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.


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 per Ian MacDonald[7]

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  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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