Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (3:59)

Cover of Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon

From Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon and 26 other releases

“Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” is a song written by John Lennon. It was released on the 1980 album Double Fantasy, the last album by Lennon and Ono released before his death.

The song was written for Lennon’s son Sean, his only child with Yoko Ono. It begins with John comforting his son from what is presumably a nightmare and develops into John passionately describing the love he has for his son and the joy Sean gave him. At the end of the song, John whispers “Good night Sean, see you in the morning.”

The lines “Every day in every way/It’s getting better and better” are repeated in the song. They are inspired by the mantra of French psychologist Émile Coué, who had his patients repeat the lines “Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better” (Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux) over and over again as part of therapy.

It’s also been suggested that the lyrics “Every day in every way/It’s getting better and better” are something of a tribute to Paul McCartney, as Paul had written the famous song “Getting Better” on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which included the lyrics “It’s getting better and better.”

At the end of the song, John Lennon whispers “Good night, Sean. See you in the morning. Right again” in a similar fashion to what Ringo Starr whispers at the end of the Beatles song Good Night, which was a song written by John Lennon for his other son, Julian Lennon.

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