Song facts: Dig a Pony

Dig a Pony is a Beatles' song written by John Lennon in 1969 as an ode to his future wife Yoko Ono, and released on the band's Let It Be album in May of 1970. Lennon wasn't overly fond of it and later described Dig a Pony as a piece of garbage; a familiar sentiment the ex-Beatle would have for a great deal of the Beatles' catalogue. 

"I was just having fun with words. It was literally a nonsense song. You just take words and you stick them together, and you see if they have any meaning. Some of them do and some of them don't." - John Lennon

The Beatles performed the song on the roof of Apple Headquarters on January 30th 1969. Before one of the performances Ringo can be heard shouting Hold it! as he was trying to blow his nose and only had one drumstick in his hand. This performance was left on the Let It Be album by producer Phil Spector.

John Lennon on the roof of Apple Headquarters, January 30th 1969.

John Lennon on the roof of Apple Headquarters, January 30th 1969.

Recording

The Beatles first performed the song in January of 1969, at Twickenham Studios, London. The first recording took place on January 22nd but the band weren't happy with any of these takes; although one later surfaced on Anthology 3 in 1996.

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass guitar
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • Billy Preston – electric piano

 

Ringo Starr and John Lennon, 1969.

Ringo Starr and John Lennon, 1969.