The 15 Beatles Songs with Animals in The Title

Posted in: Rock by Alistair Briggs on October 26th, 2009 | 19 Comments

The Beatles took their name from an animal (well ok, an insect and a misspelled one at that!) so it is no surprise that they also included animals names in their song titles. Here we will take a look at all 15 of them.

And Your Bird Can Sing

This song appeared on the Beatles album Revolver in the UK and on the album Oldies but Goldies in the US. Although it came under the Lennon/McCartney songwriting umbrella it was primarily a Lennon composition. Interestingly, the song was used as the theme tune to the official Beatles cartoon, in its third series.

Blackbird

This song appeared on the album called the Beatles (also known as the White Album). It was actually recorded solo by Paul McCartney but as per usual was released under the Lennon/McCartney songwriting umbrella. Apparently it was written due to rising racial tensions in America.

Blue Jay Way

Taking its name from a street in the Hollywood Hills, this George Harrison written track appeared on the Magical Mystery Ep and corresponding film. The Ep was turned into an album with the inclusion of the singles Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever which had originally been planned for the Sgt Peppers album.

Dig A Pony

This song appeared on the Let It Be album, the last Beatles album released but the second last recorded. It was also the penultimate song to be performed on the Beatles famous roof-top ‘concert’ in January 1969. Despite Lennon being the main writer he later dismissed it as rubbish.

Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey

Another song from the ‘White Album’. John Lennon, in the year of his death, said that this song was written about himself and Yoko Ono. If you ever get the chance, listen to the cover version by Kristin Hersh; it rocks.

Free As A Bird

This was a solo effort by John Lennon originally but when the Beatles got back together in the mid 90’s they needed some new material so used this song. Overdubbing their own parts over the original a new Beatles track was formed. Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra produced this song which appeared on the Anthology 1 album. It reached number 2 in the UK charts.

Hey Bulldog

It was not often that the Beatles wrote a song around a piano riff but this is one of them. It originally appeared on the Yellow Submarine songbook. It was written at the same time as Lady Madonna. Why it was never considered as a single is beyond me!

I Am The Walrus

A lot of people think this is quite a meaningless song lyrically, however if you were to read into a very interesting story is revealed. The walrus was meant to be based on a Lewis Carrol character. Although it is John that claims to be the walrus in this song, he later renounced this by singing ‘the walrus was Paul’ in the song Glass Onion.

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