Song of the Day #513: ‘We Can Work It Out’ – The Beatles

This weekend I’ll highlight two more of The Beatles’ non-album tracks, starting with the more popular song on their 1965 double-A side release of ‘We Can Work It Out’ and ‘Day Tripper.’

Though Lennon and McCartney shared songwriting credit on every one of their songs, it was very rare that they actually collaborated. ‘We Can Work It Out’ was one of those infrequent collaborations — Paul wrote the verses and chorus while John contributed the bridge (“Life is very hard and there’s no time…”). For that reason, and because it’s so damn good, this is generally considered one of the band’s best songs.

It’s one of my favorites as well. The John and Paul segments blend beautifully, with the different time signatures highlighting the contrasting lyrical perspectives. As daunting as it would be to come up with a top ten or twenty Beatles songs, I’m pretty sure this tune would be on those lists.

Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?
While you see it your way
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone

We can work it out
We can work it out

Think of what you’re saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it’s all right
Think of what I’m saying
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night

We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it’s a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we might fall apart before too long

We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it’s a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we might fall apart before too long

We can work it out
We can work it out

One thought on “Song of the Day #513: ‘We Can Work It Out’ – The Beatles

  1. Dana says:

    I honestly had no idea that so many great Beatles songs were not from their albums and were only singles. I agree that this song would vie amongst the top 10 -20 Beatles tunes.

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