Friday, March 26, 2010

"For You Blue"

"For You Blue" is a Beatles song written by George Harrison . It was the B-side to "The Long and Winding Road" (in the U.S.) and the eleventh track on The Beatles' final LP release, Let It Be. "For You Blue" was listed with "The Long and Winding Road" as a double-sided hit when the single hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.


The song features John Lennon playing lap steel guitar with a cigarette lighter as shown in the Let It Be movie. Harrison makes a few spoken comments during the song, including, "Go, Johnny, go," "There go the twelve-bar blues," and "Elmore James got nothin' on this baby," referring to one of the Beatles' musical influences.

Song Name

The song's working title was "George's Blues (Because You're Sweet and Lovely)" when it was recorded on 25 January 1969. It was renamed sometime between 10 March and 28 May when it was listed as "For You Blue" on the final mix for the unreleased Get Back album. When Phil Spector remixed the song for inclusion on the Let It Be album, he added an introduction by Lennon, "The Queen says no to pot-smoking FBI members." This comment was edited in from dialog recorded at Twickenham Studios in early January 1969, long before "For You Blue" was recorded.

The song's title is never used as lyrics in the song.


* George Harrison – vocals, acoustic guitar
* John Lennon – lap steel guitar
* Paul McCartney – piano
* Ringo Starr – drums

Live Performances

This song was part of the set during Harrison's Dark Horse tour of North America in 1974.

On 29 November 2002, Paul McCartney sang this song at the Concert for George, a memorial concert for Harrison held on the first anniversary of his death.

Album: Let It Be
Released: 8 May 1970
Recorded: Apple Studios, 25 January 1969
Genre: Blues
Length: 2:27
Label: Apple, EMI
Writer: George Harrison
Producer: George Martin, Phil Spector


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