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The Beatles — I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Album: Abbey Road
Avg rating:
8.4

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Total ratings: 2239









Released: 1969
Length: 7:43
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I want you
I want you so bad
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

I want you
I want you so bad, babe
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me

I want you
I want you so bad, babe
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

I want you
I want you so bad
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me

She's so
Heavy
Heavy, heavy, heavy

She's so
Heavy
She's so heavy, heavy, heavy

I want you
I want you so bad
Want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

I want you
You know I want you so bad, babe
I want you
You know I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
It's driving me mad

Yeah

She's so...
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I never noticed until today that this is nearly an 8 minute song! Time flies when your having flashbacks.
 taklalaratar wrote:
does anyone can give me a job here? very boring.
 
Maybe you can give yourself a hand job rather than bitching. 
 Jackalope1 wrote:
I don't think there is any other rock band in history that change or evolved so much in such a short period of time as these guys.
 
No doubt, especially when one realizes that their recording career was only about 7 years long. I can't imagine a band today innovating that much in 20 years. What a decade...
does anyone can give me a job here? very boring.
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Love George's solo and the changes in tempo
 
And Paul's bass... 
Is that Billy Preston in the background with the swirling keyboards?
I don't think there is any other rock band in history that change or evolved so much in such a short period of time as these guys.
John got pretty heavy into in to smack for a bit there at the end. I think it's pretty clear what this song is about. Regardless it's a landmark piece. Beatles at their best, always breaking new ground with innovation and diversity.
 Bleyfusz wrote:
I can't help it, there's something odd about the above album sleeve: four pedestrians, at least two of them dressed in what looks like business suites, crossing a street and accurately coordinating their steps, like under severe supervision. Is it meant to be ironic? Or am I just getting to philosophical about an iconic pop image?
 
Was part of the prank that"Paul is Dead." He was walking out of step, bare feet representing death.

Yet I can't remember what I ate for lunch.  
My daughter (b. 1979) once uttered these scornful words to me: "Beatles, Schmeatles." Sometime later she heard "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" on the radio for the first time and said "this is the greatest song ever written. It's the Platonic ideal of rock songs. Who was that?" 
Heh.
Only 5 - Decent to me going down to 4  and PSD

 coloradojohn wrote:
I am always and eternally stunned and in awe of the bass on this priceless jam; not far in at all, and there's Paul, doing some sort of subterranean sonic excavation and magic with his fingers, and next thing I know my spine's all a-tingle and my brain lights right up... 
 
I KNOW RIGHT!?!?  Paul is a phenomenal bassist.
My childhood memories
Original stoner music
Your mama's so heavy.
 bruceandjenna wrote:
How many nights,  years ago,  I feel asleep to this album.   Drifting off to this song.  Which comes to that abrupt end here.  Suddenly awake,  then gone again. 

 
That ending is a doozy for sure.
I can hear the evolution, but I still can't believe that the Frog Chorus sprang from these genes.
How many nights,  years ago,  I feel asleep to this album.   Drifting off to this song.  Which comes to that abrupt end here.  Suddenly awake,  then gone again. 
Only 5 - Decent to me
 martyn1 wrote:
plenty of beatles yet no beach boys

 
There are more than a dozen Beach Boys songs on the playlist.
Great Song from the greatest band.
 pinto wrote:
Oh, my word!  This album cover was presented with emphasis as Exhibit A during the three day apocalyptic social tsunami about 45 years ago known as "Paul is Dead".  After all, Paul is the only one of the four smoking a cigarette in that picture.  He's the only one who's barefoot. He's the only one in-stride with left foot forward.  And since no one could remember the last time Paul had been spotted, that could mean only one thing - Paul had died!  Hey, should we start this rumor again?
 
And wasn't there further nonsense such as Ringo in his dark suit represented the last rites priest, Paul was wearing a "burial suit"(?) and George in his denims represented the grave digger?! And John, in his white suit? Who knows, maybe he represented God Him/Herself. Of course, it all makes perfect sense!
If it's true, I saw an incredible Paul cover band recently.  ; )
 Bleyfusz wrote:
I can't help it, there's something odd about the above album sleeve: four pedestrians, at least two of them dressed in what looks like business suites, crossing a street and accurately coordinating their steps, like under severe supervision. Is it meant to be ironic? Or am I just getting to philosophical about an iconic pop image?

 
Oh, my word!  This album cover was presented with emphasis as Exhibit A during the three day apocalyptic social tsunami about 45 years ago known as "Paul is Dead".  After all, Paul is the only one of the four smoking a cigarette in that picture.  He's the only one who's barefoot. He's the only one in-stride with left foot forward.  And since no one could remember the last time Paul had been spotted, that could mean only one thing - Paul had died!  Hey, should we start this rumor again?
 coloradojohn wrote:
I am always and eternally stunned and in awe of the bass on this priceless jam; not far in at all, and there's Paul, doing some sort of subterranean sonic excavation and magic with his fingers, and next thing I know my spine's all a-tingle and my brain lights right up... 
 
Yeah.  I got sold on the Beatles as great musicians — all four of them — after a buddy got a killer stereo.  We'd get intoxicated, listen to this, the White Album, Rubber Soul, and Magical Mystery Tour ...... and all the little audible details became so clear.  Fuzz boxes, ride cymbals and crash cymbals, and the vocal harmonies!

The four players and the gent behind the mixing board made a significant contribution to mankind's music library. 

Many Beatles Tunes are better 

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

 is a 5 for me


I can't help it, there's something odd about the above album sleeve: four pedestrians, at least two of them dressed in what looks like business suites, crossing a street and accurately coordinating their steps, like under severe supervision. Is it meant to be ironic? Or am I just getting to philosophical about an iconic pop image?
 markybx wrote:
Sometimes you just have to stop what you're doing listen and let it flow over you.

 
I'm letting it flow......
Love George's solo and the changes in tempo
{#Guitarist}    {#Notworthy}    {#Music}
very good set this morning! Hearing very loud R>P whilest cooking cranberry sauce and Pumpkin soup. Bless the computer freaks for all this technical things, so we can hear all over the world this fantastic music!
Sometimes you just have to stop what you're doing listen and let it flow over you.
I am always and eternally stunned and in awe of the bass on this priceless jam; not far in at all, and there's Paul, doing some sort of subterranean sonic excavation and magic with his fingers, and next thing I know my spine's all a-tingle and my brain lights right up... 
 kingart wrote:

Do what I do when I read garbage like this about distinctive and memorable tracks. Turn up the volume! 

 
I just do not get the Beatles.  I fully understand their importance in music but they just hurt my ears.
 Dazzerb wrote:
 
do what I do when you hear garbage like this and hit the magic PSD button!

 
Do what I do when I read garbage like this about distinctive and memorable tracks. Turn up the volume! 
One of my favourite from the Beatles.

Best part : She's so... 

heeeeeeavy!
 Yeoleman wrote:

I concur.

 
Yes and "You Never Give Me Your Money"  is the best tract.
 Stefen wrote:
I've long thought that this was The Beatles best album.

 
I concur.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
{#Frustrated}  Does it ever end? 

 
 treatment_bound wrote:

 

Yes, ABRUPTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!



  

{#Cheesygrin}
I've long thought that this was The Beatles best album.
I wish the original recording had Bill saying "...and so it ends". Smooth :D
thankful for landing here on psd
So much going on in this song; like a final, effortless showcase of the group talents of these masters.
Let's see, an amazing 8.6 rating from the RP community.
Yes, it lasts longer than 2 minutes; boo hoo.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
{#Frustrated}  Does it ever end? 

  
do what I do when you hear garbage like this and hit the magic PSD button!
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
{#Frustrated}  Does it ever end? 

 
The outro does go on for a loooonnnngggg time. 'Repititious' would be an understatement. But other than that a most excellent tune IMO.
She's so oh !
plenty of beatles yet no beach boys
Luckily, there is the PSD button!
 

AhhtheMusic wrote:
{#Frustrated}  Does it ever end? 

 


 AhhtheMusic wrote:
{#Frustrated}  Does it ever end? 

 

 

Yes, ABRUPTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!


 AhhtheMusic wrote:
{#Frustrated}  Does it ever end? 

 
No.
{#Frustrated}  Does it ever end? 
Always loved this one! Hey Bill and Rebecca - ever thought about playing any Beach Boys off of Pet Sounds?
 timmywilson wrote:

and on the back of the album, Ringo, George, and John were all facing the camera while Paul was facing backward.  And then there were the rumors about hearing the phrase "Paul is dead" if you played some part of the Album backwards.  Or was that when the White Album came out?  Hard to keep all the theories and rumors straight anymore.  

 
Actually the backwards song is on the White Album ('Number nine..number nine' becomes 'turn me on dead man'—and it really DOES sound like that, I've tried it). And the Paul's back to the camera instance is not on the back cover of Abbey Road, but the back cover of Sgt. Pepper. There are a bunch of other 'clues' on the Sgt. Pepper cover too. So, it would appear the rumor persisted through at least three albums.


 Pedro1874 wrote:
Can anyone remember what it was about this album cover that sparked the rumour that Paul was dead?...

"Front cover
Paul is barefoot, which is how corpses are buried. John, in white, represents the preacher, George, in denim, represents the gravedigger, Ringo, all in black, represents the pallbearer. (No pun intended.)
Paul's eyes are closed, he's walking out of step with the others, and smoking a cigarette in the "wrong" hand (Paul being a leftie).
The license plate on the Volkswagon reads "LMW 28IF." Paul would have been 28 IF he was still alive. (Paul was 27.)"


 stangalbraith wrote:

As I recall, it centered around  the fact that Paul was barefoot while everyone else was wearing footwear. That was enough to fuel the rumors and send them to a new height.

 
and on the back of the album, Ringo, George, and John were all facing the camera while Paul was facing backward.  And then there were the rumors about hearing the phrase "Paul is dead" if you played some part of the Album backwards.  Or was that when the White Album came out?  Hard to keep all the theories and rumors straight anymore.  
dang that's still so killer all these years later..{#Cheers}
 Pedro1874 wrote:
Can anyone remember what it was about this album cover that sparked the rumour that Paul was dead?

I come from a generation that looked forward in great anticipation to the release date of a new album and often reserved it at the local record shop weeks in advance.  I really miss that part of music these days.  I still have all my original Beatles' albums (vinyl of course).  How good were the Beatles?  I am reminded of the fact every time I hear a track on RP like this that I haven't heard for a while -  1969!  Genius's {#Yes}

 
As I recall, it centered around  the fact that Paul was barefoot while everyone else was wearing footwear. That was enough to fuel the rumors and send them to a new height.
Can anyone remember what it was about this album cover that sparked the rumour that Paul was dead?

I come from a generation that looked forward in great anticipation to the release date of a new album and often reserved it at the local record shop weeks in advance.  I really miss that part of music these days.  I still have all my original Beatles' albums (vinyl of course).  How good were the Beatles?  I am reminded of the fact every time I hear a track on RP like this that I haven't heard for a while -  1969!  Genius's {#Yes}
 linzie wrote:
Wow, really? it's perfect BECAUSE it plays the Beatles & ESPECIALLY Neil Young.....when you can learn to spell and appreciate.....then post
 
Thank you, linzie! 
 alexpohlenz wrote:
Radio Paradise would be perfect without the Beatles (and Neal Young).

  Wow, really? it's perfect BECAUSE it plays the Beatles & ESPECIALLY Neil Young.....when you can learn to spell and appreciate.....then post

 ajlept wrote:

Look Ma, no cowbell!

 
More cowbell, please!
 dwhayslett wrote:

You were under the impression that Bill is in his studio 24x7x365?

 
He breaks out of that cage All. The. Time.  {#No}

Paul must have loved this song... 
 mgkiwi wrote:

Hmmm, so that proves it, RP is not live. Bill just repeated the same thing!!!!!!!! Obviously a recurring loop, a bit disappointing!!!!!!

 
You were under the impression that Bill is in his studio 24x7x365?
Radio Paradise would be perfect without the Beatles (and Neal Young).
 ter666 wrote:
What's longer, the end of this song, or the end of Don't Fear the Reaper?  Enough already.

 
Look Ma, no cowbell!
I thought that was Billy Preston on the Hammond. Classic that gets better with age!
 mgkiwi wrote:

Hmmm, so that proves it, RP is not live. Bill just repeated the same thing!!!!!!!! Obviously a recurring loop, a bit disappointing!!!!!!

 
The 'loop' gets refreshed.  Doing it all live would be prohibitively expensive and, frankly, not very beneficial given the style and nature of the radioparadise.com.  
NOW THAT IS A BADASS GODLIKE 10  (oh and I love that bluesy guitar instrumental section in the middle with Sir Paul's killer bass line infusion throughout..  {#Cheers}
This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere...


Brilliant- originally meant to end the album but they they flipped the running order of the album at the last minute.
Played it for someone and they didn't realise they'd just listened to The Beatles!
What a memorable end riff. I have listened to this song endless times, but the final bit is so dreamy that the end always catches me by surprise.
 tkelley wrote:
Hey. look, Paul's out of step in the picture....he must be dead!

 
He's also barefoot ;)
 westslope wrote:

This was never a favourite album back then (though I adore lots of Beatles material that precedes Abby Road). 

So it really cracked me when Bill just commented on the song that this is an ending that only the Beatles could get away with. (rough paraphrase).



 
Hmmm, so that proves it, RP is not live. Bill just repeated the same thing!!!!!!!! Obviously a recurring loop, a bit disappointing!!!!!!
I want you, she's so heavy! Hmmmmm {#Cowboy} Drugs do work!! Never got the Beatles, still don't!!! Nice end riff though - they should have down more instrumentals!!
 LPCity wrote:
I remember reading an article about a producer that was working with Metallica (I can't stand them so I can't remember why I was reading the article in the first place, but still...)

ANYWAY, he was talking about playing this cut and all the guys in the band listening to it intently, especially the end riff, and them going "man, what a solid, heavy riff, who is this?"  Uh, the Beatles.

It probably says tons about heavy metal bands and Metallica in particular.  Someone more articulate can probably expound on it better than I.


 
Watch "This is Spinal Tap". ROFL
Kudos Bill, for reassuring us less familiar with the Beatles that the abrupt ending is not poor radiomanship.

This was never a favourite album back then (though I adore lots of Beatles material that precedes Abby Road). 

So it really cracked me when Bill just commented on the song that this is an ending that only the Beatles could get away with. (rough paraphrase).


Sounds great coming out of my tiny Macbook speakers, that George Martin...
 Dstiven wrote:
Amazing! Probably my favourite Beatles song.

I almost refuse to believe the same people are also responsible for such atrocities as Obladi oblada {#Stupid}

 

Heck I love both songs equally!
Look 20 Justin Bieber fans gave this a ONE....
 Easily one of my favorite Beatle tunes....


i really hate when i wake up, scan the "last 6 hrs" playlist and find i've missed a song like this.....bummmer  {#Grumpy}
 Orodrigues wrote:
For Beatles, no words. Just 10. 

 
10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

this song's so HEAVAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
For Beatles, no words. Just 10. 
What's longer, the end of this song, or the end of Don't Fear the Reaper?  Enough already.

