Thursday, June 4, 2009

You Never Give Me Your Money

The Beatles facts for "You Never Give Me Your Money" are noteworthy because of the details relating to the song's inspiration. Apple Corps Ltd. was losing money because of a poor business plan that originally called for people to submit their artistic projects to the company--paintings, music, books, electronics, poetry, and much more. Apple, however, had no organized system to deal with (or execute) the massive number of submissions they received. (James Taylor is one of the few artists who was successfully signed by Apple and went on to have a successful, sustained career.) Also, Lennon and McCartney were fighting to own their own song publishing company.

The song was part of the B side of Abbey Road, beginning the suite (which was McCartney's idea). It leads into "Sun King," "Mean Mr. Mustard," "Polythene Pam," "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," and "The End."

It was recorded at Olympic Sound Studios on May 6, 1969. Overdubs were added in July and August at Abbey Road Studios.

McCartney plays bass and sings lead. McCartney and Lennon provide backing vocals. Lennon plays lead guitar, Harrison plays rhythm, and Starr plays drums and tambourine.

Harrison was very fond of the track because he thought it to be very melodic.

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