Good Morning Good Morning
|"Good Morning Good Morning"|
|Song by the Beatles from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band|
|Released||1 June 1967|
|Recorded||8 and 16 February,
13, 28 and 29 March 1967,
EMI Studios, London
|Genre||Rock, hard rock|
2:35 (mono version)
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band track listing|
The track was recorded on 8 February 1967, with overdubs on 16 February (bass and vocals), 13 March (brass section), 28 March (backing vocals and guitar solo), and 29 March (animal noises). The guitar solo was played by Paul McCartney.
Lennon asked engineer Geoff Emerick to arrange the animal noises heard at beginning (and end) of the song so that each animal heard was one capable of devouring (or frightening) the animal preceding it.
The final sound effect of a chicken clucking was so placed that it transforms into the guitar on the following track, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)".
The song begins with the crow of a Rooster. The other animal sounds heard at the end of the song include birds, a cat, a dog, a cow, a horse, a sheep, a lion, an elephant, and a group of bloodhounds accompanying fox hunters on horseback with horns blasting, suggesting that a fox hunt was in progress.
The rapid 16th note bass drum fills were done on two bass drums according to "The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions" by Mark Lewisohn.
The length of the mono version of "Good Morning Good Morning" is 2:35, whereas the stereo version (due to a lengthier fadeout of animal noise) runs 2:41.
The song has an unusual rhythmical feel and does not use the same time signature throughout. Beats are heard in groups of 2, 3 and 4, giving the impression that the time signature changes frequently. The song has been transcribed as a mixture of 4/4, 3/4 and 5/4. Most of the song uses simple time, where the beats are divided into two, but the middle eight sections use compound time, where the beats are divided into triplets.
When Mojo released Sgt. Pepper ...With A Little Help From His Friends in 2007, part of a continuing series of CDs of Beatles albums covered track-by-track by modern artists, "Good Morning Good Morning" was covered by The M's.
- John Lennon – double-tracked lead vocal, rhythm guitar, backing vocal
- Paul McCartney – bass, lead guitar, backing vocal
- George Harrison – rhythm guitar, backing vocal
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
- Wind instruments
- Barrie Cameron – saxophone
- David Glyde – saxophone
- Alan Holmes – saxophone
- John Lee – trombone
- Unknown – trombone
- Unknown – french horn
- Sounds Incorporated – brass
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- Elizabeth Thomson and David Gutman, "The Lennon companion: twenty-five years of comment", ISBN 0-306-81270-3, p.119.
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- Emerick & Massey 2006, pp. 176–179.
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- The Beatles – Complete Scores 1993, pp. 335–341.
- MacDonald 2005, pp. 234–235.
- Emerick, Geoff; Massey, Howard (2006). Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 1-59240-179-1.
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- Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. ISBN 0-517-57066-1.
- MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised Edition ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). ISBN 1-84413-828-3.
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- Sheff, David (2000). All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-25464-4.