The Beatles -- ‘Rocky Raccoon’

Rocky Raccoon (3.33)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal, harmonium, harmonica; George Harrison: Backing vocal, bass guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Piano: George Martin

This was written in Rishikesh during their trip to India.

“John and I were sitting round playing guitar with Donovan,” explained Paul. “And we were just sitting around enjoying ourselves, and I started playing the chords of ‘Rocky Raccoon’, you know, just messing around. And we just started making up the words, you know, the three of us – they came very quickly. Originally it was going to be called Rocky Sassoon but I changed it from Sassoon to Raccoon, because it sounded more like a cowboy. So there it is. These kind of things – you can’t really talk about how they come about because they just come into your head, you know. It’s like John writing his books. I don’t know how he does it, and he doesn’t know either – he just writes. It’s like any writer, you know. I think …

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