Song of the Day #478: ‘Get Back’ – The Beatles

getbackLet it Be is one of my least favorite Beatles albums (all things being relative, of course… it’s better than just about everything but other Beatles records). Some of the songs are just ok and the great songs have been over-produced by Phil Spector.

I’m curious about the Let it Be… Naked release of a few years ago, which presented the album without Spector’s embellishments, although I’ve heard that one is a bit disappointing too.

But the album does have its great moments, not least today’s Song of the Day, Paul’s soulful, groovy masterpiece ‘Get Back.’ The clip below shows the band performing the song during their famous rooftop concert, though I’m not sure if the audio is truly from that performance or spliced in from a studio version.

Billy Preston, one of the few who earned the title “fifth Beatle” over the years, contributes a masterful performance on the electric piano that really gives this song its identity. Preston is the only performer to ever be credited with the band on an official release — the ‘Get Back’ single reads “The Beatles with Billy Preston.” If you look very closely, you’ll see him in the background toward the end of the clip.

Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
But he knew it couldn’t last
Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona
For some California grass

Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, Jojo
Go home

Get back, get back
Back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Back to where you once belonged
Get back, Jo

Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman
But she was another man
All the girls around her say she’s got it coming
But she gets it while she can

Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, Loretta
Go home

Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Oooh…

Get back, Loretta
Your mama’s waiting for you
Wearing her high-heel shoes
And her low-neck sweater
Get back home, Loretta

Get back, get back
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Get back
Oh, yeah

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #478: ‘Get Back’ – The Beatles

  1. Dana says:

    I was all prepared to agree with you that the music had been dubbed over on this clip, but look at it at and after the 2:22 mark, and it seems pretty clear that this is, at the very least Paul’s vocals from that day.

    Definitely one of Paul’s better songs on, as you said, a lesser album. But the standout on this album for me remains Lennon’s Across the Universe. That song seems to just get better with age. Also notable for Paul was The Long and Winding Road.

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