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
 John Lennon with baby Sean, 1975.

John Lennon with baby Sean, 1975.

 John Lennon with baby Sean, 1977.

John Lennon with baby Sean, 1977.

"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

Personnel

  • 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
 John Lennon with baby Sean, 1975.

John Lennon with baby Sean, 1975.

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