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"Get Back" was the original title to the film and album which became "Let It Be". The whole idea of the album was for the band to 'get back' to their recording roots by playing live and without studio trickery, hence the title. Journalists repeatedly asked Paul if the song had racist meanings, but demo tapes show that the song was originally a satire of people who wanted to keep illegal immigrants out of Britain. Soon Paul had added a few characters and the satire was lost, but the single was enormously successful, selling 2 million copies.
- April 11, 1969 (UK) ("Get Back/Don't Let Me Down" single)
- May 5, 1969 (US) ("Get Back/Don't Let Me Down" single)
- May 18, 1970 (US & UK) (on Let It Be)
- April 2, 1973 (US) (on 1967-70)
- April 19, 1973 (UK) (on 1967-70)
- March 8, 1988 (UK & US) (on Past Masters Vol. 2)
- November 14, 2000 (UK & US) (on Beatles 1)
- Recorded with guest keyboardist Billy Preston. The single version features a longer running time than the album version. The album version is cut short, ending with applause and John saying, "Thank you. On behalf of the group and ourselves. I hope we passed the audition."
- #1, April 23 - June 9, 1969 (6 weeks), Record Retailer (UK)
- #1, May 24 - June 27, 1969 (5 weeks), Billboard (US)
- "Get Back" was the first stereo single The Beatles released in America and was the last UK single to be mixed in mono.