A lament about The Beatles’ business wranglings of early 1969, You Never Give Me Your Money was written by Paul McCartney and was the genesis of the ‘long medley’ that dominated the second half of the Abbey Road album.
“This was me directly lambasting Allen Klein’s attitude to us: no money, just funny paper, all promises and it never works out. It’s basically a song about no faith in the person, that found its way into the medley on Abbey Road. John saw the humour in it.” (Paul McCartney, IN Many Years From Now, Barry Mile)
‘Funny paper’ – that’s what we get. We get bits of paper saying how much is earned and what this is and that is, but we never actually get it in pounds, shilling and pence. We’ve all got a big house and a car and an office, but to actually get the money we’ve earned seems impossible.