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Good Day Sunshine

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Revolver (UK Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1966
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Good Day Sunshine” is a song by the Beatles on the 1966 album Revolver. It was written mainly by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Leonard Bernstein praised the song for its construction in a 1967 CBS News documentary. Richie Unterberger of allmusic said the song “radiates optimism and good vibes” and Ian MacDonald said it is “superbly sung by McCartney and exquisitely produced by George Martin and his team” and that it shows the Beatles “at their effortless best.

Recording

The song was recorded on 8 June 1966, with overdubs added the following day. McCartney sang the lead vocal and played piano, accompanied by Ringo Starr on drums, and then overdubbed the bass guitar. Music critic Ian MacDonald was unsure if John Lennon played guitar on the track; in his description of the recording sessions for the song, Mark Lewisohn did not mention a guitar track. Lennon and George Harrison add harmony vocals during the choruses. Lennon can be barely heard repeating “she feels good” after McCartney at 1:27. George Martin played the piano solo, recorded with the tape recorder running slower than usual and thus in the released version the solo sounds faster than it was actually played.

Like “She Said She Said” the song closes with an imitative canon in the voices.

Influences and cover versions

McCartney said that he was influenced by the Lovin’ Spoonful: the song’s “old-timey vaudevillian feel” particularly recalls the Spoonful’s hit “Daydream“, to which “Good Day Sunshine” bears some harmonic resemblance. […]

McCartney re-recorded the song himself in 1984 for the soundtrack to his film, Give My Regards to Broad Street. […]

Paul McCartney played the song live during his 2005 fall US tour, which was featured on the live DVD The Space Within US in 2006. […]

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

It was really very much a nod to The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Daydream, the same traditional, almost trad-jazz feel. That was our favourite record of theirs. Good Day Sunshine was me trying to write something similar to Daydream. John and I wrote it together at Kenwood, but it was basically mine, and he helped me with it.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 22 Jun 1966.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 7009 Revolver 1966.
    US: Capitol T 2576 Revolver 1966.
  • [b] stereo 22 Jun 1966.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 7009 Revolver 1966.
    US: Capitol ST 2576 Revolver 1966.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46441 2 Revolver 1987.

The bass drum is missing at the very end in stereo [b].

Last updated on May 10, 2016

Lyrics

Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine.
I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I've got something I can laugh about,
I feel good, in a special way.
I'm in love and it's a sunny day.

Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine.
We take a walk, the sun is shining down,
Burns my feet as they touch the ground.

Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine.
And then we lie, beneath a shady tree,
I love her and she's loving me.
She feels good, she knows she's looking fine.
I'm so proud to know that she is mine.

Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine.
Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine.

Officially appears on


Revolver (UK Mono)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:09 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 09, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Revolver (US Mono)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:12 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 09, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Revolver (US Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:11 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 09, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Revolver (UK Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1966

2:09 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Handclaps, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Handclaps
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Handclaps
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jun 08, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jun 09, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Jun 22, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Give My Regards To Broad Street

Official album • Released in 1984

2:33 • Studio version

Performed by:
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney:
Vocals
George Martin:
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer (?)
Jon Jacobs:
Assistant engineer (?)
Stuart Breed:
Assistant engineer (?)
John Kelly:
Engineer (?)

Birthday

CD Single • Released in 1990

2:33 • Live


Give My Regards To Broad Street (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:33 • Studio version

Bootlegs


Friends Of The Earth

Unofficial live

2:35 • Live

Concert From the concert in Hamburg, Germany on Oct 03, 1989



Live In Iowa 2005

Unofficial live

3:50 • Live

Concert From the concert in Des Moines, USA on Oct 27, 2005


B-Sides Complete Vol. 5

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

2:15 • Studio version


Tripping The Live Fantastic II

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

3:16 • Live

Concert From the concert in Foxboro, USA on Jul 24, 1990


Live performances

“Good Day Sunshine” has been played in 136 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Good Day Sunshine” has been played


Oslo • Telenor Arena

Jul 07, 2015 • Part of Out There Tour


Roskilde Festival

Jul 04, 2015 • Part of Summer festivals 2015


400e Anniversaire De Quebec

Jul 20, 2008 • Canada • Quebec City • Plains Of Abraham


Independence Concert

Jun 14, 2008 • Ukraine • Kiev • Independence Square


Los Angeles • Staples Center

Nov 30, 2005 • Part of The US Tour



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