Tuesday, March 13, 2012

You Never Give Me Your Money


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"You Never Give Me Your Money" is an album track on Side 2 of the Beatles' "Abbey Road." Paul McCartney apparently had a feeling that the Beatles were on the ropes and were about to become history, so he decided to do something unique for the rock era: form a medley of songs that would conclude the final new album of the Beatles' career. "You Never Give Me Your Money," which chronicles the hardships that the band was going through at the time, begins the medley and was the first song recorded for it. As some consider the Abbey Road medley perhaps the apotheosis of '60s rock, "You Never Give Me Your Money" thus plays a pivotal role in the history of music. It also is one of the most underrated Beatles songs, overshadowed by the enormity of the medley but featuring some fantastic drumming by Ringo Starr and great George Harrison guitar work. The song also briefly reappears later as a reprise in "Carry That Weight," a trick that Paul also would use on Wings' "Band on the Run" album.

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As with "Carry That Weight," Paul wrote, "You Never Give Me Your Money" while in New York with Linda as the Beatles were squabbling over business issues. The main point of contention was Northern Songs, the entity that controlled their catalog of classic compositions. The others wanted to bring in Allen Klein to replace Paul as the group's effective business manager since the death of Brian Epstein in 1967). This involved losing control over Northern Songs, and "You Never Give Me Your Money" is all about that controversy. Paul has said as much:
This was me directly lambasting Allen Klein’s attitude to us: no money, just funny paper, all promises and it never works out. It’s basically a song about no faith in the person, that found its way into the medley on Abbey Road. John saw the humor in it.
This was an issue that in some respects haunts Paul McCartney to this day, as he never did manage to regain control over Northern Songs despite having one or two fleeting opportunities to do so.

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If put on a desert island and offered the choice of one track to take with me, this would be it, but also including the whole Golden Slumbers etc. medley ending as well. The medley just sums it all up and will never be beat. Klein was a bad choice in the end, but, realistically, Paul was never going to get away with his own choice: Linda's attorney father. John probably would have demanded that Yoko manage the group before he allowed Paul's father-in-law to run things.

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You never give me your money
You only give me your funny paper
And in the middle of negotiations
You break down

I never give you my number
I only give you my situation
And in the middle of investigation
I break down

Out of college, money spent
See no future, pay no rent
All the money's gone, nowhere to go
Penny-jobber got the sack
Monday morning, turning back
Yellow lorry slow, nowhere to go

But oh, that magic feeling
Nowhere to go
Oh, that magic feeling
Nowhere to go
Nowhere to go
Ah, ah, ah

One sweet dream
Pick up the bags and get in the limousine
Soon we'll be away from here
Step on the gas and wipe that tear away

One sweet dream
Came true, today
Came true, today
Came true, today
Yes it did

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven
All good children go to heaven

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven
All good children go to heaven

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven
All good children go to heaven

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