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Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Think of what you're saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's all right.
Think of what I'm saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend.
I have always thought that it's a crime,
So I will ask you once again.

Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we might fall apart before too long.

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Surely one of the best examples of John & Paul working together, although it was apparently George's idea to change the middle eight to waltz time..
I always liked how they put the Harmonium in the bridge to make it sound a bit sad (or menacing) !


"In We Can Work It Out, Paul did the first half, I did the middle eight. But you've got Paul writing, 'We can work it out / We can work it out'—real optimistic, y'know, and me, impatient: 'Life is very short, and there's no time / For fussing and fighting, my friend.'

The Beatles recorded "We Can Work It Out" on 20 October 1965, four days after its accompanying single track, with an overdub session on 29 October.
They spent nearly 11 hours on the song, by far the longest expenditure of studio time up to that point.
In a discussion about what song to release as a single, Lennon argued "vociferously" for "Day Tripper", differing with the majority view that "We Can Work It Out" was a more commercial song.
As a result, the single was marketed as the first "double A-side," but airplay and point-of-sale requests soon proved "We Can Work It Out" to be more popular, and it reached No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic.

Music critic Ian MacDonald, said:
"[Lennon's] passages are so suited to his Salvation Army harmonium that it's hard to imagine them not being composed on it. The swell-pedal crescendos he adds to the verses are, on the other hand, textural washes added in the studio, the first of their kind on a Beatles record and signposts to the enriched sound-palette of Revolver.


Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocal, bass
John Lennon – harmony vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar, harmonium
George Harrison – tambourine
Ringo Starr – drums
George Martin – producer
Norman Smith – engineer

Released - December 1965

The Beatles - We Can Work It Out

An absolute gem. I always preferred it to its 'partner' 'Day Tripper'.
Remarkably, not content to give the world an all-new 14 track LP on the same day, not forgetting an Xmas Flexi for the Fan Club, the group churn out a double-A side as well!


Have to say at the time I preferred 'Day Tripper' since it was a rocker, but I enjoyed WCWIO nonetheless. Beautiful vocal harmonies, and another instance of complete originalty. Classic.


IMO it's one of the best songs anywhere. A good example of Paul going inside and writing heartfelt real stuff!

Brilliant song often overlooked IMO.

You know it is a huge song if Chaka Khan and Big Time Rush cover it (source Wikipedia).


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