We Can Work it Out (The Beatles)

13 JANUARY 1966


The Beatles’ ‘Day Tripper’/’We Can Work it Out’ double-A side was still at No.1. It has been claimed that this was the first ever double-A side record. It was also the band’s 11th #1 hit in under two years!

‘We Can Work It Out’ was their most ‘mature’ single release to date, and was in keeping with the general tone of their recent ‘Rubber Soul’ album. It probably wouldn't have made #1 without being packaged with 'Day Tripper'. 

As he later recalled, McCartney wrote the words and music to the verses and the chorus, and then took the song to Lennon:
‘I took it to John to finish it off, and we wrote the middle together. Which is nice: 'Life is very short. There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.' Then it was George Harrison's idea to put the middle into 3/4 time, like a German waltz.’
A-side: 'Day Tripper'
Recorded: 16 October 1965, EMI Studios, London
Released: 3 December 1965 (UK), 6 December 1965 (US)
Highest chart position: #1 (UK), #5 (US)
Length: 2:50
Label: Parlophone (UK), Capitol (US)
Writers: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin

We Can Work it Out (The Beatles)

'Try to see it my way
Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
While you see it your way
Run the risk of knowing that our love may not last long

We can work it out
We can work it out

Think of what you're saying
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's alright
Think of what I'm saying
We can work it out and get it straight, or say goodnight

We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it's a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see your way,
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long

We can work it out
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it's a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long

We can work it out
We can work it out'