Song of the Day, April 1: We Can Work It Out by the Beatles

BeatlesWeCanWIOToday’s song is a brilliant pop collaboration from a band at the height of their powers. During the sessions for the Beatles’ stunning album Rubber Soul, Paul McCartney brought in a song he had almost finished. Loosely based on his fragmenting relationship with Jane Asher, the song featured some tough optimism blended with clear-eyed realism. John Lennon contributed a middle section, the gripping “life is very short” element, which George Harrison suggested they set in 3/4 time. The result — one of the last truly collaborative writing experiences as the Fab Four pursued their own visions — is a stunner.

We Can Work It Out is one of their finest pop singles, a compelling track with clear, brilliant vocals. Unlike McCartney’s other Asher ode — I’m Looking Through You — the song didn’t make it onto the album. Instead, it has the distinction of being the first single issued, with Day Tripper on the flip, as an intentional two-sided hit, a number one smash around the world.

Enjoy this wonderful classic today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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