We Can Work It Out (2:15)

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“We Can Work It Out” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles as a “double A-sided” single with “Day Tripper”, the first time both sides of a single were so designated in an initial release. Both songs were recorded during the Rubber Soul sessions. The song is an example of Lennon/McCartney collaboration at a depth that happened only rarely after they wrote the hit singles of 1963. This song, “A Day in the Life”, and “I’ve Got A Feeling” are among the notable exceptions

McCartney wrote the words and music to the verses and the chorus, with lyrics that “might have been personal” and thus a reference to his relationship with Jane Asher. McCartney then took the song to Lennon: “I took it to John to finish it off and we wrote the middle together.” According to Lennon, he “did the middle eight.”
With its intimations of mortality, Lennon’s contribution to the twelve-bar bridge contrasts typically with what Lennon saw as McCartney’s cajoling optimism.[6] As Lennon told Playboy in 1980, “You’ve got Paul writing, ‘We can work it out / We can work it out’—real optimistic, y’know, and me, impatient: ‘Life is very short, and there’s no time / For fussing and fighting, my friend.’”[5] Based on those comments, some critics overemphasized McCartney’s optimism, neglecting the toughness in passages written by McCartney, such as “Do I have to keep on talking until I can’t go on?”.


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