Hello Goodbye (3:26)

Cover of Magical Mystery Tour

From Magical Mystery Tour and 17 other releases

“Hello, Goodbye” is a song written by Lennon/McCartney and first recorded by the English rock band The Beatles. The song was released as a single in November 1967, and topped the charts in both the United States and Britain.
Though the songwriting credit is Lennon/McCartney, it was written only by Paul McCartney.
Alistair Taylor, who worked for the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, had asked McCartney how he wrote his songs, and McCartney took him into his dining room to give him a demonstration on his harmonium. He asked Taylor to shout the opposite of whatever he sang as he played the instrument—black and white, yes and no, stop and go, hello and goodbye. Taylor later said, “I wonder whether Paul really made up that song as he went along or whether it was running through his head already.”
Under the working title “Hello Hello”, the Beatles recorded the backing track on 2 October 1967, and added vocals and a guitar overdub on the 19th. After further overdubs of bass guitar and viola, recording was completed on the 2nd November, and mixing on the 6th.
The final lines of the song, where the entire band sings “Hela, hey-ba hello-a” came spontaneously in the studio. McCartney said “I remember the end bit where there’s the pause and it goes ‘Heba, heba hello’. We had those words and we had this whole thing recorded but it didn’t sound quite right, and I remember asking Geoff Emerick if we could really whack up the echo on the tom-toms.


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  • Kimpaz


    31 Jan 5:30am Reply
  • Caboonha

    classic twee paul.

    20 Jan 9:21am Reply
  • enxe3

    "Hello, Goodbye" [4] Read: "The comma in the title is inconsistent between releases. The original Parlophone (U.K.) single release has a comma (as does the single in most other countries), but the Capitol (U.S.) single has no comma. The vinyl Magical Mystery Tour compilation (11-song version created by Capitol, not the 6-song Parlophone E.P.) and the later MMT CD releases (including the remasters) spell this with no comma, but the song on Anthology 2 and the "1" singles compilation both use a comma. Since the original U.K. release used a comma (and that has been carried over to non-MMT CD releases) I think that's more official, with the Capitol single and the MMT compilation without a comma being an error by a Capitol employee. "

    4 Jan 12:46pm Reply
  • rosmaritbrum

    Hello !!! Goodbye....♥

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • herownlagoon

    Love their music video! The way they dance at the end is hilarious.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Keithcow

    Perfect pop/rock

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nitty_look

    One of my fav Beatles songs. Great tune!

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SpankThru23

    love the drums.

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • alainchaumont

    "Hello, Goodbye" [3]

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • DaphnePaugam

    Paul eyeshagging the camera at 0:30 °u°

    12 Jun 2014 Reply


    2 May 2014 Reply
  • zmatster

    I really believe these guys might make it big one day.

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • pikininah

    Love it! <3

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    It's the cycle of greetings.

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • nick_honest

    great song

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • purpleyoshi7

    I just love the end of the music video for this one. They look like they're having so much fun!

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • luisdpazos

    Nice .indeed

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TheGhostMutt

    I want a Sgt Pepper outfit damn it!

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
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