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"Dig It"

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It ain't difficult to dig that the fifty seconds of "Dig It" was dug out from a longer piece of studio ad-libbing. Some of the best times The Beatles had during project Get Back / Let It Be were the jams: from rock 'n' roll medleys and chestnuts from their own back-catalogue, to stuff like this...

Over a garagey barrage of piano, organ and guitars, and a noisy barrage of Ringo, it's mainly Lennon's made-up-on-the-spot "lyric" which is featured on the LP — though longer takes reveal Macca throwing in his tuppence-worth (and a kazoo) with equal zeal. In fact, dig this: the writing credit goes to Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey.

Like a Rolling Stone...

How does it feel to be like Mick and Keef and a Bob song all at once? Pretty damn fine, judging by the enthusiasm of the vocal — probably better than being a Beatle, in any case.

Quippin' away blithely 'bout the FBI and CIA, Johnnie clearly had no inkling of the files they'd be accumulating on him a few years down the line.

You can dig it if you want it,
An' if you want it you can dig it...


Y'can't help but wonder if Phil Spector's placement of BB King and Doris Day on the album wasn't perhaps suggested by the bespectacled one: especially with the "hark the angels" jibe (from yet another take) being tacked on as an irreverent intro to the ensuing anthem...

Anyway, if you don't dig it you can skip it — as Paul did for Naked, stripping it from the tracklist and thus missing a perfect opportunity to dig out the extended take, which he seemed to've dug well enough back then.

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