Published on 1968
Track 8 on “The Beatles – White Album”
What the Beatles said about “Happiness is a Warm Gun”
PAUL 1968: "The idea of ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’ is from an advert in an American paper. It said, Happiness is a warm gun, and it was ‘Get ready for the long hot summer with a rifle,’ you know, ‘Come and buy them now!’ It was an advert in a gun magazine. And it was so sick, you know, the idea of ‘Come and buy your killing weapons,’ and ‘Come and get it.’ But it’s just such a great line, ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’ that John sort of took that and used that as a chorus. And the rest of the words… I think they’re great words, you know. It’s a poem. And he finishes off, ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun, yes it is.’ It’s just good poetry."
JOHN 1972: "They all said it was about drugs, but it was more about rock ‘n roll than drugs. It’s sort of a history of rock ‘n roll… I don’t know why people said it was about the needle in heroin. I’ve only seen somebody do something with a needle once, and I don’t like to see it at all."
JOHN 1980: "A gun magazine was sitting around and the cover was the picture of a smoking gun. The title of the article, which I never read, was ‘Happiness Is a Warm Gun.’ I took it right from there. I took it as the idea of happiness after having shot somebody. Or some animal."