Your Mother Should Know

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"Your Mother Should Know"
Song by the Beatles from the album Magical Mystery Tour
Released 27 November 1967 (United States) (LP)
8 December 1967 (UK) (EP)
19 November 1976 (United Kingdom) (LP)
Recorded 22 August 1967
23 August 1967
16 September 1967
29 September 1967
Genre Pop,[1] music hall[2]
Length 2:29
Label Parlophone, Capitol, EMI
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Magical Mystery Tour track listing

"Your Mother Should Know" is a song by the Beatles from their 1967 record Magical Mystery Tour, released in the US as an LP on 27 November 1967 and in the UK as a double-EP on 8 December 1967. It was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney)[3][4] based on a line from the screenplay for A Taste of Honey.[5] Paul McCartney played the song live for the first time ever on his 2013 Out There Tour.

In the Magical Mystery Tour film[edit]

McCartney said he wrote it as a production number for the movie Magical Mystery Tour,[3] supporting an old-fashioned dance segment that starts with the Beatles coming down a grand staircase in white tuxedoes. After they descend, Boy Scouts, RAF cadets and other groups march through. John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are wearing red carnations, while McCartney's is black. The carnation difference contributed to the "Paul is dead" controversy.[6]

The sequence was spoofed by "Weird Al" Yankovic as a part of his video for UHF.[7]


The song was recorded in four sessions on 22 and 23 August, and on 16 and 29 September 1967. The remake from 16 September was left unused, and overdubs layered on the best take from 22 August.[8] Mixing did not go any more smoothly, with sessions on 29 & 30 September, and 7 November 1967.[9]

22 and 23 August sessions took place at Chappell Recording Studios because EMI Studios was unavailable that night. The remaining sessions were all at Abbey Road.[10] It was during the latter Chappell Studio session that manager Brian Epstein made his last visit to a Beatles recording session before his death.

Cover versions[edit]

Brazilian musician Zé Ramalho covered the track on his album Zé Ramalho Canta Beatles.


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[11]


  1. ^ Gregory 2008, p. 189.
  2. ^ Haugen 2004, p. 169.
  3. ^ a b Miles 1997, p. 355.
  4. ^ Sheff 2000, p. 198.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Ian (1998). Revolution in the Head. London: Pimlico. p. 231. ISBN 0-7126-6697-4. 
  6. ^ Miles 1997, p. 356.
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ Lewisohn 1988, pp. 122–128.
  9. ^ Lewisohn 1988, pp. 128–130.
  10. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 122.
  11. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 263.


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