- Published on 1967
- Author: Lennon/McCartney
- Track 11 on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
What the Beatles said about “Good Morning, Good Morning”
JOHN 1967: “I often sit at the piano, working at songs with the television on low in the background. If I’m a bit low and not getting much done, the words from the telly come through. That’s when I heard the words, ‘Good Morning Good Morning.'”
JOHN 1968: “We write about our past. ‘Good Morning, Good Morning,’ I was never proud of it. I just knocked it off to do a song. But it was writing about my past so it does get the kids because it was me at school, my whole bit.”
JOHN 1972: “A bit of gobbledygook, but nice words.”
PAUL 1984: “‘Good Morning’ –John’s. That was our first major use of sound effects, I think. We had horses and chickens and dogs and all sorts running through it.”
Info about “Good Morning, Good Morning”
It was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Inspiration for the song came to Lennon from a television commercial for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Another reference to contemporary television was the lyric “It’s time for tea and Meet the Wife”, referring to the BBC sitcom.
The basic track was recorded on 8 February 1967, with overdubs on 16 February (bass guitar and lead vocals), 13 March (brass section), 28 March (backing vocals and guitar solo), and 29 March (animal noises). The guitar solo was played by Paul McCartney on a Fender Esquire. At Lennon’s request, George Martin brought in Sounds Incorporated to provide the song’s prominent brass backing.
Lennon asked engineer Geoff Emerick to arrange the animal noises heard at beginning (and end) of the song so that each animal heard was one capable of devouring (or frightening) the animal preceding it. The final sound effect of a chicken clucking was so placed that it transforms into the guitar on the following track, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”. According to Emerick, these animal noises were inspired by the coda of “Caroline, No” that ended the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album. They begin with the crow of a rooster, while the other animal sounds heard at the end of the song include birds, a cat, a dog, a cow, a horse, a sheep, a group of bloodhounds accompanying fox hunters on horseback with horns blasting, and a chicken.
The rapid 16th note bass drum fills were done on two bass drums, according to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. The length of the mono version of “Good Morning Good Morning” is 2:35, whereas the stereo version (due to a lengthier fade out of animal sounds) runs to 2:41. The 2017 stereo mix follows the editing style of the mono version, and as a result, it is also 2:35.
For the Beatles’ 2006 remix album, Love, the horse sounds were mixed into “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!“
- John Lennon – double-tracked lead vocal, rhythm guitar, backing vocal
- Paul McCartney – bass, lead guitar, backing vocal, bass drum
- George Harrison – rhythm guitar, backing vocal
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
- Barrie Cameron – saxophone
- David Glyde – saxophone
- Alan Holmes – saxophone
- John Lee – trombone
- Unknown – trombone
- Unknown – french horn
- Sounds Incorporated – brass
- Geoff Emerick – engineer
- George Martin – producer