Chart Position: 8

  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Lead vocals: John Lennon
  • Guitar: John Lennon
  • Backing vocals: Paul McCartney
  • Produced by  George Martin
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr were not available to take part in this recording
  • The song references a number of activities newlyweds John Lennon and  Yoko Ono were involved in at the time including ‘Acorns for Peace’ and a Bed-In for Peace
  • The song mentions Beatles aide Peter Brown by name; he later wrote a tell-all book about The Beatles
  • Many U.S. radio stations refused to play this song because of its references to Christ and crucifixion
  • This was Beatles’ last #1 single in the U.K.
  • The outro guitar riff played by John Lennon is taken from Dorsey and Johnny Burnette’s ‘Lonesome Tears in My Eyes’

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