The Honeymoon Song

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card (UK version - Stereo) LP.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Post Card" sessions

Early October 1968 to early December 1968

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Song facts

From Songs We Were Singing:

This song was written by Milis Theodorakis and William Sansom for the 1959 film Honeymoon. The song was performed by Marino Marini in the film. It was later released in the UK on the EP Marino Sings The Hits. Paul McCartney was a fan (the other Beatles were not) and he sung the song when The Beatles played it.

The song was recorded by The Beatles for BBC radio. It was released in 1994 on the album Live At The BBC. Mary Hopkin covered the song in 1969. It was released on her album Post Card which was produced by Paul McCartney.

This was just nice to do because it’s so catchy. It’s a Greek composition by Mikis Theodroakis, and we tried fo make it bright and sunny.

Mary Hopkin – From New Musical Express, February 22, 1969
Paul McCartney, in “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions“,  by Mark Lewisohn:

The Honeymoon Song was Marino Marini, an Italian and his backing group. They used to appear on telly and the greatest thing about them was they had a volume pedal! The Honeymoon Song wasn’t a big hit but I liked it, thought it was a nice tune. I was the force behind that, the others thought it was a real soppy idea, which I can see now!

Last updated on September 25, 2021

Lyrics

I never knew that a day like today lay before us
I've got the sun in my heart and my heart's in the sun
Skies are as bright as your eyes
The horizon is open
Love is the ceiling
Feelings are reeling
Free as the air

Forever on and forever
Forever on side by side
Who ever knew that we two could be free as we'd fancy?
Fancy is free
But are we who are bound to each other by love?
To each other by love

Who ever knew that we two could be free as we'd fancy?
Fancy is free
But are we who are bound to each other by love?
To each other by love
To each other by love
To each other by love

Variations


A Stereo version - By Mary Hopkin

A1 Mono version - By Mary Hopkin

A2010 2010 remaster - By Mary Hopkin

L1 Live version • "Pop Go The Beatles" • Aug 06, 1963 • From "Live At The BBC"

L1.2013 Live version • "Pop Go The Beatles" • Aug 06, 1963 • From "Live At The BBC (2013 remaster)"

Officially appears on


Post Card (US version)

LP • Released in 1969

2:07 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (UK version - Stereo)

LP • Released in 1969

2:07 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Post Card (UK version - Mono)

LP • Released in 1969

2:07 • Studio versionA1 • Mono

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

1:39 • LiveL1 • The theme tune from the film ‘Honeymoon’ written by Greek composer Theodorakis. A vocal version was released in June 1959 by Marino Marini and his Quartet.

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
Terry Henebery :
Producer

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 06, 1963


Post Card (2010 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2010

2:07 • Studio versionA2010 • Stereo • 2010 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Engineering, Mixing engineer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Early October 1968 to early December 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road ; Trident Studios ; Morgan Studios, London, UK


Live At The BBC (2013 remaster)

Official live • Released in 2013

1:39 • LiveL1.2013 • 2013 remaster. The theme tune from the film ‘Honeymoon’ written by Greek composer Theodorakis. A vocal version was released in June 1959 by Marino Marini and his Quartet.

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
Terry Henebery :
Producer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 06, 1963

Bootlegs


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 5

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:09 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 06, 1963


The BBC Archives Volume 5

Unofficial live • Released in 2015

1:42 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 06, 1963

Live performances

“The Honeymoon Song” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where The Honeymoon Song has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Aug 06, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Manchester • Oasis Club • United Kingdom

Feb 02, 1962 • United Kingdom • Manchester • Oasis Club

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