Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yer Blues

There are many interesting Beatles facts associated with "Yer Blues," a track on the White Album.  The song was written by Lennon in India while he was, in his own words, "up there trying to reach God and feeling suicidal," a sentiment echoed in the song's lyrics. (Insert Dylan reference here.)  The song was originally titled "Your Blues," but Lennon, feeling that the song's connotations were too heavy, thought that "Yer Blues" would lighten the track's mood.  McCartney did not agree with the name change.

Lennon performed the song at the Toronto Rock 'n Roll Revival Concert in September, 1969.  A bootleg album for the Rolling Stones' unreleased film called Rock 'n Roll Circus includes a performance of "Yer Blues" by Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchell.

The song was recorded at Abbey Road on August 13,, 1968, with overdubs done on August 14.  The count-in was added on August 20.  Lennon handles the lead vocal and plays lead guitar.  Harrison also plays lead, McCartney bass, and Starr the drums.


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