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Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1967
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Good Morning Good Morning” is a song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and recorded by the Beatles, featured on their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. 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.

Recording

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)“. These animal noises were inspired by the coda of “Caroline, No” that ended The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, one of the main inspirations for this whole 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 lion, an elephant, and a group of bloodhounds accompanying fox hunters on horseback with horns blasting, suggesting that a fox hunt was in progress.

The rapid 16th note bass drum fills were done on two bass drums according to The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by 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.

For the Beatles’ 2006 remix album Love, the horse sounds were mixed into “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Rhythm

The song is played at 117 beats per minute, has an unusual rhythmical feel and uses different time signatures. Beats are played in groups of 2, 3 and 4, and time signature changes frequently. Parts with 5/4 and 4/4 bars alternate, with 3/4 transitions. Most of the song uses simple time, where the beats are divided into two, but the middle eight sections use compound time, where the beats are divided into triplets.

The song is divided into seven sections, two of which are repeated once and one twice, in a time-symmetric pattern A, B, C, B, C, B, A (disregarding the fade out of the last bar):

A: 4,4,4,4,4 (introduction: five bars, 20 beats)

B: 5,5,5,3,4,5,4,3,3,4,4 (eleven bars, 44 beats)
C: 5,5,5,3,4,4,4,4,4,4 (contains refrain: ten bars, 42 beats)
B: 5,5,5,3,4,5,4,3,3,4,4 (eleven bars, 44 beats)
C: 5,5,5,3,4,4,4,4,4,4 (contains refrain: ten bars, 42 beats)
B: 5,5,5,3,4,5,4,3,3,4,4 (eleven bars, 44 beats)

This adds up to 64 bars with 260 beats, which at published 117 beats per minute would result in a length of 2:13,333… minutes. […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 19 Apr 1967. edited.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 7026 Sgt Pepper 1967.
    US: Capitol MAS 2653 Sgt Pepper 1967.
  • [b] stereo 6 Apr 1967. edited.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 7026 Sgt Pepper 1967.
    US: Capitol SMAS 2653 Sgt Pepper 1967.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46442 2 Sgt Pepper 1987.
  • [c] stereo 1995.
    CD: Apple CDP 8 34448 2 Anthology 2 1996.

An Apr 6 mono mix was replaced by an Apr 19 mix [a] containing an improved blend of the hen cluck at the end into the first note of the next song, Sgt Pepper (reprise). Lewisohn does not say when or if the Apr 6 stereo mix was redone, and perhaps it was not. Checking the ending shows that the sound effects match in mono [a] and stereo [b] until the foxhunt, where the mono fades earlier, so that the hunt lasts about 6 seconds longer in stereo and continues past the somewhat later fadeout of the music. This may be the end of the main tape. Because of the early fade in mono [a], “Good morning good morning good” is heard only 9 times as against 10 times in stereo [b]. Both mixes then crossfade to the chicken squawk on what appears to be a separate tape, since unlike the other sound effects it does not overlap any music. The squawk is slightly longer in stereo, and blends better into the Sgt Pepper (reprise)– the retry on the mono mix may have been to make it more like the stereo?

The lead guitar is mixed down after the break in mono [a] but on [b] it continues loud over “People running round…”. After “tea and ‘Meet the Wife'” the guitar phrase is treated to a little extra ADT in mono.

The Anthology mix [c] is deliberately different and appears to show the state as of Feb 16, after the vocal and bass overdub, but without the horns and the sound effecs at the end.

Last updated on April 27, 2017

Lyrics

Good morning, good morning
Good morning, good morning
Good morning, a

Nothing to do
To save his life
Call his wife in

Nothing to say
But what a day
How's your boy been?

Nothing to do
It's up to you
I've got nothing to say
But it's O.K.

Good morning, good morning
Good morning, a

Going to work
Don't want to go
Feeling lowdown

Heading for home
You start to roam
Then you're in town

Everybody knows
There's nothing doing
Everything is closed
It's like a ruin

Everyone you see
Is half asleep
And you're on your own
You're in the street

After a while
You start to smile
Now you feel cool

Then you decide
To take a walk
By the old school

Nothing has changed
It's still the same
I've got nothing to say
But it's O.K.

Good morning, good morning
Good morning, a

People running 'round
It's five o'clock
Everywhere in town
It's getting dark

Everyone you see
Is full of life
It's time for tea
And meet the wife

Somebody needs
To know the time
Glad that I'm here

Watching the skirts
You start to flirt
No you're in gear

Go to a show
You hope she goes
I've got nothing to say
But it's O.K.

Good morning, good morning
good

Good morning, good morning
good

Good morning, good morning
good

Officially appears on


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1967

2:41 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Lead guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Barrie Cameron:
Saxophone
David Glyde:
Saxophone
Alan Holmes:
Saxophone
John Lee:
Trombone

Session Recording:
Feb 08, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
13, 28, 29 March 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 19, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1967

2:41 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Lead guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Barrie Cameron:
Saxophone
David Glyde:
Saxophone
Alan Holmes:
Saxophone
John Lee:
Trombone

Session Recording:
Feb 08, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
13, 28, 29 March 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 06, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 2

Official album • Released in 1996

2:40 • OuttakeC • As issued on Sgt. Pepper, the master of Good Morning Good Morning was Take 11, laden with overdubs by way of a succession of "reductions" deriving in Take 8. For almost a month, though, from 16 February to 13 March, that original Take 8 remained untouched, and, because it was complete and included an overdubbed John Lennon lead vocal, it is reasonable to assure that, for much of that time, it was considered to be the master. This is that Take 8, the basic track from 8 February with John's vocal added on the 16th.

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 08, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

2:34 • Studio version


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

Studio version • Take 1 – Instrumental, Breakdown


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

Studio version • Take 8


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

2:34 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Lead guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Barrie Cameron:
Saxophone
David Glyde:
Saxophone
Alan Holmes:
Saxophone
John Lee:
Trombone

Session Recording:
Feb 08, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 16, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
13, 28, 29 March 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Apr 19, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

2:40 • Alternate take • Take 8 stereo


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

0:30 • Alternate take • Unknown Take mono


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

0:35 • Alternate take • Take 11 stereo


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

2:42 • Alternate take • Rock Band Mix


Sgt. Pepper's Sessions

Unofficial album

1:40 • Alternate take • RM20 Sound Effects mono


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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