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The Beatles Golden Slumbers – Carry that Weight – The End | Paul McCartney’s masterful farewell

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The quartet from Liverpool knew that Abbey Road‘ would be their last album together. Paul McCartney wanted to close the circle in a special way, so he devised a long Medley (songs that should be played together because they have common parts) that would close with a mythical verse that defines it all: “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make“.

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‘Golden Slumbers‘ is The Beatles lullaby 🍼 for the world, a song that brings peace to children and adults, but if that wasn’t enough, its creator, Paul McCartney, thought it would be much better to create a Medley with more songs to close The Beatles career.

  • Thus, he composed ‘Carry That Weight’ and ‘The End’, creating a 3-song musical set.
  • We can find the 3 songs closing The Beatles last album in 1969, ‘Abbey Road‘.
  • Although the tracks are credited to ‘Lennon/McCartney’, they were written by Paul alone.

‘Golden Slumbers’ is based on the poem ‘Cradle Song‘ by Thomas Dekker, which Paul found one day on the piano in his father’s house.

Paul thought it would be perfect to tie in with another piece of song he was working on (Carry That Weight). As McCartney can’t read sheet music, he created his own melody, retaining much of the original text (in black the original, in blue McCartney’s):

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes – Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise – Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry – Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby – And I will sing a lullaby

The song evokes nostalgia, the loss of innocence and that desire to return home, to a safe place. It is simply beautiful 😪

This contrasts with the second part of the medley ‘Carry that Weight, which refers to the problems the band was having internally and with the record company.

  • Paul wanted the track to describe the normal problems that everyone has and then conclude, “you have to carry that weight“.
  • But it ended up being more autobiographical, referring on the one hand to their LSD use 💊, which in the late 70s was excessive, and on the other hand to the problems with Apple Records.
  • Paul couldn’t stand their new manager, Allen Klein, who he refers to in the verse “I never give you my pillow/I only send you my invitations“, alluding to him meddling too much in his music.

The last tune of the Medley is ‘The End’, which closed The Beatles’ incredible career, with words that only Paul McCartney could have written:

And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.

It was unlikely that any Beatle other than Paul McCartney would have ended up writing The Beatles’ epitaph. John Lennon disliked the Abbey Road medley, although he contributed a handful of songs, and at one point wanted his and McCartney’s songs to be on separate sides of the album. George Harrison, meanwhile, had grown tired of McCartney’s dominance within the group and was beginning to devote his energies to other projects. Apart from Ringo Starr, McCartney was the only one who devoted himself fully to the Beatles until the end, and recognised that they deserved a fitting farewell.

  • So much so that the Medley recording was on 2 July 1969 without John Lennon who was in hospital for a car accident 🚑 John would join on 31 July for another recording session.

Paul McCarteny explains the meaning of ‘Carry That Weight

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The Beatles carry that weight meaning

Paul McCartney – ‘Abbey Road’ Session (Facebook image)

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The Beatles signing with their new manager, Allen Klein

The Beatles story behind last album

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Paul McCartney (Facebook Image)

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I’m generally quite upbeat but at certain times things get to me so much that I just can’t be upbeat any more and that was one of the times. We were taking so much acid and doing so much drugs and all this Klein (The Beatles Manager) shit was going on and getting crazier and crazier and crazier. Carry that weight a long time: like for ever! That’s what I meant.

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Generalmente soy bastante optimista, pero en ciertos momentos las cosas me afectan tanto que ya no puedo ser optimista, y ese fue uno de esos momentos. Tomábamos tanto ácido y nos drogábamos tanto y toda esa mierda de Klein (el manager de The Beatles) estaba pasando y volviéndonos cada vez más locos. Llevar ese peso mucho tiempo: ¡como para siempre! A eso me refería.

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Contrary to what it may seem, because McCartney himself always plays the final 3 songs of ‘Abbey Road’, the Medley consists of eight songs, which are performed in a specific sequence without a break:

  1. You Never Give Me Your Money
  2. Sun King
  3. Mean Mr Mustard
  4. Polythene Pam
  5. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
  6. Golden Slumbers
  7. Carry That Weight
  8. The End

Golden Slumbers‘ contains a subtle allusion to ‘You Never Give Me Your Money‘, while the middle section of ‘Carry That Weight‘ is almost identical:

You Never Give Me Your Money

I never give you my number
I only give you my situation
And in the middle of investigation
I break down

Carry That Weight

I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitations
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down

You can’t miss ⭐️ Best parts of the Medley

1. Sorry, I can’t choose, the 91 seconds of ‘Golden Slumbers’ are a masterpiece that thrills with every note.

2. The only verse in ‘Carry That Weight‘ is a delight, with brass and electric guitar accompanying McCartney’s voice.

3. Impossible to forget “the love you take is equal to the love you make“. Can you imagine a better line to close The Beatles’ career?

