We Can Work It Out
The Beatles
Beatles 1966 We Can Work Day Tripp 45

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 or love may soon be gone
We can work it out

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966 for three weeks
  • Hot 100 chart debut: Dec 18, 1965
  • appears on the Capitol Records album Yesterday and Today (1966) released in the U.S.
  • recorded during the Rubber Soul album sessions in 1965
  • on the record:
       Paul McCartney - vocals, bass
       John Lennon - vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, harmonium
       George Harrison - tambourine
       Ringo Starr - drums
  • written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  • Paul McCartney wrote the words and music to the verses and the chorus and then took the song to Lennon: "I took it to John to finish it off, and we wrote the middle together. Which is nice: 'Life is very short. There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.' Then it was George Harrison's idea to put the middle into 3/4 time, like a German waltz. That came on the session, it was one of the cases of the arrangement being done on the session."
  • McCartney refers to "We Can Work It Out" as "a girlfriend song: "I don't remember the circumstances, but I'm clearly saying, 'Try and see it my way, because I'm obviously right.' It may be arrogant, but it's what every man wants to say to every girl. 'Please think of this from my point of view. It might make things easier. It'd certainly make it easier for me.' "
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded October 20, 1965 at Abbey Road Studios, London
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