Sunday Driving

‘Two Of Us’ is the opening song on The Beatles’ final album Let It Be from 1970, and it was written by Paul McCartney about his fondness for getting deliberately lost in the country with his future wife Linda.  The lyrics in this song also summarize Paul’s friendship and creative partnership that he had with John Lennon.  They were both aware that their time as members of The Beatles was drawing to a close.  ‘Two Of Us’ is also thought to contain a reference to The Beatles’ business troubles with Apple, in the line “You and me chasing paper, getting nowhere”.  The song displays the relief felt by McCartney at being able to leave these troubles behind and enjoy uncomplicated moments with Linda who he had married on March 12, 1969 six weeks after the song was recorded.

Linda said that she loved getting lost when she went out for rides with her father and when she moved to England to be with Paul, they would put their dog Martha an Old English sheepdog in the back of the car and drive out of London.  As soon as they were on the open road she would say, “Let’s get lost” and they would keep driving without looking at any signs.  It was during one of those adventures that McCartney composed what he originally titled ‘On Our Way Home’.  They both enjoyed sitting out in nature, and this song was about that, doing nothing, while trying to get lost, hence the line in the song, “Two of us going nowhere.”

The tune Lennon whistles at the end of this song always reminds me of the Woody Guthrie song ‘This Land Is Your Land’.  McCartney initially offered this to the group Mortimer, a New York trio being considered for Apple Records, but they were rejected by the Apple label and their eponymous album remained unreleased until 2017.  ‘Two Of Us’ was not released as a single and Rolling Stone magazine ranked this at #54 of the top 100 Greatest Beatles songs.

Two of us riding nowhere
Spending someone’s
Hard earned pay
Two of us Sunday driving
Not arriving
On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home
Two of us sending postcards
Writing letters
On my wall
You and me burning matches
Lifting latches
On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home
You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead
Two of us wearing raincoats
Standing so low
In the sun
You and me chasing paper
Getting nowhere
On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Just the Two of Us.

13 thoughts on “Sunday Driving

      1. Oh yea…If Brian would have lived…they just might have lasted much longer together. That is where Lennon always said was a dividing point…where everything started to go down.

        Apple was a great idea…send us your tape and we will listen or finance your idea…just not practical. No way Brian does that.

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  1. This is a first class song, no doubt. Besides the lyrics, what stands out for me is Paul’s guitar intro, the harmonizing between Paul and John, and George doing all of the heavy lifting guitar work.

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