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Trivia fact: “When I’m Sixty-Four” was used during the opening credits of the 1982 film, “The World According To Garp,” starring Robin Williams and Glenn Close (which was her feature film debut) Go ahead and listen to the song. Enjoy! “Lovely Rita”“Lovely Rita” is probably the weakest song on Sgt. Pepper. The song is redeemed through its lyrics, which are a delightful narrative about a lovable “meter maid” Recording on this song commenced on February 23, 1967. It was supposedly based on a friendly encounter with traffic warden Meta Davis in Garden Road, St. John’s Wood. In his lyrics, McCartney initially poked fun at authority, but decided later to make the character endearing. The song includes a long, aimless coda (ending section of the song) where Lennon gasps and moans. “Good Morning Good Morning”“Good Morning Good Morning” by Lennon is one of the most innovative songs on Sgt. Pepper. In the following paragraphs, center your attention on the song’s genesis, changing meters (a Lennon trademark), and the use of recorded animal noises, which, in conjunction with the song’s vocals and instrumental accompaniment, is an example of musique concrète, a form of music that is in part both traditional and electronic, the electronics coming from sounds recorded from nature. “Good Morning Good Morning” is a song about television-accompanied boredom, inspired by a Kellogg’s Cornflakes commercial. The line “It’s time for tea and meet the wife” is derived from the 1960s BBCsitcom, “Meet the Wife.” Structurally, the song is governed by changing meters: 3 bars of 5/4, followed by single bars of 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, two of 3/4, and two of 4/4.
Besides the changing meters, “Good Morning Good Morning” features a creative use of animal noises, which are examples of musique concrète. The song especially includes a rooster (probably a reference to the Kellogg’s Cornflakes commercial) at the beginning and end of the song. Supposedly the animals heard are deliberately arranged so that beginning with the second one, each animal could conceivably frighten or consume the preceding one. Go ahead and watch the video about the song from The Making of Sgt. Pepper. You’ll actually see the clips of the Kellogg’s Cornflakes commercial and the British sitcom “Meet the Wife” that inspired Lennon to write the song. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”In “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise),” consider the relationship between this track and the LP’s opening, particularly with respect to the album’s concept of a fictional band who is presenting “a show.” Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison wrote “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise).” The audience sounds of the song return us to the LP’s opening track. During the unfolding of the LP, we have been members of this imaginary audience, and we are now ready to witness Sgt. Pepper’s farewell. Listen in particular for McCartney’s count-off and Lennon’s exclamation of “byee!” Finally, the song is a real rocker,