Golden Slumbers (1:31)

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From Abbey Road and 6 other releases

“Golden Slumbers” is a song by The Beatles, part of the climactic medley on their 1969 album Abbey Road. The song begins the progression that leads to the end of the album and is followed by “Carry That Weight.” The two songs were recorded together as a single piece, and both were written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney).

“Golden Slumbers” is based on the poem “Cradle Song” by Thomas Dekker and written in a lullaby style. McCartney saw the sheet music for Dekker’s lullaby at his father’s home in Liverpool, left on a piano by his stepsister Ruth McCartney. McCartney could not read music at the time and was unable to read the score, and so he created his own melody and arrangement. The words originally come from a lullaby in The Pleasant Comodie of Patient Grissill written about 1603.

The main recording session for “Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight” was on 2 July 1969. John Lennon was not present. He was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Scotland on 1 July 1969, and was hospitalized there until 6 July.

Additional vocals were added in an overdub session on 30 July 1969, the same day the first trial edit of the side two medley was created. Lennon did participate in this session. On 15 August, orchestral overdubs were made to “Golden Slumbers” and five other songs on Abbey Road.


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  • silversurfer250

    According to Mark Lewisohn's The Beatles Recording Sessions, McCartney recorded this song on July 2, 1969, a day after Lennon suffered injuries from a car accident in Scotland that left him in a hospital until July 6th. So Lennon did not perform on this song. George Harrison played bass guitar as Paul was playing piano.

    5 Apr 3:37pm Reply
  • Rissacakes

    this will always make me a little sad. it reminds me of the last time I saw someone I was very close to, years ago.

    20 Feb 6:13am Reply
  • Storchel

    These guys just might make it big one day. [2]

    9 Feb 10:21am Reply
  • nick_honest

    great song

    31 Jan 8:33pm Reply
  • zmatster

    These guys just might make it big one day.

    14 Jan 6:02pm Reply
  • jongregory

    Somehow, these dudes were just never as good separately. Competition has done awful things to humanity, but I think it was good for The Beatles.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • wanderlusting__

    my mom used to sing me this song when i was a child

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • oasisaint

    rediscovered the beatles through the Japanese movie by this title "Golden Slumbers." beautiful movie, beautiful song

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
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    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bleedscoldwater

    Paul's vocals. Holy shit. I love the way he says 'golden slumbers filllll your eyes, smiles aawaaaaake when you rise.' Wow. [8]

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    i fucking hate this track

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Drag30

    Never ceases to blow me away... If only John was still with us. I could only imagine the amazing music that they could of wrote together.

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • guowa

    what a powerfull voice Paul!

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    podem falar pra mim o que quiserem, qualquer musica dos beatles, nenhuma se compara a essa. melhor música. a emoção presente nela é algo simplesmente indescritível. sleep little darling, do not cry. and i'll sing a lullaby <3

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • emma605

    i listened to this as a very, very young child. i had forgotten about it, since i was so little and i didn't know at the time how amazing it was. it wasn't until i was in 9th grade -- when i became absolutely obsessed with the beatles -- that i heard this song again. and suddenly i was crying. this song soothed me to sleep as a child. it is invaluable to me.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    Sleep pretty darling do not cry and I will sing a lullaby

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • m_reds

    once there was a way....

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Lyssky88

    Their bezzzt.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Powerstars

    Needs Carry That Weight and The End. :(

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
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