“For You Blue” is a Beatles song written by George Harrison. It was the B-side to “The Long and Winding Road” (in the US) 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 reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.
The song features John Lennon playing lap steel guitar.[1] 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 the legendary slide guitar player.
The song’s working title was “George’s Blues (Because You’re Sweet and Lovely)” when it was recorded on 25 January 1969.[2] 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.[3] Lennon can be heard on the session tapes reading this title off a list of songs The Beatles had been working on, and dialog suggests that this was an error in writing and the title was actually meant to be “For You Blues”.[4] 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.[5]

Edited by BostonIrish on 24 Jan 2010, 04:45

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