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Mother Nature's Son

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the The Beatles (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Mother Nature’s Son” is a Lennon–McCartney song, written primarily by Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles on The Beatles (The White Album). It was inspired by a lecture given by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi while the Beatles were in India. The same lecture inspired Lennon’s unreleased song “Child of Nature“, the tune of which he later re-used for “Jealous Guy“.

Recording

McCartney recorded it 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. 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, walked into the studio with Ringo Starr 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 July 5, 2017

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)

Official album • Released in 1968

2:48 • Studio versionB • Mono

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

Official album • Released in 1968

2:48 • Studio versionA • Stereo

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

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


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:
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:
Engineer
Ricardo Chavarria:
Assistant engineer

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


The Beatles (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

2:48 • Studio versionR2018 • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Timpani, Vocals
George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
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 (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Demo

Session Recording:
Late May 1968
Studio:
George Harrison's Home, Kinfauns, Esher, Surrey, UK


The Beatles (2018)

Official album • Released in 2018

Outtake • Take 15

Live performances

“Mother Nature's Son” has been played in 26 concerts and 3 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Mother Nature's Son” has been played




Tampa • Ice Palace

May 15, 2002 • Part of Driving USA Tour


Atlanta • Philips Arena

May 13, 2002 • Part of Driving USA Tour


Atlanta • Philips Arena

May 12, 2002 • Part of Driving USA Tour



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