Friday, January 13, 2006

All Together Now

AUTHORSHIP McCartney (1.00)
"All Together Now" was a number in the musical-hall tradition.
McCARTNEY: "When they were singing a song, to encourage the audience to join in they'd say 'All together now!' so I just took it and read another meaning into it, of we are all together now. So I used the dual meaning. It's really a children's song. I had a few young relatives and I would sing songs for them. I used to do a song for kids called 'Jumping Round the Room', very similar to 'All Together Now', and then it would be 'lying on your backs', all the kids would have to lie down, then it would be 'skipping round the room', 'jumping in the air'. It's a play away command song for children. It would be in G, very very simple chords, only a couple of chords, so that's what this is. There's a little subcurrent to it but it's just a sing-along really. A bit of a throwaway." Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now

May 12, 1967, at Abbey Road

McCARTNEY: bass, acoustic guitar, lead vocal
LENNON: banjo, backing vocal
HARRISON: harmonica, backing vocal
STARR: drums, finger cymbals

The Beatles sing this in an appearance at the end of the film Yellow Submarine.

LENNON: "I enjoyed it when football crowds in the early days would sing 'All Together Now.' " Red Mole (March 8-22, 1971) via Beatles in Their Own Words

No comments: