100 Greatest Beatles Songs

From 'Helter Skelter' to 'Sgt. Pepper's,' ranking of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison's output

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'I Want You (She's So Heavy)'
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59. 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)'

Main Writer: Lennon
Recorded: February 22, April 18 and 20, August 8 and 11, 1969
Released: October 1, 1969
Not released as a single

"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" was the first track started for Abbey Road and one of the last completed. It's a mass of overdubbed guitars, with a slow-building wall of white noise generated by Harrison's brand-new Moog synthesizer ("I had to have mine made specially," he said, "because Mr. Moog had only just invented it"), supplemented with Starr spinning a wind machine found in the studio's instrument closet.

Lennon's lyrics were an experiment in minimalism — for much of the song, he just repeats the lines "I want you/I want you so bad" over and over. "'She's So Heavy' was about Yoko," he told Rolling Stone. "When you're drowning, you don't say, 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me.' You just scream." At the mixing session, Lennon told stunned engineer Geoff Emerick to abruptly cut the tape in the middle of a bar, creating the startling end to the first side of Abbey Road.

Appears On: Abbey Road

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