"We Can Work It Out" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone
We can work it out,
We can work it out

Think of what you're saying
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's alright
Think of what I'm saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night
We can work it out,
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it's a crime,
So I will ask you once again
Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long
We can work it out,
We can work it out

Life is very short, and there's no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it's a crime,
So I will ask you once again
Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long
We can work it out,
We can work it out


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"We Can Work It Out" as written by John Lennon, Paul Mccartney

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    General CommentAlthough this song talks about a couple, the chorus send a far greater message:
    "Life is very short, and there’s no time,
    For fussing and fighting, my friend..."

    Beautiful song and the music is just amazing.
    I wish it was a bit longer...
    3ssenceon September 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song its just so beautiful, i actually sung it to my exgf...:) didn't work though:( lol
    awakenpunkon October 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaestro's the only one who's getting the point here, in my humble opinion. Though the lyrics seem to be promoting understanding, the narrator is asking the girl to see his point of view. If she doesn't, he says, things may fall apart. He NEVER entertains the notion that he should try to see it her way. It's always seemed to me to be poking fun at a character who can't see that his own stubbornness is sabotaging his relationship. (If this isn't true, then the lyrics are some of the most unintentionally insensitive I've ever seen!)
    eytanmirskyon October 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti have heard this song is about paul and john growing apart makes sense when you look at the lyrics
    DOGbreathon July 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is funny. I mean, sure, on the SURFACE it's all about resolution and making peace, that's what most people think it's about, but once you get under the skin it's basically saying 'yeah, let's stop fighting, though you're a little cocksucker son of a bitch who's WRONG.'
    Powerful stalemate, right it is.

    If I remember corrently, I heard once that Paul and John had some disagreement while writing this song, as John'd come up with this chorus and was unhappy when Paul added on the verse. That's irony for you.

    But basically this song is about a tussle Paul'd gotten in with his then-lady Jane Asher. Paul being rather the male chauvinist he was, he wanted a girl who'd be content to be with him, huge rock star he was. Jane was a tad too liberated for his sake. So he tries to work it out, but misses the whole point of resolution, which is compromise, understanding.

    Good on you, Paul.
    Uncommonon September 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised that the way I always saw this song wasn't more popular on here - I always thought it was sort of a message from Paul to John (and back, when John sings). In a way, I kind of think that, when Paul was with Jane Asher, his relationship with John meant more to him.
    sukebeion December 05, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Maestro's the only one who's getting the point here, in my humble opinion. Though the lyrics seem to be promoting understanding, the narrator is asking the girl to see his point of view. If she doesn't, he says, things may fall apart. He NEVER entertains the notion that he should try to see it her way. It's always seemed to me to be poking fun at a character who can't see that his own stubbornness is sabotaging his relationship. (If this isn't true, then the lyrics are some of the most unintentionally insensitive I've ever seen!) "

    EXACTLY what I was thinking. Couldn't have said it better myself.
    ACatastrophicSmileon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's 100% obvious that this song is about growing differences between Paul and John. (So I agree with DOGbreath, Uncommon & born to run.)

    I'm fairly certain that each wrote the part they sing, since the words totally match their personalities. Paul (the controller) has the parts that start "Try to see it my way...". John (the rebel) has the parts that start with "Life is very short..." Really the lyrics should have spaces between these parts, since they are so distinctly different.

    The reason I feel so certain is that it exactly describes my bro (Paul-like) vs me (John-like). So I know this dynamic close up. Ain't pretty.
    HenryKrinkleon January 06, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's difficult to know what Paul's relationship with Jane Asher was like up close but the Rubber Soul sessions make it pretty clear it was heading for troubled waters by 1965. Jane was a successful actress working with the RSC and Paul was a red blooded male flying around the world as a Beatle. Paul wanted a stay at home wife but Jane went to join the Bristol Old Vic. "We Can Work It Out" is certainly a plea from the heart. John was on hand to give his friend a verse written from the heart.
    winsfordtownon October 29, 2012   Link
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    General Commentno explanation needed. its just about a couple who gets in an argument and he wants it to be better since it's silly to be fighting over this.
    abchak1on June 19, 2002   Link

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