Friday, April 23, 2010

"Good Morning Good Morning"

"Good Morning Good Morning" is a song composed by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and performed by The Beatles on the 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Lyrical inspiration

Inspiration for the song came to Lennon from a television commercial for Kellogg's Corn Flakes. The jingle went: "Good morning, good morning, The best to you each morning, Sunshine Breakfast, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Crisp and full of fun."

The line "It's time for tea and Meet the Wife" refers to a BBC sitcom Meet the Wife.


The track was recorded on 8 February 1967, with overdubs on 16 February (bass and 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.

At Lennon's request, George Martin brought in Sounds Incorporated to play the brass section with their signature saxophone sound.

Lennon asked engineer Geoff Emerick to arrange the animal noises heard at the end of the song so that the animal was capable of devouring or frightening the animal that came before 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)."

Differences between mono and stereo

In the mono version, the length is 2:35, whereas in the stereo version, the length is 2:40 because there are more animal noises.

Time signature

The song, which is played at 117 beats per minute, has an unusual time signature in that 5/4 alternates with 4/4. For transition between 5/4 and 4/4 beat, 3/4 is used.


* John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, rhythm guitar
* Paul McCartney – backing vocal, Lead guitar, bass
* George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
* 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

Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Released: 1 June 1967
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios - 8, 16 February; 13, 28, 29 March 1967
Genre: Rock
Length: 2:41
Label: Parlophone
Writer: Lennon/McCartney
Producer: George Martin


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