Bill Gates says Beatles song perfectly explains relationship with Jobs

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, rivals and friends.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, rivals and friends.
Photo: AllThingsD

Bill Gates has a song in his heart for the late Steve Jobs. Yes, they were fierce rivals as they pioneered products that revolutionized personal computing, but the competition mellowed into a good friendship.

So when Gates, in an interview on BBC show Desert Island Discs, was asked to choose eight songs and why they are meaningful to him, he had one picked out for Jobs — “Two of Us” by The Beatles.

“In the early years, the intensity had always been about the project, and so when Steve got sick, it was far more mellow in terms of talking about our lives and our kids,” Gates said during the interview, which covered his childhood, wife Melinda, charity and ruthlessness. “Steve was an incredible genius, and I was more of an engineer than he was. But anyway, it was fun. It was more of a friendship that was reflective, although tragically then he couldn’t overcome the cancer and died.”

You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

Excerpts from the interview with host Kristy Young can be found here. The show asks guests to pick out songs and explain their personal significance.

The other songs picked by Gates included:

“Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie: Gates said this song brings him back to his 20s and 30s, when he worked a lot but occasionally blew off steam by dancing on a Friday or Saturday night.

“Blue Skies” by Willie Nelson: Gates talked about how he surprised his wife in Hawaii with meeting Nelson on a beach.

“Sing” by Ed Sheehan: Daughter Phoebe, 13, likes this one.

Are You Experienced, Jimi Hendrix: An older Paul Allen would taunt Gates with the title of this song.

“One” by U2: Brings back memories of his first meeting with Bono and the singer’s thoughts on global health.

“How Can Love Survive” from The Sound of Music: A favorite of his and Melinda’s, especially after hearing Warren Buffett and his first wife, Susie, sing the song.

“My Shot” from Hamilton: “It’s about a young person saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to take a risk — I’m going to get out there and try and do something different.’“

Source: BBC

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  • HaywoodJBlome

    Two really Greedy Capitalist Pigs for sure. No wonder they have a Bromance. Maybe the song should have been sung in Chinese or Vietnamese perhaps, as a “shout out” to all the American Jobs (hi, Steve–rip) Dell and Apple have sent to the lowest bidder for pure Greed, Slave Wage Labor, and Lack of Environmental Oversight. Chairman Mao and Uncle Ho are laughing down on you Clowns and your supporters from Commie Heaven (if such a place exists) at your gullibility and lack of values. And, please save all the phony economic blather used to support such lame actions. “Competition” use to mean making the best here in the US and challenging other Nations to beat us. Then, it was changed to mean “find the lowest slave wage venue possible, and pretend as if THAT is competition”. Oh well. Wang Chung and his Commie Pals in China are really glad to have the jobs your friends and neighbors in America should and could be doing. But, a lot of them don’t seem to care either, as long as they can get the latest piece of Commie Created iCRAP really cheap. In closing, I would like to apologize to Pigs for associating them with Greedy Capitalists. That was unfair, Piggies. You are much better than that. At least Bill Gates feels some shame for sending so many US jobs to others and has tried to share the take with others through his Foundation. Cool, but we’d really like those jobs here, not being shipped to the most attractive slave wage venue. And, to preempt the expected………..I am sending this by smoke signal to a friend to post for me on an ancient Gateway machine that was made right here in ‘Merica. Really. Remember that, or are you one of those Fools who sleeps out all night to get the latest piece of the aforementioned iCRAP? It is far past time to Herd The Swine. Ooooops…….sorry Piggies I did it again.

  • Sean Beggs

    Steve Jobs actually cited this song — with Bill sitting beside him — as something that comes to mind when it comes to the relationship between the two of them, and even quoted the lyrics, You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.” This was at All Things D with Walt Mossberg.