Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Old Brown Shoe

"Old Brown Shoe" is a Harrison composition released as a single on May 30, 1969 and was the B side to "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

Harrison composed the song by playing chord sequences on the piano.  Afterwards, he wrote lyrics based on opposites, such as right and wrong, up and down.  He said it was about "the duality of change."

A demo was recorded on February 25, 1969 at Abbey Road.  The song was re-recorded at Abby Road on April 16, 1969, with overdubs added on April 18.  A different version of the song can be heard on Beatles Anthology 3, with the lyrics more intelligibly articulated by Harrison (and also with less instrumentation overshadowing the words).

Harrison played lead guitar, Starr drums, Billy Preston organ, and McCartney bass.  Harrison sang lead vocal, with Lennon and McCartney providing backing vocals.


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