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Morning Song – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite

June 7, 2017

Perhaps the loopiest thing about The Beatles’ “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite” is that it’s all true.

John Lennon got the lyrics—almost word for word—from a Victorian-era circus poster he’d picked up at an antiques store a few months earlier. All the characters*: Pablo Fanque, Mr. Kite, the Hendersons, were featured performers in the most popular English circus of the mid-19th century.

Whoever owns the rights to the Beatles catalog these days apparently isn’t interested in making the songs available on YouTube, so here’s a live clip from a recent Paul McCartney show in Tokyo.

*Well, except for “Henry the Horse”; the horse’s name was Zanthus…but Zanthus doesn’t fit the rhyme scheme.

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