Penny Lane (3:00)

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From Magical Mystery Tour and 48 other releases

“Penny Lane” is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, and released in February 1967 as one side of a double A-sided single, along with John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Beatles producer George Martin has stated he believes the pairing of these songs resulted in probably the greatest single ever released by the group. Both songs were later released on the US Magical Mystery Tour album in November 1967. In the UK, the pairing famously failed to reach #1 in the singles charts, stalling one place below Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Please Release Me”. In the US The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week before being knocked off by The Turtles song “Happy Together”. The song features contrasting verse-chorus form and was credited “Lennon-McCartney”, although McCartney was the main contributor to the song. The song’s title is derived from the name of a street in the band’s hometown, Liverpool. The area that surrounds its junction with Smithdown Road is also commonly called Penny Lane. Locally the term “Penny Lane” was the name given to Allerton Road and Smithdown Road and its busy shopping area. Penny Lane is named after James Penny, an 18th century slave trader.

McCartney and Lennon grew up in the area and they would meet at Penny Lane junction to catch a bus into the centre of the city. The street is an important landmark, sought out by most Beatles fans touring Liverpool. In the past, street signs saying “Penny Lane” were constant targets of tourist theft and had to be continually replaced. Eventually, city officials gave up and simply began painting the street name on the sides of buildings.


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In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs
Of every head he's had the pleasure to know
And all the people that come and go
Stop and say hello

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  • ForestFloor

    It's a clean machine. [2]

    17 Apr 4:31pm Reply
  • Keithcow

    Just about my favourite ever track

    22 Feb 9:16pm Reply
  • enxe3

    The instruments just work so perfectly with the lyrics, this is such an amazing song. [2]

    4 Jan 12:49pm Reply
  • penquinharp

    always forever cool

    3 Jan 6:27am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • dan-o2

    They credit these songs to McCartney and suggest Lennon had little to do with them. Fact is, after leaving the Beatles McCartney was never nearly as good. I think Lennon had plenty to do with McCartney songs success. In fairness, the reverse is also true.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    that keyboard

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • atearmstoholdya

    My oldest sister went with a DJ at our local radio station. After the song was off of the playlist he gave it to her. The song (radio cut) was different than the album cut, or the single purchased in a record store. It had several more notes played by the horn near the end of the song. There were several Beatles records that were different than what was on the (American) albums, and what is on the CDs that are released now-a-days

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    Great track.

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    very strange

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TheMally98

    Is in my ears and in my eyes <3

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Forget_this

    what else

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • Fix-a-Heart

    love songgggg

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Pretty much a perfect pop song ♥♥♥

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Such a catchy, beautiful and up-beat tune. Classic!

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Indierock93

    One of their masterpieces!

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Phthalo_blue

    It's such a good song

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    It's a clean machine.

    31 May 2013 Reply
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    12 May 2013 Reply
  • Sadie1993b

    I especially love the last "Penny Lane".

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
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