Speaking about "For You Blue" — the B-side of the "Long And Winding Road"
single — composer George Harrison observed that it's "a simple twelve-bar song following all the normal twelve-bar principles, except that it's happy-go-lucky..."Sweet and lovely
, you might say. If he could have been accused of coming on too strong with "I Me Mine"
on the first side of Let It Be
, any such criticisms are breezed away here. George had always proved himself capable of combining his cosmic concerns with an appreciation of more earthly pleasures: more often than not, as in this case, in the form of his then-wife Pattie.I loved you from the moment that I saw you:
You looked at me, that's all you had to do!
An 'in love blues' is, in itself, an unusual concept (the missing final 's' in the title was, apparently, a straightforward spelig misteak), and The Beatles playing a more-or-less straightforward blues was a fairly unusual venture for them. Nevertheless, judging by the film-clips, it was one of their most unified moments in the studio during the whole of the month. The quality of their playing — and of George's vocal — are the real reasons it sounds so 'simple'. Aside from stripping away the delay, the Naked
cut is identical.
Harri's busy acoustic and Ringo's slap-happy drumming rendered a bassline superfluous, allowing Paul to tinker along merrily on the piano. And what about "Go Johnny Go" on lap-slide?Elmore James has got nothin' on this, baby!