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“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”

Published on 1967
Author: Lennon/McCartney
Track 7 on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

What the Beatles said about “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”

JOHN 1968: "’Mr. Kite’ was a straight lift. I had all the words staring me in the face one day when I was looking for a song. It was from this old poster I’d bought at an antique shop. We’d been down to Surrey or somewhere filming a piece. There was a break, and I went into this shop and bought an old poster advertising a variety show which starred Mr. Kite. It said the Henderson’s would also be there, late of Pablo Fanques Fair. There would be hoops and horses and someone going through a hogs head of real fire. Then there was Henry the Horse. The band would start at ten to six. All at Bishopsgate. Look, there’s the bill– with Mr. Kite topping it. I hardly made up a word, just connecting the lists together. Word for word, really."

JOHN 1972: "The story that Henry the Horse meant ‘heroin’ was rubbish."

JOHN 1980: "It’s all just from that poster. The song is pure, like a painting. A pure watercolor."

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