This is what it says | The Beatles Golden Slumbers – Carry That Weight – The End lyrics

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THE BEATLES | GOLDEN SLUMBERS - CARRY THAT WEIGHT - THE END | LYRICS

GOLDEN SLUMBERS

Once there was a way
To get back homeward

Once there was a way
To get back home

Sleep, pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise

Sleep, pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Once there was a way
To get back homeward

Once there was a way
To get back home

Sleep, pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

CARRY THAT WEIGHT

Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitations
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down

Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

THE END

Oh yeah, all right
Are you going to be in my dreams
Tonight?

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make

LYRICS IN SPANISH

THE BEATLES | GOLDEN SLUMBERS - CARRY THAT WEIGHT - THE END | LYRICS IN SPANISH

GOLDEN SLUMBERS

Hubo una vez una manera
de volver a casa

Hubo una vez una manera
de volver a casa

Duerme, cariño
No llores
Y cantaré una canción de cuna

Sueños dorados llenan tus ojos
Sonrisas te despiertan cuando te levantas

Duerme, mi amor
No llores
Y cantaré una canción de cuna

Hubo una vez una manera
de volver a casa

Hubo una vez una manera
de volver a casa

Duerme, cariño
No llores
Y te cantaré una canción de cuna

CARRY THAT WEIGHT

Chico, vas a llevar ese peso
Llevar ese peso mucho tiempo
Chico, vas a llevar ese peso
Llevar ese peso mucho tiempo

Nunca te doy mi almohada
Sólo te envío mis invitaciones
Y en medio de las celebraciones
Me derrumbo

Chico, vas a llevar ese peso
Llevar ese peso mucho tiempo
Chico, vas a llevar ese peso
Lleva ese peso mucho tiempo

THE END

Oh yeah, all right
¿Vas a estar en mis sueños
esta noche?

Y al final
El amor que recibes
es igual al amor que das

Songwriters: Paul Mccartney / John Lennon | Lyrics © Sony/atv Tunes Llc | Background Image: Paul McCartney (facebook image)

Did you know...?

Scottish band White Trash recorded Golden Slumbers and Carry That Weight a week before The Beatles released Abbey Road.

Paul McCartney didn’t like it at all, however, John Lennon condoned it, saying it was a good imitation.

The famous ending of ‘The End‘, “and in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make“, was written by Paul McCartney inspired by William Shakespeare.

John Lennon commented on that verse:

That’s Paul again, the unfinished song, right? We’re on Abbey Road. Just a piece at the end. He had a line in it [sings] ‘And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give [sic],’ which is a very cosmic, philosophical line. Which again proves that if he wants to, he can think.

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Paul McCartney played the medleyGolden Slumbers – Carry that Weight – The Endat the Royal Albert Hall, with Phil Collins on drums, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler on guitars and Sir George Martin conducting an orchestra and choir. A legendary performance:

On 2 July 1969, the Beatles without John Lennon recorded 15 takes of the songs, although most were incomplete, the first 3 takes were released in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Abbey Road‘ album.

🎬 In the ‘Making of‘ we can see Paul McCartney showing George Harrison and Ringo Starr his ideas for ‘Golden Slumber’ and ‘Carry that Weight’.

Some notable versions of ‘Golden Slumbers’ are:

  • Ben Folds made a nice version in 2001 for the film ‘I Am Sam‘. It was also used by Steven Spielberg in 2022 for ‘The Fabelmans‘.
  • Jennifer Hudson‘s version for the film ‘Sing 🐨’ is our favourite.
  • Elbow‘s version is not to be missed either. If you don’t know Elbow, we recommend this article about ‘One day like this‘.
  • And don’t miss Phil Collins‘ version of the complete medley, included on George Martin’s 1998 album ‘In My Life‘. Phil Collins complete biography here

Technical Note | The Beatles ‘Golden Slumbers – Carry that Weight – The End

✔️ ‘Golden Slumbers’ begins with a soft, lullaby-like tone, played sweetly by piano, bass and strings, but suddenly the drums come on and Paul McCartney switches to a louder tone. Paul explained it like this:

I remember trying to get a very strong vocal on it, because it was such a gentle theme, so I worked on the strength of the vocal on it, and ended up quite pleased with it.

✔️ The melody and harmony are diatonic.

✔️ In the case of ‘The End‘ it is worth mentioning the drum solo by Ringo Starr, something exceptional, as he didn’t like  them. The track also features Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon playing guitar solos.

🎼 Golden Slumbers is played in the key of C major, although it could be interpreted as A minor which is how it begins, its central section is clearly in C major.Carry That Weight‘ has sections in C, but its middle section is A. Finally, ‘The End‘ starts in A major, changing to C at the end.

  • Main chords: C – F7 – C – C – C – F7 – C – E – E – A – D9 – G7 – C
 Beatles golden slumbers chords

The Beatles ‘Golden Slumbers’ vinyl cover

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the beatles golden slumbers

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