The End / The Beatles

Paul Schatzkin
Feb 9, 2016 · 2 min read

I watched a video today I was stalling From the real work I tell myself I’m supposed to do which is writing. But when you’re just making shit up and there’s no deadline, it’s not like there is any really motivation to stay focused.

And there are endless distractions most of them right at our finger tips just a click away from the window where we’re supposed to be doing our actual “work.”

So while wallowing in that work-free vacuum I let myself get distracted by a video clip about The Beatles.

It was just a minute from the second side of Abbey Road – The guitar solos At the end of “The End”

In text displayed over photos, the studio engineer is describing how that last minute came to be. After Ringo’s drum solo The three guitar players agreed to “trade twos” — each soloing for two bars First John Then George Then Paul two bars apiece They go around like that three times recorded live and in real time First John Then George Then Paul Then John Then George Then Paul

And then the Beatles were over.

And the witness tells us:

“…as they were performing, they realized: they might never get to play together again.”

Ten years later John Lennon would no longer even be among the living and George Harrison would finally dismiss a nagging query by firing back that “There will be no Beatles reunion so long as John Lennon remains dead…” And now George is gone, too.

When asked once what ONE album I would want to have were I stranded on a desert island My answer was easy: “The Beatles — Abbey Road”

I still have the vinyl copy that I bought the day it came out in 1969 I played that one so many times I had to buy another. That one lasted me until I got the CD. And then I ripped the CD on to a hard drive And now I just listen to it From the cloud.

Every time I hear “The End” I think “Yeah, that was the end.”

I tried to get back to this work that I tell myself I’m doing. But no matter how much I tried I couldn’t get past this:

I was 13 when The Beatles played Ed Sullivan I am 65 now And even if I live to be 100, I will never do anything as great as what the Beatles did.

And they did all that before they were 30.