Song facts: Mother Nature's Son

On August 9th 1968, Paul McCartney recorded Mother Nature's Son for The White Album. The only other personnel listed on the track was producer George Martin, who arranged the bass. Paul was inspired to write the track by Nat King Cole's song Nature Boy. According to Lennon, McCartney was also influenced by a lecture given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1967.

Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1967.

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"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." - Paul McCartney
"That was from a lecture of Maharishi where he was talking about nature, and I had a piece called I'm Just A Child Of Nature, which turned into Jealous Guy years later. Both inspired from the same lecture of Maharishi." - John Lennon

25 takes were recorded and take 24 was chosen as the best. Take 2 was released on the Beatles' Anthology 3 album in 1996.


  • Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocal, acoustic guitars, timpani, bass drum
  • George Martin – brass arrangement