Song facts: Good Morning Good Morning

Good Morning Good Morning was written by John Lennon for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

"Good Morning is mine. It's a throwaway, a piece of garbage, I always thought. The 'Good morning, good morning' was from a Kellogg's cereal commercial. I always had the TV on very low in the background when I Was writing and it came over and then I wrote the song." - John Lennon
John was feeling trapped in suburbia and was going through some problems with Cynthia. It was about his boring life at the time - there's a reference in the lyrics to 'nothing to do' and 'meet the wife'; there was an afternoon TV soap called Meet The Wife that John watched, he was that bored, but I think he was also starting to get alarm bells." - Paul McCartney

Recording  

The Beatles recorded the basic track on February 8th 1967, adding bass and vocals on February 16th and a brass section on March 13th. Paul McCartney played the guitar solo on a Fender Esquire guitar on March 28th. 

Lennon asked engineer Geoff Emerick to add animal noises at the beginning and end of the track. This was inspired by the Beach Boys' song Caroline No, which appears at the end of their Pet Sounds album.

"John said to me during one of the breaks that he wanted to have the sound of animals escaping and that each successive animal should be capable of frightening or devouring its predecessor! So those are not just random effects, there was actually a lot of thought put into all that." - Geoff Emerick

Personnel  

The Beatles

  • John Lennon – double-tracked lead vocal, rhythm guitar, backing vocal
  • Paul McCartney – bass, lead guitar, backing vocal
  • George Harrison – rhythm guitar, backing vocal
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine

Wind instruments

  • Barrie Cameron – saxophone
  • David Glyde – saxophone
  • Alan Holmes – saxophone
  • John Lee – trombone
  • Unknown – trombone
  • Unknown – french horn
  • Sounds Incorporated – brass

Production

  • Geoff Emerick – engineer
  • George Martin – producer

Release  

Good Morning Good Morning was released on June 1st 1967 on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. 

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, 1967. 

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, 1967. 

John Lennon and George Martin during the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967. 

John Lennon and George Martin during the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967. 

Paul McCartney during the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967. 

Paul McCartney during the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967.