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 34 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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I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh

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  • HayleighRayment

    Puppet who needs love and kisses and you have an island of my body cut open to let them know about the friend you called the pier not the one that was a summer baby on a horse riding a good father and the control plays with the kindle fire and cuddle firefly to be a lifetime for a long time and there were going home from the peoples voice dancing with Capri suns in my kind of

    Yesterday 10:00pm Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    Never could see any other way...

    29 Jan 11:04am Reply
  • usamike

    i thought i hear already loved all i can do from the Beatles, but no! Glee brought me here and makeme love another song of the Beatles ! Glee !

    24 Jan 7:39am Reply
  • JakorJas

    Love it!!!

    23 Jan 7:50pm Reply
  • enxe3

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES! [2]

    3 Jan 11:33am Reply
  • websrfr

    my fav Beatles track, hands down.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • musikpuppy101


    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • LoveisInfinite

    Latarnie Montpellier - A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover) https://soundcloud.com/latarnie-montpellier/a-day-in-the-life-the-beatles-cover

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Keithcow

    Pure class

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    Best Beatles song. Hands are down.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • tcbp

    best song ever. no contest

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MrShayton

    Nice Song

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ravic23

    I hate this ending. Sounds creepy.

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • davidvln


    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • davidmxdf

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

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • SpankThru23

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

    25 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • davidmxdf

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

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
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