The Fool on the Hill (2:55)

Cover of Magical Mystery Tour

From Magical Mystery Tour and 25 other releases

“The Fool on the Hill” is a song by The Beatles. It was written and sung by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and recorded in 1967.

McCartney said of the song:

“’Fool on the Hill’ was mine and I think I was writing about someone like Maharishi. His detractors called him a fool. Because of his giggle he wasn’t taken too seriously … I was sitting at the piano at my father’s house in Liverpool hitting a D 6th chord, and I made up ‘Fool on the Hill.’”

Alistair Taylor, in the book Yesterday, reports a mysterious incident involving a man who inexplicably appeared near him and McCartney during a walk on Primrose Hill and then disappeared again, soon after McCartney and Taylor had conversed about the existence of God; this allegedly prompted the writing of the song.

McCartney played the song for John Lennon during a writing session for “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and Lennon told him to write it down. McCartney didn’t; he was sure he wouldn’t forget it. In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Lennon said, “Now that’s Paul. Another good lyric. Shows he’s capable of writing complete songs.”


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  • atearmstoholdya

    I always thought that the theme song to the old TV show "Room 222" (about a high school) sounded awfully close to this, possibly even copied. I don't know who got the credit for writing the theme song....should have been Lennon/McCartney.

    12 Sep 3:05am Reply
  • TheMally98

    But the fool on the hill...

    26 Jun 8:59pm Reply
  • DaphnePaugam

    It sounds a bit like an attempt of Paul's at doing a Nowhere Man... Lovely!

    12 Jun 12:36pm Reply
  • jeanjunior

    Definitely my favorite, always.

    8 Jan 4:58am Reply
  • Lavi91

    Love this one! ♥

    3 Jan 6:02am Reply
  • williamc99

    Possibly one of the greatest songs I have ever heard. Absolutely perfect.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • bernlin2000

    Love the wind instruments: glorious music

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Dominicanbred

    This is one if not my fave Beatles song.

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • apod00

    One of my favourite Beatles songs

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    That awkward moment when the flute solo comes in.

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    One of my favourite Beatles songs

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Pusstulio

    Siempre acusamos a Maccartney de ser muy softie y blando y muchas veces con mucha razon. Pero tambien tenia sus momentos sublimes y sin caer a lo antes mencionado. Este es uno de ellos.

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • queviva

    Incredibly underrated Beatles song. Magical Mystery Tour is one of my favorite albums of theirs start to finish, and this is absolutely my favorite song on it. It just clicked with me from the first time I heard it and I wish it got as much attention as a lot of their other songs.

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • paradrome

    <3 it

    21 May 2012 Reply
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  • mista-musik

    this track stand out for some reason outta all their stuff?

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • lucasnr_

    words can't describe this song

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • Iainvickers

    Music doesn't get much better than this!

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    the flute playing is so awesome on this!

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
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