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
Songwriter(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
Audio sample

"Mother Nature's Son" is a song written primarily by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–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]

According to Paul McCartney he was inspired by Nat King Cole's song "Nature boy" he heard growing up. He wrote the song in Liverpool when he visited his father.[4]


McCartney recorded the song during the height of the tensions that marred the sessions for the White Album. 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.[5] The drums were put halfway down an uncarpeted corridor with the microphones at the far end, resulting in a bongo-like staccato sound.[6] John Lennon did not play on the recording, but McCartney said he contributed some words to the song in India. When Lennon and Ringo Starr walked into the studio after McCartney had finished, "you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife", recalled engineer Ken Scott.[7]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[8]

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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. ^ In The Life of...The Beatles (2018-07-08), Paul McCartney Explains "Mother Nature's Son" - Unreleased Oobu Joobu Part 6, retrieved 2018-07-28 
  5. ^ The Beatles Bible 2009.
  6. ^ Morin 1998.
  7. ^ "80 - 'Mother Nature's Son'". 100 Greatest Beatles Songs. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  8. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 305.
  9. ^ "Live Phish, Vol. 13: 10/31/94, Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY - Phish". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "Children of Tāne at Discogs". 


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