Sun King (2:26)

Cover of Abbey Road

From Abbey Road and 6 other releases

“Sun King” is a song by The Beatles that appeared on the Abbey Road album. It is the second song of the B-side’s climactic medley.

In an interview in 1987, Harrison said that the recording was inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross”. “At the time, ‘Albatross’ (by Fleetwood Mac) was out, with all the reverb on guitar. So we said, ‘Let’s be Fleetwood Mac doing Albatross, just to get going.’ It never really sounded like Fleetwood Mac… but that was the point of origin.”

The working title was “Here Comes the Sun King”, but was shortened to “Sun King” to avoid confusion with the song “Here Comes the Sun”. The lyrics to start the song are the same as the title and lyrics of “Here Comes the Sun”, but with the word “King” inserted afterwards, although George Harrison wrote the former and “Sun King” is written by John Lennon. Later, the song, in minor key with an organ in the background, breaks into a faux Romance language mixing English, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The song is in three-part harmony, sung by Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Harrison. At the end of the song, the music stops abruptly and a Ringo Starr drum fill leads into the next track, “Mean Mr. Mustard”.

The faux mixing of Romance languages occurs in the last three lines of the song. In 1969, Lennon was interviewed about these lyrics and said, “We just started joking, you know, singing ‘quando para mucho.’ So we just made up… Paul knew a few Spanish words from school, you know. So we just strung any Spanish words that sounded vaguely like something.

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  • littlelouie1

    Apple records was going out of biz. & on the cover of the album Abbey Road you see Paul walking barefoot because in England you get buried barefoot & on the car the plate number has a 28 on it which that was Paul's age when the Beatles pulled a rumor saying that Paul is dead but mean while he was on a long plane ride. Great album.

    14 Feb 1:46pm Reply
  • birdturd93

    Probably one of the most underrated Beatles tracks. but i love it a lot!

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • randorolian

    Such a beautiful, chilled track, well placed before the madness of the medley begins. Absolutely love it.

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • dianadesim

    Relaxing.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Duderino_0

    For some reason I never realized there was the sound of crickets at the beginning of this song until today. I had to google to make sure I wasn't hallucinating.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bryisfly

    best song on Abbey Road

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Jon-Lucas

    Love the effects on the guitar. [2]

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • FF7Bushido

    Similar songs: Pink Floyd - Any Colour You Like <-- now that's a good one once in a while

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • corpsetastic

    Bass is so complimentary and the drumming is almost tribal in its hypnotic noodling.

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • PattySauce

    The Beatles are by far one of the best ever!!!! Beautiful song!

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Karttakeppi

    This song makes me very happy.

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • buitronbrenda

    Perhaps it's a cricket, not a bird?

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • pifreitas

    I love this sound.

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • appidydafoo

    :)

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    Excellence beyond !

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    It's a bird innit?

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • Yunie58

    Also thought of Don't Let Me Down a bit [2].

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    Beatle perfection. No other group would have a tune like this simply sitting on an album, it would be their signature tune.

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • irfanh23

    die lyrics sont ridocolmentes et imaginativos [2]

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
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