The fantastic thing about the Abbey Street Medley

Once I begin relationship my first girlfriend in 1984 (we have been simply seventeen if you already know what I imply) I assumed I knew The Beatles very nicely. As a result of I had the purple and blue compilation albums and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band. I had no clue what treasures have been ready for me. However my girlfriend, she had Abbey Street. And for the primary time, I spotted that there have to be way more to discover.

After all I already knew plenty of the songs. The 2 opening tracks ‘Come Collectively’ and ‘One thing’, or ‘Right here Comes The Solar’, and Ringo’s ‘Octupus’s Backyard’. The others is all new to me and I really feel like a child in a sweet retailer: ‘OH! Darling’, ‘I Need You (She’s So Heavy)’, ‘As a result of’, all of them are gems. The half that comes with me instantly is the LP’s facet B, the medley of eight songs, sixteen minutes lengthy, beginning with ‘You By no means Give Me Your Cash’ all alongside till ‘The Finish’.

Abbey Street was actually unfinished songs all caught collectively. All people praises the album a lot, however not one of the songs had something to do with one another, no thread in any respect, solely the truth that we caught them collectively.”

John Lennon

John Lennon has by no means been very constructive concerning the medley. And speaking lyrics, his criticism is rightly so; however musically the medley is unmatched. The melodies, the dynamics, the harmonies by John, Paul and George; ‘The Lengthy One’, as The Beatles known as it throughout recording, is an imposing end of a formidable profession. The thought is from McCartney, challenged by producer George Martin, who thought that “John and Paul obtained to suppose extra severely about their music”.


The medley starter ‘You By no means Give Me Your Cash’ is a typical McCartney composition full of unusual twists and hooks. In response to McCartney, the tune is about his doubts and wrestle with the meant new Beatles supervisor, Allen Klein. Along with ‘Right here Comes The Solar’ and ‘Carry That Weight’ it’s one of many songs on Abbey Street impressed by Apple’s enterprise points.

‘You By no means Give Me Your Cash’ seamlessly floats into Lennon’s dreamy ‘Solar King’, which guitar components was impressed by Fleetwood Mac’s hit ‘Albatros’. The next two tracks are from Lennon as nicely: ‘Imply Mr. Mustard’ and ‘Polythene Pam’, each written in India in 1968. With the intention to create some type of cohesion within the medley, Lennon modifications the lyrics of Imply Mr. Mustard: ‘His sister Pam” was in an earlier model of the tune “His sister Shirley”, so it refers now to ‘Polythene Pam’.

In a earlier uncooked combine, the tune ‘Her Majesty’ is put in between ‘Imply Mr. Mustard’ and ‘Polythene Pam’. However when the band listened to it, they conclude it doesn’t work and the tune is in the reduction of. McCartney tells the technicians to throw away the piece of tape, however EMI’s private is ordered to maintain every little thing made by The Beatles. Therefor tape operator John Kurlander decides to place the brief tune on the finish of the medley. When the band hears it again in a while, they admire the shock on the finish. And so, ‘Her Majesty’ unexpectedly seems on the album; initially with out mentioning it on the again cowl, as a result of these have been already printed. The unique spot of ‘Her Majesty’ on Abbey Street remains to be audible: the tune begins with the final tunes of ‘Imply Mr. Mustard’.

Video: Paul McCartney – Her Majesty (dwell)



The medley’s 4 closing songs are from McCartney, beginning with ‘She Got here In By The Rest room Window’, a few fan who broke into McCartney’s dwelling. The final three songs are a unity inside the entire medley: ‘Golden Slumbers’, with lyrics taken from a 17th century poem, ‘Carry That Weight’, together with a reprise of ‘You By no means Give Me Your Cash’, and ‘The Finish’ are collectively a mirrored image on the tough interval of the band.

Audio: Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The Finish


It doesn’t appear to be a coincidence that the final tune of the final recorded album by The Beatles known as ‘The Finish’. The band members although weren’t conscious that it will be over hereafter. However others near the band noticed it coming:

No person knew for positive that it was going to be the final album – however everyone felt it was. The Beatles had gone by a lot and for such a very long time. They’d been incarcerated with one another for almost a decade, and I used to be stunned that they’d lasted so long as they did. I wasn’t in any respect stunned that they’d break up up as a result of all of them wished to guide their very own lives.

George Martin

Video: Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The Finish  (Live performance for Montserrat) 



I realized about Abbey Street within the mid-1980s, fifteen years after the official launch. It has proved to be my begin to go deeper into the band, a starting of a protracted exploration by the large Beatles catalog. The love for the lady who obtained me launched to Abbey Street was over after a couple of months, however The Beatles are nonetheless right here.