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

Cover of Magical Mystery Tour

From Magical Mystery Tour and 15 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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  • Isaaa_cx

    The original title is "Baby, You're a Rich Man" [2]

    10 May 6:56pm Reply
  • Beast-Robot

    30 Mar 2:02pm Reply
  • enxe3

    The original title is "Baby, You're a Rich Man"

    4 Jan 12:51pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    and it's Eddie Kramer on the vibraphone, Brian Jones plays a oboe or some other woodwind type instrument on here.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    weakest on the record? This is my personal favorite beatles song :D

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Druid66

    Rolling Stone Brian Jones, as I recall, played something (not guitar) on this track.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Ivartist

    Cool song, but I think it's the weakest on the album.

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    Superb. Also, Social Network, anyone?

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • funereal_waif

    i just really really love this song.

    14 Mar 2014 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, 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 {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
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