Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30 January 1969
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Glyn Johns
Released: 8 May 1970 (UK), 18 May 1970 (US)
The opening song of Let It Be’s second half, I’ve Got A Feeling was made up of two half-finished songs joined together.
McCartney wrote the section that gave the song its title; Lennon’s contribution was originally called Everybody Had A Hard Year, and had previously been demoed during the White Album sessions.
As such, it was the pair’s first full and equal collaboration since 1967’s Baby You’re A Rich Man. Lennon and McCartney worked on the song together at the latter’s house in Cavendish Avenue, London.
Each part of the song shows the differences in the two men’s lives at that point. McCartney’s was a love song written about his future wife Linda Eastman, whom he married in March 1969.
Lennon, conversely, had recently divorced his first wife Cynthia and was estranged from their son Julian. Additionally, he was addicted to heroin, his then-girlfriend Yoko Ono had recently suffered a miscarriage, the pair had been arrested for cannabis possession, and his enthusiasm for being a Beatle was at an all-time low.
In the studio
The Beatles first recorded I’ve Got A Feeling on 22 January 1969, their first session after filming Let It Be at Twickenham Film Studios. More takes were recorded over the next two days. One version, from 23 January, was included on Anthology 3. Another, from the 24th, was included on the unreleased Get Back LP.
The Beatles continued work on the song on 27 and 28 January, but it wasn’t until the Apple rooftop performance that they recorded the final version. They recorded two versions of I’ve Got A Feeling, the first of which appeared on the Let It Be album and in the film.
The 2003 album Let It Be… Naked included a composite edit of the two rooftop performances, prepared especially for the release.