The Beatles -- ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’

Happiness Is A Warm Gun (2.43)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal, backing vocal, lead guitar; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine;

Some people thought this was in bad taste (because Martin Luther King was assassinated in April ’68, and Robert Kennedy was gunned down in June) but John said he got it from the cover of a gun magazine that George Martin left lying around (and what was he doing with it?). “He had a book on guns, or he told me about it – I can’t remember,” he said. “I think he showed me the cover which said, ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun.’ I just thought, it was a fantastic, insane thing to say. A warm gun means you’ve just shot something.” Paul recalled it like this: “It was an advert in an American paper. It said, Happiness is a warm gun, sort of thing, and it was ‘Get ready for the long hot summer with a rifle,’ you know, ‘Come and buy them now!’ And it was so sick, you know, the idea of ‘Come and …

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Demo Happiness Is A Warm Gun (2.15)

  • Credit: Lennon / McCartney
  • Main composer: John
  • ‘Anthology 3’ album First released in UK:
    Anthology 3 album – 28 Oct ’96
    ‘Anthology 3’ album First released in USA:
    Anthology 3 album – 29 Oct ’96
  • Publisher: Northern Songs Ltd.
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