Baby You're a Rich Man (2:59)

Cover of Magical Mystery Tour

From Magical Mystery Tour and 14 other releases

“Baby, You’re a Rich Man” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by The Beatles on 11 May 1967 at Olympic Sound Studios. This was the first song by the band recorded and mixed completely outside Abbey Road Studios. The song was recorded during sessions for the Magical Mystery Tour EP, but was intended for the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. That plan changed when it was used as the B-side of the “All You Need Is Love” single.

Two song fragments were combined to create “Baby, You’re a Rich Man”. The verses from “One of the Beautiful People” by John Lennon were combined with Paul McCartney’s previously unaccompanied “Baby, you’re a rich man…” chorus. Two songs were combined in a similar fashion to make “A Day in the Life”.[2] The song featured an unusual oboe-like sound, which was created with a clavioline, an early forerunner of the synthesiser.

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  • funereal_waif

    i just really really love this song.

    14 Mar 12:16pm Reply
  • echo725

    Wow, the mono version is a different listening experience. Excellent, but quite different than the studio version.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • psychorinchen

    @kim_moi03, strange, "what a thing to do".

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    Miracles will never cease, Last.fm plays a Beatles track from my library radio. Good point about the verses being better than the chorus, though I wouldn't knock the anthemic nature of the chorus either.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • sasukeroxxx

    the verse of this song is substantially better than the chorus [2]

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • kim_moi03

    i always wait for the line "you keep all your money in a big brown bag inside a zoo." to come

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • phillipkilch316

    Winning is when they finally decided to stream tracks from The Beatles on last.fm {2}

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • Sadie1993b

    How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    Missing a comma much? [2] Oh well, best to keep all the plays together, I suppose…

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • lost1in1death

    Personal favorite from them.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • guto013

    Oi meu nome é Samara, tenho 14 anos (Teria se estivesse viva), morri aos 13 em Cascavel-PR. Eu andava de bicicleta Quando não pude desviar de um arame farpado. O pior foi que o dono do lote não quis me ajudar, riu bastante (...)Dia 15 de Julho Mariana resolveu rir dessa mensagem, uma noite depois ela sumiu sem deixar vestigios. O mesmo aconteceu com Kare dia 18 de Outubro. Não Quebre essa corrente por favor, a não ser que queira sentir a minha presença...

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BiIIyShears

    BABY, YOU'RE A RICH FAG JEW! Lennon at his best.

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • TVRobot

    Missing a comma much?

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • llamagesicht

    A good song to wash dishes to.

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    great tune...now everyone remembers the Side A 45 rpm flipside,right?...The World famous ."All You Need Is Love"on.good ol Capitol Records 5964..

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mattmacneil

    the verse of this song is substantially better than the chorus

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    This reminds me of The Happy Mondays...Maybe it's the wonky shuffling beat or the attitude. Wow. The Beatles even invented Madchester (which, considering where they're from, is damn funny).

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    I considered the Magical Mystery Tour album to be superior to Sgt Pepper for the quality of the songs, although the production skills for it were gleaned from the Pepper recordings. George plays some very tasty licks on this song. Also, the Beatles never dabbled in epithets or slurs.

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Dominicanbred

    Winning is when they finally decided to stream tracks from The Beatles on last.fm [1]

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    why would you take a beatles song and make it hateful? don't do that.

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
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