Hey Bulldog (3:09)

Cover of Yellow Submarine

From Yellow Submarine and 16 other releases

“Hey Bulldog” is a song by The Beatles which first appeared on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack album in 1968. Written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney), the song was recorded during the filming of the “Lady Madonna” promotional video, and is one of the few Beatles songs to revolve around a piano riff.

During the recording, Paul McCartney started to bark without warning. The next lines, initially written as “Hey Bullfrog”, were changed mid-song to “Hey Bulldog”. This became the song’s title.

Geoff Emerick, the Beatles’ engineer, would subsequently claim this was the last song the band recorded that featured a team dynamic with enthusiasm from every member. When the group reconvened in the studio in May 1968 for the The Beatles sessions, their group cohesion had already been undermined by the business, artistic, and personal differences that would culminate in their eventual breakup.

During these sessions, a film crew photographed the four Beatles recording the song. It was one of the few times they allowed themselves to be extensively filmed recording in the Abbey Road studios, for a promotional film to be released during their scheduled four-month retreat to India (which was later edited together as a promotional film for the single Lady Madonna).

Musically, the song harks back to the early R&B riffs of songs such as Money (That’s What I Want), and retains a similar blues feel as Lady Madonna - the two songs were combined on the Love album.

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  • elalbumblanco

    This song is even better in mono.

    26 Aug 7:44pm Reply
  • njokmo413

    Great song... I'm glad I didn't completely disregard the YS album

    16 Jul 7:10am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great bass, barking and a song overall ♥♥♥

    2 Apr 5:55pm Reply
  • MickyDolenz

    oh man the bass in this

    24 Mar 5:20am Reply
  • lihei

    Great energy and performance from Grohl of this classic.

    8 Mar 12:06am Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    It was great to hear David Grohl cover this song on The Beatles tribute TV show...

    5 Mar 4:33pm Reply
  • ukulelelab

    Great bass

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Dezibluenose

    Top tune. Cant believe the first time I heard this was playing Beatles Rock Band

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ceratitekken

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • BanconIsGood

    the bass

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • treradical

    i remember listening to this song all the time as a kid. love this song.

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Panecea

    ♥♥♥♥ Hey Bulldog ♥♥♥♥

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Kinski_

    What makes you think you're something special if you smile?

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • c0c0butter

    I love the bit at the end.

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • cewelsch89

    this is definitely one of my favorite Beatles songs

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • gabydepp593

    i love john's voice to death.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Enousc

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jessthehippie91

    I once played vocals on Beatles Rockband to this and REALLY went far out and took the barking and screaming part quite seriously. peace + love

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DrBlur

    One of my all-time favorite Beatles tunes. Wish they'd done more in this vein.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Pawa17

    Рифф офигенный

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
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