Ballad of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe single cover

The cover of the Ballad of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe single.

Old Brown Shoe is a song by The Beatles. It was written by George Harrison and first released on the B-Side of "The Ballad of John and Yoko" on May 30, 1969.


According to George Harrison, "I started the chord sequences on the piano, which I don't really play, and then began writing ideas for the words from various opposites... Again, it's the duality of things – yes no, up-down, left-right, right wrong, etc." This idea can also be seen an earlier Beatles single, "Hello, Goodbye".


However, according to the book included in the Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe release, which includes Take 2 of the song, Starr was still away filming The Magic Christian. The line-up given in the book is as follows:

  • George Harrison – lead vocals,(1957 Gibson Les Paul, 1968 Fender Rosewood Telecaster), organ
  • John Lennon – piano, backing vocals
  • Paul McCartney – drums, bass, backing vocals
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