Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the The Beatles (Mono) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968

Master album


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Mother Nature’s Son” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”). The song was written primarily by Paul McCartney, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was inspired by a lecture given by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi while the Beatles were in India. The same lecture inspired Lennon’s song “Child of Nature”, the tune of which he later re-used for “Jealous Guy”. Although credited to the group, the song was performed by McCartney alone (with a brass arrangement by George Martin), while the other Beatles were working on other “White Album” songs.

According to Paul McCartney he was inspired by Nat King Cole’s song “Nature Boy” he heard growing up. He wrote the song in Liverpool when he visited his father.

Recording

McCartney recorded the song during the height of the tensions that marred the sessions for the White Album. On 9 August 1968, he recorded 25 takes singing and playing acoustic guitar simultaneously. Take 24 was perceived to be the best (take 2 later appeared on Anthology 3). McCartney recorded overdubs of timpani, another guitar, and drums on 20 August, when George Martin’s orchestral contributions were also added. The drums were put halfway down an uncarpeted corridor with the microphones at the far end, resulting in a bongo-like staccato sound. John Lennon did not play on the recording, but McCartney said he contributed some words to the song in India. When Lennon (who hated it whenever McCartney recorded without the rest of the band) and Ringo Starr walked into the studio after McCartney had finished, “you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife”, recalled engineer Ken Scott. […]

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

I seem to remember writing Mother Nature’s Son at my dad’s house in Liverpool. I often used to do that if I’d gone up to see him. Visiting my family I’d feel in a good mood, so it was often a good occasion to write songs. So this was me doing my mother nature’s son bit. I’ve always loved the [Nat King Cole] song called Nature Boy: ‘There was a boy, a very strange and gentle boy…’ He loves nature, and Mother Nature’s Son was inspired by that song. I’d always loved nature, and when Linda and I got together we discovered we had this deep love of nature in common. There might have been a little help from John with some of the verses.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

[a] stereo 12 Oct 1968.
UK: Apple PCS 7068 white album 1968.
US: Apple SWBO 101 white album 1968.
CD: EMI CDP 7 46443 2 white album 1987.

[b] mono 12 Oct 1968.
UK: Apple PMC 7068 white album 1968.

Last updated on May 24, 2021

Lyrics

Born a poor young country boy
Mother Nature's son
All day long I'm sitting, singing songs for everyone

Sit beside a mountain stream
See her waters rise
Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies

Find me in my field of grass
Mother Nature's son
Swaying daisies, sing a lazy song beneath the sun

Mother Nature's son

Officially appears on


The Beatles (Mono)

LP • Released in 1968

2:48 • Studio versionB • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Timpani, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Stereo)

LP • Released in 1968

2:48 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Timpani, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

3:17 • OuttakeC • Stereo • Take 2. Its lyrics inspired by the text of a lecture heard in Spring in India, the basic track of Mother's Nature Son was recorded one summer's evening in London a few months later. The White Album master was Take 26, a reduction of the "best" take (24) with overdubbed drums, timpani, brass and a second acoustic guitar passage, the brass players being the only musicians apart from Paul McCartney to play on the recording of his new song. En route to the master the composer taped a succession of strictly solo pieces, seeking out the right sound and feel - this Anthology selection is Take 2, the opening strand of conversation emphasising well the willingness, common to all Beatles, to seize upon a new sound or effect, whether discovered accidentally or otherwise.

George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Oobu Joobu - Ecology

Official album • Released in 1997

Studio version


Back In The U.S.

Official live • Released in 2002

2:11 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne :
Producer
Michael Brauer :
Recording engineer
Ricardo Chavarria :
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Dallas, USA on May 10, 2002


Back In The World

Official live • Released in 2003

2:11 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne :
Producer
Michael Brauer :
Recording engineer
Ricardo Chavarria :
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Dallas, USA on May 10, 2002


The Beatles (Mono - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

2:48 • Studio versionB2009 • Mono • 2009 mono remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Timpani, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Paul Hicks :
Remastering
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Sean Magee :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Aug 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Stereo - 2009 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2009

2:48 • Studio versionA2009 • Stereo • 2009 stereo remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Timpani, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Aug 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


The Beatles (Mono - 2014 vinyl)

LP • Released in 2014

2:48 • Studio versionB2014 • Mono • 2014 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Timpani, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Sean Magee :
Remastering
Steve Berkowitz :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Aug 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Aug 20, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 3 (2016 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2016

3:17 • OuttakeC2016 • Stereo • Take 2. Its lyrics inspired by the text of a lecture heard in Spring in India, the basic track of Mother's Nature Son was recorded one summer's evening in London a few months later. The White Album master was Take 26, a reduction of the "best" take (24) with overdubbed drums, timpani, brass and a second acoustic guitar passage, the brass players being the only musicians apart from Paul McCartney to play on the recording of his new song. En route to the master the composer taped a succession of strictly solo pieces, seeking out the right sound and feel - this Anthology selection is Take 2, the opening strand of conversation emphasising well the willingness, common to all Beatles, to seize upon a new sound or effect, whether discovered accidentally or otherwise.

George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Aug 09, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Live performances

“Mother Nature's Son” has been played in 26 concerts and 4 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where Mother Nature's Son has been played







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Nikki 2 years ago

Love this song but I will admit that John Denver sings it better. Did Paul approve of how John Denver sings this? Totally different.....


The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks for your message @Nikki, I have to listen to that cover that I didn't know ! Thanks !


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