Song facts: Your Mother Should Know

On August 22nd 1967, The Beatles recorded a new Paul McCartney song Your Mother Should Know, for their forthcoming LP and film Magical Mystery Tour. During the film the Beatles wore white tuxedos, descending a staircase, as the music plays - see video below.

"I wrote it in Cavendish Avenue on the harmonium I have in the dining room there. My Aunty Jin and Uncle Harry and a couple of relatives were staying and they were in the living room just across the hall, so I just went to the dining room and spent a few hours with the door open with them listening. And I suppose because of the family atmosphere Your Mother Should Know came in. It's a very music-hall kind of thing, probably influenced by the fact that my Aunty Jin was in the house." - Paul McCartney
"The big prop was that great big staircase that we danced down, that was where all the money went: in that particular shot on that big staircase. I said, 'Sod it, you've got to have the Busby Berkeley ending,' and it is a good sequence. Just the fact of John dancing, which he did readily. You can see by the fun expression on his face that he wasn't forced into anything." - Paul McCartney

Recording

Your Mother Should Know was recorded over the course of four sessions on August 22nd and 23rd and the following month on September 16th and 29th. The master take was recorded on August 22nd. Take 16 was released on Anthology 2 in 1996. 

 Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – lead and backing vocals, bass, piano
  • John Lennon – backing vocals, Hammond organ
  • George Harrison – backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  • George Martin – producer
The Beatles rehearsing Your Mother Should Know for Magical Mystery Tour, 1967.

The Beatles rehearsing Your Mother Should Know for Magical Mystery Tour, 1967.