It is believed that “We Can Work It Out” was written about his relationship with actress Jane Asher – apparently they worked it out as they remained together for another year and a half. Paul wrote the positive aspect of the song – the verse and chorus, while John wrote the bridge, which attacked the problem from a negative aspect – “Life is very short and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friend . . .” George suggested that the middle and end of the bridge be in ¾ time.
The single, recorded during the “Rubber Soul” sessions in October 1965 and was issued as a double “A” sided single with “Day Tripper” in December. The video was shot in November and was obviously lip synched. I love John's humorous performance - typical Lennon antics. “We Can Work It Out” was a #1 record for the Fab Four. “Day Tripper” charted at #5.
Both songs appeared on the American only release – “Yesterday and Today.” Just another example of Capitol Records getting more mileage with the Beatles releases than did their UK EMI counterpart Parlophone. Parlophone made up for it by releasing “A Collection of Beatles Oldies” in 1966. Both songs appeared on this compilation album along with other non-album singles.
Paul’s vocals are double tracked – a technique the band began doing during the “Beatles For Sale” period. In addition to singing harmony and harmonium, John plays acoustic guitar. While George is seen playing electric guitar on the video, he did not play guitar on the single, but rather tambourine.
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