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And in the end ...
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And in the end ...

The very last songs ever recorded by The Beatles were the medley on Side B of Abbey Road.  The songs are "Golden Slumbers”, “Carry That Weight” and “The End”.  If you have listened to the album, you will know that after “The End’, there is a significant pause then the whimsical ditty “Her Majesty’s a Pretty Nice Girl” starts playing.

This unexpected delay with its surprise ending was considered revolutionary and has been successfully imitated by several other top bands, including Australia’s “Crowded House”.  The real surprise, however, is that “Her Majesty’s a Pretty Nice Girl” was meant to fit between “Mean Mr Mustard” and “Polythene Pam”.  You can hear how well they fit together if you have the technology to experiment and listen.

Paul McCartney felt unsure about the original placement so the sound engineer, John Kurlander, placed the royal song at the end of all the others until Paul decided whether or not he was going to keep it.  It was not intended to stay as the final song but when Paul heard it pop up after everything else was sung, he realised “Her Majesty’s a Pretty Nice Girl” had found its ideal home.  Everyone was so used to The Beatles completely reinventing the recording process that the odd placement of “Her Majesty’s a Pretty Nice Girl” was completely accepted as yet another Beatles brilliant invention.

Sir Paul McCartney was finally able to sing “Her Majesty’s a Pretty Nice Girl” to the woman he wrote it for at her Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.

“Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
but she doesn’t have a lot to say.
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
but she changes from day to day.
I want to tell her that I love her a lot
but I’ve got to get a belly full of wine.
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl.
Someday, I’m going to make her mine,
Oh Yeah.  Someday I’m going to make her mine.”

“And, in the end,
 the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

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