For You Blue

For You Blue

Infobox Song
Name = For You Blue

Artist = The Beatles
Album = Let It Be
Released = 8 May 1970
track_no = 11
Recorded = Apple Studios 25 January 1969
Genre = Blues
Length = 2:32
Writer = George Harrison
Label = Apple, EMI
Producer = George Martin, Phil Spector
prev = "The Long and Winding Road"
prev_no = 10
next = "Get Back"
next_no = 12
"For You Blue" is a Beatles song written by George Harrison for his wife Pattie Boyd, who would be the subject of many of his love songs, including "It's All Too Much" and arguably "Something".

"For You Blue" was the B-side to "The Long and Winding Road" (in the U.S.) and the eleventh track on The Beatles' final LP release, "Let It Be". "For You Blue" was listed with "The Long and Winding Road" as a double-sided hit when the single hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.

The song features John Lennon playing lap steel guitar"The Beatles Complete Scores" (Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Publishing, 1993. ISBN0-7935-1832-6), p. 293] with a shotgun shell as shown in the Let It Be movie. Harrison makes a few spoken comments during the song, including, "Go, Johnny, go" during Lennon's solo, and "Elmore James got nothing on this baby", perhaps referring to James' song "Madison Blues" which is similar to "For You Blue".

The song's working title was "George's Blues (Because You're Sweet and Lovely)" when it was recorded on 25 January, 1969.Mark Lewisohn, "The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions" (London: The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1988, ISBN 0-681-03189-1), p. 166] It was renamed sometime between 10 March and 28 May when it was listed as "For You Blue" on the final mix for the unreleased "Get Back" album.Lewisohn, p. 176] When Phil Spector remixed the song for inclusion on the "Let It Be" album, he added an introduction by Lennon, "The Queen says no to pot-smoking FBI members." This comment was edited in from dialog recorded at Twickenham Studios in early January, 1969, long before "For You Blue" was recorded.Lewisohn, p. 198]

This song was part of the set during his Dark Horse Tour of North America in 1974.

On 29 November 2002, Paul McCartney sang this song at the "Concert for George", a memorial concert for Harrison held on the first anniversary of his death.


ee also

*Hot 100 number-one hits of 1970 (USA)

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