The Word (song)

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"The Word"
Song by the Beatles from the album Rubber Soul
Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 10 November 1965
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock[1]
Length 2:41
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Rubber Soul track listing

"The Word" is a song by the Beatles 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 hadn't 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 rhythm 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 D(#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. 


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