A Day in the Life (5:03)

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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  • davidvln

    MASTERPIECE

    1 Oct 11:53am Reply
  • davidmxdf

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

    22 Sep 1:57am Reply
  • SpankThru23

    and though the news were rather sad, well I just had to laugh, I saw the photograph...

    25 Aug 2:40pm Reply
  • theironictea

    John's part is "so John," with the thoughtful, introspective lyrics tinged with darkness ("he blew his mind out in a car"); his own experiences melded into the song, John's chords are open, jangly, and really have the "encore" feel to them. As soon as the song starts, you know it's the final salvo of the album. Paul's part is "so Paul." It's an upbeat piano number everyone can relate to: rolling out of bed late. It's happy. It's familiar. It's charming. It "moves," in contrast to John's part, which "floats." Of course, the orchestral build ups in the middle blend the two. It's how John and Paul are linked: sound, and nothing else. They’re just two people who made sound together. They made a whole lot of something out of relatively nothing. And, of course, the final chord…it’s strong, it hangs, and it hangs…and it hangs… The “hang” of the final chord always catches me, and I sit there, reflecting on what the heck I just listened to. Truly a brilliant song. -monolife

    20 Aug 5:58pm Reply
  • davidmxdf

    I read the news today oh boy. About a lucky man who made the grade...

    17 Aug 12:46am Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (...)

    16 Aug 1:25pm Reply
  • SpankThru23

    find my way upstairs and had a smoke and somebody spoke and I went into a dream...

    11 Jul 8:36pm Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    dragged a comb across my head...

    18 Jun 6:14pm Reply
  • RINGULEC

    Today marks 47 years Sgt Pepper Lonely Heart Club Band! : )

    1 Jun 1:45pm Reply
  • tobehurt

    <3

    30 May 12:46pm Reply
  • MatheusKF

    Could be the greatest song ever made. It's just... Perfect. (2)

    24 May 7:47am Reply
  • bartende_r

    Iconic, beautiful

    20 May 10:15pm Reply
  • gooner_14

    ..and sometimes i just forget how beautiful this song is

    20 May 7:31pm Reply
  • nicorebel

    An ode to Tara Guiness....(2)

    13 May 1:27pm Reply
  • tombott

    I never ever tire of this song!

    12 May 9:55am Reply
  • liilliil

    He blew his mind out in a car

    7 May 11:32am Reply
  • suyapc

    During the making of this album they shared the studio with Pink Floyd that was recording "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn", and they were very influenced by then, the very end of this song reminds me of the ending of "Bike" by Pink Floyd

    30 Apr 4:19pm Reply
  • primbn

    That part at the very end is incredibly annoying and a horrible way to end such an amazing album. [4]

    29 Apr 4:57pm Reply
  • primbn

    one....two....three... four..................twenty three...twenty four.....RIIIIIIIING! Woke up, fell out of bed.. [2]

    29 Apr 4:56pm Reply
  • primbn

    It's a majestic song, but WHAT-THE-HELL happens in the end of "official" version? Those voices and sounds... It scares me a lot. hahahaha [4]

    29 Apr 4:51pm Reply
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