Two of Us is a 1969 song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, although, in his 1980 Playboy interview, John Lennon apparently claimed to have written it. Regardless, it is credited to Lennon/McCartney. Lennon and McCartney sang the song as a duet. It was written for Linda Eastman, McCartney's soon to be wife, though it sounds at times as if it is addressing Lennon, whose relationship with McCartney was tense at that time.
"Two of Us" was originally released on Let It Be and was later released on Anthology 3 and Let It Be… Naked.
"Two of Us" originally began as a rocker with a strong "Peggy Sue" drum beat. In the Let It Be film, McCartney and Lennon sing the song "rocker" style into the same mic. The song lost its rock leanings as Paul worked out the composition over January 1969, and it became a more introspective song. The Beatles performed a finished version of the song live at Apple Studios on 31 January 1969; this performance was included in both the Let it Be film and album.
- Paul McCartney - lead vocals, guitar (1964 Epiphone Texan)
- John Lennon - backing vocals, guitar (1964 Framus Hooternanny)
- George Harrison - guitar (1968 Fender Telecaster)
- Ringo Starr - drums
At the beginning of the recording Lennon shouts,
"'I Dig a Pygmy', by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids... Phase One, in which Doris gets her oats!"
The shout was mixed in by Phil Spector for the Let It Be album and also appeared in the Let It Be film, both released in 1970. "The deaf aids" was the nickname given to The Beatles' Vox amplifiers.
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