A Day in the Life (5:08)

Cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

From Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and 33 other releases

“A Day in the Life” is a song by the British rock band The Beatles, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney. The song appears as the final track on their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song includes portions originally authored independently by Lennon and McCartney, and two cacophonous, part-improvised, orchestral crescendos. Lennon was inspired by newspaper articles on the death of Tara Browne, and a civic plan to fill four thousand potholes in Blackburn. While recording the song, the Beatles were not certain how to fill the gap between Lennon’s and McCartney’s portions of the song. It was later decided that a partly-improvised crescendo by an orchestra would serve as the bridge. The final chord was produced by all 4 Beatles and George Martin banging on 3 pianos simultaneously. As the sound diminished, the engineer boosted to faders. The resulting note lasts 42 seconds, and the studio air conditioners can be heard toward the end as the faders were pushed to the limit to record it.

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  • bohemian_chic

    ~ ♥ ♫ ♥ ~

    13 Jun 6:14pm Reply
  • tresfoufou

    I will never get over how gorgeous John’s voice is on this.

    30 May 6:10pm Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Listen for the studio air conditioning clicking off in the outro.

    28 May 7:18pm Reply
  • Robesko

    ...He blew his mind out in a car. He didn't notice that the lights had changed...

    19 May 11:07am Reply
  • Ben1b

    As a child, this song was so haunting and hauntingly beautiful. I didn't know what to make of it, but could not stop listening.

    14 May 10:37pm Reply
  • nilzzzon

    Perfect !

    14 May 2:55pm Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Absolutely awesome song, but I'll tell you, I always loved that bass part to Paul's "middle eight"......I always wanted to do the twist to that part for some reason......hahahahahaha! Of course there's much more to the song than that......John's part is just.....MIGHTY!

    14 May 3:28am Reply
  • twenty-ten

    Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall--

    7 May 2:04pm Reply
  • nicorebel

    beautiful

    7 May 9:17am Reply
  • Pig17

    The cough never fails to crack me up.

    27 Apr 12:42am Reply
  • corpsetastic

    I'd loooove toooo tuuuurn youuuuu oOoOoOonNnNnNnNn

    25 Apr 3:14am Reply
  • WarriorJones

    Will Paul be back as Superman?

    6 Apr 8:02am Reply
  • DonkeyHotai

    When I was in 10th grade in Tucson, AZ my English teacher brought this album into class one day and played this song. Then we discussed what it meant. I had no clue (still don't) but I thought how really cool that teacher was to let us groove on the Beatles in class. Oh, yeah, and she was probably about 23 and just out of college. Mmm, come to think of it I probably had a crush on her...

    5 Apr 8:18pm Reply
  • FF7Bushido

    having read the book--------

    30 Mar 5:55pm Reply
  • ANovAmber

    Gazettesucks, if you understood the options taken in the song, you would not be surprised.

    27 Mar 4:16pm Reply
  • CanYouBlush

    having read the book--------

    10 Mar 2:47am Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    Definitely one of their best songs if not the best in the entire catalog of recordings they made.What makes them so unique is that even though they broke up in 1970 and haven't recorded in over forty years is the songs and their sound remains fresh and they still pick up newer fans by the million each year that passes.At the top of the list The Beatles along with Elvis are both timeless and both pretty much started rock and roll as we know it today and its still going strong fifty years later.

    7 Mar 10:35am Reply
  • Gazettesucks

    It's ridiculous how Rolling Stone magazine always put this song as the best beatles song.

    20 Feb 2:11am Reply
  • Gazettesucks

    Overrated. tbh.

    20 Feb 2:09am Reply
  • METALLOVINNYMPH

    Never could see any other way

    19 Feb 11:00am Reply
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