Song facts: I'm So Tired

On October 8th 1968, The Beatles recorded I'm So Tired, a new John Lennon song for The White Album. John had performed an early demo for the band in May of 1968 at George's home in Esher, with a slight variation on the lyrics. The band also recorded Lennon's The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill at this session.

Lennon wrote I'm So Tired while on retreat in India with The Beatles, studying transcendental meditation; a lot of the tracks on The White Album were penned during this period. John was having trouble sleeping and suffered from insomnia during their time in India, which inspired him to write the song.

"I'm So Tired was me, in India again. I couldn't sleep, I'm meditating all day and couldn't sleep at night. The story is that. One of my favorite tracks. I just like the sound of it, and I sing it well." - John Lennon

"I'm So Tired is very much John's comment to the world, and it had that very special line, 'And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid get.' That's a classic line and it's so John that there's no doubt that he wrote it. I think it's 100 per cent John. Being tired was one of his themes; he wrote I'm Only Sleeping. I think we were all pretty tired but he chose to write about it." - Paul McCartney


  • John Lennon – lead vocal, acoustic guitar, lead guitar, organ
  • Paul McCartney – bass guitar, electric piano, backing vocal
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums
 John Lennon, 1968.

John Lennon, 1968.

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