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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  • HayleighRayment

    of puppet babies

    2 Jul 7:23pm Reply
  • littlelouie1

    This is one or maybe the best Beatles song that I love which I like them all.............. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , side 2 last song. I still have the LP album in mint condition & old 45's & other LP's. I grew up with the Beatles & then went into what they call classic rock which my brother took me to Woodstock & that's the era that classic rock started & then I saw Muddy Waters Blues Band & I became hooked on the Blues but I'll always love the music that I grew up with because it was a part of my life just like the name of this song. A Day in The Life.....of my life.

    27 Jun 10:22am Reply
  • nelsonha

    Such perfection. Never matched and often imitated.

    15 Jun 7:21pm Reply
  • davidmxdf

    In my list of possible songs to be considered the best of all time. (http://www.lastfm.es/user/davidmxdf/library/playlists/70nrm_posibles_canciones_a_considerar_como_la_mejor_de_todos_los_tiempos).

    10 Jun 9:26pm Reply
  • Jokurr

    One of their best.

    26 May 3:28am Reply
  • Redmis12

    Essa música me lembra muitos sentimentos bonitos.

    24 May 3:10am Reply
  • DouglasCostaAx

    never could see any other way

    20 May 12:20pm Reply
  • Izhorian

    This is musical magic. A 5 and a half minute song (1 minute of which is a long quiet fade out) feels like a 10-15 minute epic. Awesome!

    12 May 7:23pm Reply
  • Tanmut

    I've been for long time elaborating why is this widely recognized as the greatest Beatles song. And I finally get it. Lot of their previous songs, could be (with grouchy hyperbole) recognized as really catchy tunes by a popular band. But this had to take a lot of mastery in the fields of writting, playing, recording and mastering. One of the most influential songs ever, and of course: One of the greatest.

    30 Apr 8:06pm Reply
  • icicle241286

    One of the few tracks that I will accept people histrionically describing as the "BEST SONG EVAR!!!1!!"

    24 Apr 12:38pm Reply
  • theorly64

    dat outro though

    16 Apr 11:23pm Reply
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  • Druid66

    A strong finish to an overrated album.

    11 Apr 4:13am Reply
  • GeovannaLeal


    15 Mar 3:41am Reply
  • Eddicus-Catico

    all of this song is perfect

    13 Mar 5:31am Reply
  • Funky-Shit-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES! [3]

    25 Feb 10:47pm Reply
  • StarAlchemist

    The Beatles' masterpiece

    16 Feb 11:40pm Reply
  • 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

    30 Jan 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
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