You Never Give Me Your Money (4:02)

Cover of Abbey Road

From Abbey Road and 8 other releases

“You Never Give Me Your Money” is a song by The Beatles that opens the climactic medley on side two of the album Abbey Road. It was mainly written by Paul McCartney (though attributed to Lennon/McCartney).

The Beatles recorded 26 takes of “You Never Give Me Your Money” on 6 May 1969, with McCartney on piano and vocals, Lennon and Harrison on guitar and Starr on drums. At this early stage the song ended abruptly prior to the “One two three four five six seven” refrain.

On 1 July McCartney overdubbed lead vocals onto take 30, and added more vocals and chimes on 15 July.

“You Never Give Me Your Money” was originally to segue into “Sun King” with a long organ note. This was recorded along with more vocals on 30 July. They were scrapped the following day, when McCartney completed the song by adding bass guitar and piano. The “Sun King” crossfade was completed on 5 August with a series of tape loops containing the sounds of bells, birds, bubbles and insects

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