Very favorite song from this album.  Lennon magic and incredible bass by you know who...... 


LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey. look, Paul's out of step in the picture....he must be dead!
used to watch my woofers flex madly to this song    HEAVY
DAMN, that's some good music.
"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"—everything I love/hate with the Beatles.

This song is soooo marvelous...
 

Ugh, please stop repeating that lyric!


major distortion coming thru on this tune - is it my system or is it the beatles ?
Heavvvvvyyyyyyyyy.....


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this summer day...

 
Can there possibly be such a thing as 'my favorite Beatles song?' That is a hard one. It would be like asking me which of my children is my favorite. Impossible, the question is just wrong. I love them each for each their own distinctive qualities. So it is with Beatles songs. And I sure do love and appreciate the sublime qualities of this particular song.
Not my favorite album of theirs but this song has always been terrific.  I find I prefer John's songs to the others.  Of course that doesn't mean the others are tripe.  Not at all.  For example, "While my Guitar ..." is still a great song.  I just always seemed to like John's output (Day in the Life is my favorite from Sgt Pepers; Tomorrow Never Knows from Revolver; In my Life is a great one from Rubber Soul).  And then John's solo output was better than either Paul's or George's.
Elbow was right on, too!
Amazing! Probably my favourite Beatles song.

I almost refuse to believe the same people are also responsible for such atrocities as Obladi oblada {#Stupid}
 neuticle wrote:
love John, George, Ringo and the other guy enough..but not this one...
 

you have obviously never heard this through headphones!
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This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this spring day...

 
love John, George, Ringo and the other guy enough..but not this one...
 Phototrekker wrote:
UHG! Geez - seems like this song will never end... and then yes, finally!!
 
...wish it would NEVER end....I love it, and you'll turn the channel...


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this spring night...

 
I remember reading an article about a producer that was working with Metallica (I can't stand them so I can't remember why I was reading the article in the first place, but still...)

ANYWAY, he was talking about playing this cut and all the guys in the band listening to it intently, especially the end riff, and them going "man, what a solid, heavy riff, who is this?"  Uh, the Beatles.

It probably says tons about heavy metal bands and Metallica in particular.  Someone more articulate can probably expound on it better than I.

UHG! Geez - seems like this song will never end... and then yes, finally!!


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this winter day...

 
 angelomisterioso wrote:
best Beatle album?
 
best Beatle album!!!

If I am ever stranded on that desert island with only one disk to listen to....this is it.
Hokey smokes Rocky, but did I love this album or what!
best Beatle album?
 Dr. Emmett L. Brown said to Marty McFly!

 
Decoy wrote:

spoken in 1955, 1969 is the future. I remember when this was all farm land as far as the eye can see.  Old man Peabody owned all of this.He had this crazy idea about breeding pine trees.
 


One of my least favorite Beatles songs. Perhaps I overplayed the record as a kid, but now the simplistic lyrics just grate on me.


Everyone in my hotel room loves this song...


 
really need the few seconds of dead air at then end...going right into SuperHeavy Energy is just wrong.
 rdo wrote:
Great lyrics!   How original.   Who could ever come up with such a line as " I want you so bad"  ?   Genius.   I think they should repeat it another 600 times.  That would really sound great.
 
I hope you're being sarcastic, which would mean I totally agree.
The music's very nice though, although I'm not sure about the the abrupt cutoff in the middle of the full 1.21 GW orchestra.
(One point twenty one jigga watts? Great Scott! etc.)

 Phototrekker wrote:
Not a fan of this song - and it gets way too much airplay lately
You think you have worries. Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't take Lorraine out that he'd melt my brain.

burdell wrote:
This song is driving me mad, it's driving me mad. This song is clearly from the Beatles "cash the checks and phone it in" period.
Well, "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."


Not a fan of this song - and it gets way too much airplay lately
I really do love the en