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“Old Brown Shoe”
“Old Brown Shoe” cover
Single by The Beatles
A-side "Ballad of John and Yoko"
Released 30 May 1969 (UK)
4 June 1969 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studioes:
16 & 18 April 1969
Genre Rock
Length 3:16
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Get Back" / "Don't Let Me Down"
(1969)
"Old Brown Shoe" / "The Ballad of John and Yoko"
(1969)
"Something"/ "Come Together"
(1969)
I started the chord sequences on the piano, which I don't really play, and then began writing ideas for the words from various opposites: I want a love that's right, But right is only half of what's wrong. Again, it's the duality of things — yes-no, up-down, left-right, right-wrong, etc.

—George Harrison, 1980


George's piano demo of the tune:


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