The Word (song)

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"The Word"
Song by the Beatles
from the album Rubber Soul
Released3 December 1965
Recorded10 November 1965
EMI Studios, London
Producer(s)George Martin

"The Word" is a song by English rock group the Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded with Lennon on lead vocals. It was first released on their 1965 album Rubber Soul.


The song was co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. According to Lennon, it was written together but it was "mainly mine".[2] They wrote it after smoking marijuana, something they had not done before in a composing session, which from McCartney's perspective (opposite to Lennon's), "got in the way of songwriting". McCartney on the subject:


Musically, the song is based upon a driving funk beat, with few chord changes and a simple melody in the key of D major.[4][5] (The refrain is a 12 bar blues in D. The main chord is D7(#9), also used in "Drive My Car" and "Taxman". The two line verse uses D7, C7, F13, and G7.)

Paul McCartney said of this song, "John and I would like to do songs with just one note like 'Long Tall Sally'. We get near it in 'The Word'".[6]

George Martin plays the harmonium solo in the track. McCartney, Lennon, and Harrison sing the song in three-part harmony. Lennon sings the middle eight by himself.

Samples from this song are also included on Love released in November 2006, in the track "Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing".

John Lennon gave Yoko Ono the original sheets to the song just before their relationship began.

Live performances[edit]

Paul McCartney has played a medley version of "The Word"/"All You Need Is Love" on his On the Run Tour.


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[7]



  1. ^ Hamelman, Steven L (2004). But is it Garbage?: On Rock and Trash. University of Georgia Press. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Beatles Songwriting & Recording Database: Rubber Soul". Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ Miles 1997, p. 272.
  4. ^ Pollack 1993.
  5. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 498.
  6. ^ Aldridge 1990, p. 24.
  7. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 178.
  8. ^ "Blue Man Group - The Word". YouTube.
  9. ^ "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook - Bettye LaVette". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2017.


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