Song facts: Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) is a song written by John Lennon in 1979 and first released on his final album Double Fantasy in 1980. It was also issued as a single on April 11th 1981, after Lennon's death, with Watching the Wheels included as the B-side.
Beautiful Boy is a lullaby for Lennon's son Sean, his only child with wife Yoko Ono.
"I think it's a beautiful song. It's very moving to me.." - Paul McCartney
"The joy is still there when I see Sean. He didn't come out of my belly but, by God, I made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and to how he sleeps, and to the fact that he swims like a fish. That's because I took him to the 'Y'. I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of those things. He is my biggest pride, you see." - John Lennon
"Both of us wanted to be a parent for the first time is what it was. Even though both of us had children by previous incarnations. We'd both been so self-occupied. It was also wanting a child that was our child as opposed to a child - 'cause we could have adopted one, you know. Some people want a child, which I admire, too - people who have that generalised love. But we wanted our child." - John Lennon
- John Lennon – vocals, acoustic guitar, vocoder
- Earl Slick – acoustic guitar
- Hugh McCracken – lead guitar
- Tony Levin – bass
- George Small – keyboards
- Robert Greenidge – steel drum
- Arthur Jenkins – percussion
- Randy Stein – English concertina