Happiness Is A Warm Gun (track) by The Beatles
From the album The Beatles (The White Album) (track #8)
Happiness Is A Warm Gun appears on the following album(s) by The Beatles:
- The Beatles (The White Album) (track #8) (this album) (1968)
- The Beatles Box Set (track #138) (compilation) (1988)
- Anthology 3 (track #2) (compilation) (1996)
- The Beatles In Mono (track #129) (compilation) (2009)
- Mono Collection (track #129) (compilation) (1982)
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Probably their best song after Here Comes the Sun. Wish they would have shown more often this wild side of them to balance the pretty melodies.
John stole the title from an article in American Rifleman, a magazine of the National Rifle Association that George Martin brought to the studio. Lennon thought "it was a fantastic, insane thing to say". Later on it was suggested that the song dealt with either drugs or sexuality. John deniet it had anything to do with drugs, but admitted in 1980 that the song had a sexual meaning. "That was the beginning of my relation with Yoko and I was very sexually oriented then."
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Ambitious and successful
Am I the only one who thinks this song could have been good if it wasn't so badly produced? I mean, the guitar sounds awful and the drum is mixed very badly. This is very weird, considering how well tunes are normally produced with The Beatles. But it fits with the rest of disc one of The White Album, not polished and raw.
My favorite song about John Lennon's penis. Likely to be the best song off of The White Album, as well as one of Lennon's best vocal performances.
Since I have first heard this it instantly became one of my favourites! Interesting sounds and very complex. Happyness is a warm gun, yes it is!
A bit like Bohemian Rhapsody but 7 years earlier and actually good.
Brilliant and foreboding!
One of my favourite Beatles songs and certainly one of the highlights of the White album. John Lennon manages to cram about four or five songs into three minutes or so. It's a beautiful song suite, great lyrics and some sublime melodies put together to help make Happiness is a warm gun John Lennon's greatest contribution to the White album.
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