“Carry That Weight” (and “Golden Slumbers” and “The End”) by The Beatles (1969)

I’m just going to include the whole closing medley from Abbey Road here. Because it makes no sense to include “Golden Slumbers”, “Carry That Weight” and “The End” as individual songs. They’re a suite.

My first copy of Abbey Road was on vinyl. I bought it at a time when no one was buying records anymore, maybe 1996? I got it from some store on 8th Street that disappeared a few years after, along with copies of Off The Wall, Young Americans, and I *think* Purple Rain. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m not even sure why I bought the records. It might’ve just been for the covers, as I’m pretty sure I didn’t have a record player at the time. They must have been cheap. Anyway…

So, I’m guessing I had a copy of Abbey Road on tape at the same time (although my brain keeps turning back to vinyl…so confusing). I knew “Get Back” and “Come Together”, but I’d never heard the closing medley before, and it gobsmacked me. Paul McCartney’s sweet melody syncs up perfectly with some of his most impassioned singing on “Golden Slumbers”. “Carry That Weight” starts off boisterously before switching into yet another beautiful McCartney melody. “The End” sends things off with the classic line “and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” A perfect goodbye from The Beatles to us.

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