Mother Nature's Son

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"Mother Nature's Son"
Song by the Beatles from the album The Beatles
Released 22 November 1968
Recorded 9 & 20 August 1968
Genre Folk[1]
Length 2:48
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles track listing
Music sample

"Mother Nature's Son" is a Lennon–McCartney song, written primarily by Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles on The Beatles (The White Album). It was inspired by a lecture given by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi while the Beatles were in India.[2][3] The same lecture inspired Lennon's unreleased song "Child of Nature", the tune of which he later re-used for "Jealous Guy".[2][3] The song was later covered by Harry Nilsson.

Recording[edit]

McCartney recorded it on 9 August 1968. He recorded 25 takes singing and playing acoustic guitar simultaneously. Take 24 was perceived to be the best (take 2 later appeared on Anthology 3). McCartney recorded overdubs of timpani, another guitar, and drums on 20 August when George Martin's orchestral contributions were also added.[4] The drums sound more like bongos and this was achieved by putting the drums halfway down an uncarpeted corridor with the mics at a far end which resulted in a staccato sound.[5] Lennon did not play on the recording, but McCartney said he contributed some words to the song in India. When Lennon, who hated it whenever McCartney recorded without the rest of the band, walked into the studio with Ringo Starr after McCartney had finished, "you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife," recalled engineer Ken Scott.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[7]

Covers and mashups[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Carlin 2009, p. 172.
  2. ^ a b Miles 1997, pp. 423, 490.
  3. ^ a b Sheff 2000, p. 200.
  4. ^ The Beatles Bible 2009.
  5. ^ Morin 1998.
  6. ^ "80 - 'Mother Nature's Son'". 100 Greatest Beatles Songs. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  7. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 305.

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