beatles that opens the climactic medley on side two of the album Abbey Road. It was written by Paul McCartney and is credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song was composed in the midst of the break-up of the band, during the Allen Klein phase.

Structure[edit]

The song begins with two verses sung by McCartney in a large-sound, almost classical style. This is followed by a section played in a double time swing feel with McCartney switching to a more nasal vocal style, using a mock-baritone voice which contrasts the song's somewhat poignant lyrics. Next comes an instrumental interlude with George Harrison's aggressive blues rock-style and a concluding unison line between guitar and bass. The song fades out with a chant of a nursery rhyme, set to a Harrison guitar riff similar to a previous album track, "Here Comes the Sun". The riff would later return in the medley's track "Carry That Weight". The song's production is notable for prominent use of leslie-amplified, arpeggiated guitar parts, which became synonymous with the late-era Beatles sound.

It slowly and quietly segues into "Sun King".

Recording[edit]

"You Never Give Me Your Money" was recorded in 36 takes on 6 May 1969, with McCartney on piano and vocals, Lennon and Harrison on guitar and Starr on drums. At this early stage the song ended abruptly prior to the "One two three four five six seven" refrain.

On 1 July, McCartney overdubbed lead vocals onto take 30, and added more vocals and chimes on 15 July.

"You Never Give Me Your Money" was originally to segue into "Sun King" with a long organ note. This was recorded along with more vocals on 30 July. They were scrapped the following day, when McCartney completed the song by adding bass guitar and piano. The "Sun King" crossfade was completed on 5 August with a series of tape loops containing the sounds of chimes, birds, bubbles, and bugs.[1]

Personnel[edit]

Covers[edit]

In 1976, Will Malone & Lou Reizner covered the song for the transitory musical documentary All This and World War II.

Tenacious D regularly includes this song in their live performances as a "Beatles Medley".

Glenn Tilbrook with Nine Below Zero cover the song on "Abbey Road Now!" the Mojo October 2009 cover CD along with covers of all Abbey Road songs.

Harvey Danger played the song at their final All Ages show at The Vera Project in Seattle. Lead singer Sean Nelson cited it as being his favourite song by the Beatles in a Q&A session at the end of the show.

Sarah Vaughan covered the song on her 1982 album Songs of The Beatles

Paloma Faith covered this song on her 2010 live tour and recorded it for TV on 'Abbey Road Live'.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "You Never Give Me Your Money". The Beatles Bible. Retrieved 26 October 2008. 

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