Commonwealth (song)

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"Commonwealth"
Song by The Beatles
Released Unreleased
Recorded 9 January 1969
Genre Rock
Length 3:38
Writer Lennon–McCartney

"Commonwealth" is a Beatles song credited to Lennon–McCartney, released only on bootleg. "Commonwealth" is an unpolished recording from January 1969 with Paul McCartney ad-libbing on lead vocals, and John Lennon ad libbing a backing vocal. It was disliked by McCartney, so it was never released.

Composition[edit]

The song was the precursor to "Get Back". The lyrics are improvised along with the instrumentation.

Recording[edit]

"Commonwealth" was recorded January 9, 1969, at Twickenham Film Studios, London, England, during the "Get Back/Let It Be" rehearsals. It was recorded after a version of "House of the Rising Sun", and just before of a song called "Enoch Powell", also improvised. The sound was captured on a state-of-the art Nagra sound reel, as was all of the material recorded during those sessions. The reel number is 99 A.

Release[edit]

This recording has still not been officially released by EMI/Apple, but is available on numerous bootlegs. It has not appeared anywhere else on either a solo Beatle album or as a cover version.

Personnel[edit]