Song Lyric Sunday — And In The End

80A69B27-D003-4F86-969E-80ACA8702C0AFor this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams gave us Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top as the theme. The song that came to mind for me was “The End” from the Beatles eleventh studio album, Abbey Road, which was released in September 1969.

Personally, I don’t care what anyone else says. In my opinion, Abbey Road is the best of all of the Beatles albums. To me, it is pure musical and lyrical genius.

“The End” was composed by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It features one of the few drum solos recorded by Ringo Starr. It was the last song recorded collectively by all four Beatles. While it was initially intended to be the final track on Abbey Road, it ended up being followed by “Her Majesty.” Still, it is the final song in the suite of songs on “side two” of the album, which consists mostly of a medley of song fragments edited together to form a single piece. “The End” starts over the end of “Carry That Weight.”

The line, “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make,” one of my personal favorite lines in all of rock music, was essentially the Beatles closing statement. It was the last lyric on the last album they recorded. Let It Be was the last album they released, but it was actually recorded earlier than Abbey Road. It was the end of the band and they knew it, though it wasn’t spoken. The love they collected from everybody was the same intense love that they invested in the band’s work. “The End” was the Beatles’ last message of love.

Here are the lyrics to “The End.”

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

[Drum solo]

[Guitar solos]

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

19 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — And In The End

  1. Ruth January 12, 2020 / 5:21 am

    Sadly my best friend’s husband (a huge Beatles fan) died of cancer in his early 50s, and this song was played at the end of his funeral as the coffin left the church. It was the perfect song for him, and it never fails to make me cry…Great choice!

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  2. Lisa Coleman January 12, 2020 / 6:19 am

    I thought about doing this song. The Beatles are the greatest band in history! Great choice for this prompt!

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  3. newepicauthor January 12, 2020 / 8:01 am

    The line in this song was written by Paul as, “And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give”, but Lennon misquoted it and it came out much better.

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    • Marleen January 12, 2020 / 8:17 am

      That’s one of the best pieces of trivia I’ve ever heard. Is it true, or your creativity?

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      • Fandango January 12, 2020 / 1:10 pm

        No, it’s true, at least according to all of the sources I checked.

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        • Marleen January 12, 2020 / 3:47 pm

          Thanks👍🏻 Great post for the prompt. And… excellent info.

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  4. msjadeli January 12, 2020 / 11:43 am

    Wonderful write-up, Fandango. That song is underrated, as there is that Ringo drum solo and also excellent guitar work in there, not to mention the lyrics. Long Live The Beatles!

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    • Fandango January 12, 2020 / 10:36 pm

      Sadly, half of the Beatles are no longer with us, but the genius of the Fab Four will live on in their music forever.

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  5. J-Dub January 12, 2020 / 12:36 pm

    Nice write up. I’ll listen to this song with a different ear now. A sweet so long. Go Ringo Go! ❤️

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    • Fandango February 16, 2020 / 10:59 pm

      Flandango, huh? Are we related? 😂

      Like

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