The origin of “We can work it out”

By Jim Campbell

June 28, 2018

This is what is called a “Too for,” or two for one. It happens when two musicians of the Beatles talent, put their heads together to come up with another amazing hit song.

It saves you going to a psychiatrist, you allow yourself to say what you might not say in person.
Paul McCartney


Recorded over two days in sessions amounting to 11-hours – The Beatles’ longest time spent completing a song to date – We Can Work It Out bore the distinctive hallmarks of both its songwriters.

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, ya’know, and me impatient:
‘Life is very short and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.’
John Lennon, 1980
All We Are Saying, David Sheff
So now that you know this. is there any point in fighting?
Is there anything you can’t work out?


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