" is a song written by Paul McCartney
(although credited to Lennon/McCartney
) that appears on The Beatles
' album Abbey Road
. "Her Majesty" is the final track of the album and appears fourteen seconds after the song "The End
", but was not listed on the original sleeve. As such, it is considered one of the first examples of a hidden track
in rock music.
The song was recorded in three takes on 2 July 1969, prior to the Beatles beginning work on "Golden Slumbers
/Carry That Weight
". McCartney sang and simultaneously played an acoustic guitar
accompaniment. The decision to exclude it from the Abbey Road medley
was made on 30 July.
Structure and placement
The song was originally placed between "Mean Mr. Mustard
" and "Polythene Pam
"; McCartney decided that the sequence did not work and the song was edited out of the medley by Abbey Road Studios
tape operator John Kurlander. He was instructed by McCartney to destroy the tape, but EMI policy stated that no Beatles recording was ever to be destroyed. The fourteen seconds of silence between "The End
" and "Her Majesty" are the result of Kurlander’s lead out tape added to separate the song from the rest of the recording.
The loud chord that occurs at the beginning of the song is the ending, as recorded, of "Mean Mr. Mustard".<ref... Read More