The Beatles

All Together Now

Composed by John Lennon / Paul McCartney

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"All Together Now" was a song written to appear in the animated feature film Yellow Submarine and recorded entirely in a short six-hour session in May of 1967. The song has the feel of a children's nursery rhyme, specifically created by Paul McCartney to match the same light-hearted spirit of "Yellow Submarine."

The music is centered on a bouncy jangle of acoustic guitars and a simple bomping bass line, the rhythm backed only by a bumping bass drum. The dulcet melody supports the child-like simplicity of the lyrics as McCartney sweetly sings, "One, two, three, four/Can I have a little more?/Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten/I love you/A, B, C, D/Can I bring a friend to tea?/E, F, G, H, I, J...love you." Lennon provides the response vocal to each backing line, "Bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp ba bomp" with the short rhymes, "Sail the ship/Chop the tree/Skip the rope/Look at me." The oft-repeated chorus line seems to include whoever may have been hanging around the studio at the time, asked to joining in the party atmosphere, providing the gang shoutalong, "All together now!" A loosely played harmonica and an off-key horn contribute to the fun. The tempo gradually increases as the incessant title chant continues, with McCartney quickly adding an "All together now" on his own in between each line as handclaps push the pace forward until the final shout of "All To-geth-er Now!" dissolves into spontaneous applause.

The song was featured twice during the Yellow Submarine film, both in an animated sequence and as the concluding song to the film's finale, the actual Beatles appearing on film and providing the one-two-three-four count-off to the song. "All Together Now" would not be released on record until the soundtrack to the film was released in January of 1969.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Yellow Submarine 1969 EMI 2:11
Yellow Submarine [Film] 1969 MGM 2:08
No Image 1992 Toshiba EMI
The Ultimate Box Set 1995 Capitol 2:13
Yellow Submarine Songtrack 1999 Apple Records / Parlophone 2:10
As It Happened: The Classic Interviews 2000 Enlightenment 6:10
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set 2009 EMI 2:09
The Beatles USB 2009 Capitol 2:10
The Beatles in Mono [Vinyl Box Set] 2014 Capitol
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