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A Day in the Life

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A Day in the Life
I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph

He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords

I saw a film today, oh boy
The English army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on


Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up, I noticed I was late
(Huh, huh, huh, huh)

Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream

Ah, ah ah ah
Ah ah ah, ah ah ah
Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah

I read the news today, oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I'd love to turn you on



  • John Lennon – double tracked lead vocals (on all the verses), acoustic guitar, maracas and piano (final E chord)
  • Paul McCartney – piano, lead vocals (on the middle section), and bass guitar
  • George Harrison – maracas, acoustic guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, congas and piano (final E chord)
  • George Martin – harmonium (final E chord)
  • Mal Evans – alarm clock, counting, piano (final E chord)
  • John Marston – harp
  • Eric Gruenberg, Granville Jones, Bill Monro, Jurgen Hess, Hans Geiger, D. Bradley, Lionel Bentley, David McCallum, Donald Weekes, Henry Datyner, Sidney Sax, Ernest Scott – violin
  • John Underwood, Gwynne Edwards, Bernard Davis, John Meek – viola
  • Francisco Gabarro, Dennis Vigay, Alan Delziel, Alex Nifosi – cello
  • Cyril Mac Arther, Gordon Pearce – double bass
  • Roger Lord – oboe
  • Basil Tschaikov, Jack Brymer – clarinet
  • N. Fawcett, Alfred Waters – bassoon
  • Clifford Seville, David Sandeman – flute
  • Alan Civil, Neil Sanders – French horn
  • David Mason, Monty Montgomery, Harold Jackson – trumpet
  • Raymond Brown, Raymond Premru, T. Moore – trombone
  • Michael Barnes – tuba
  • Tristan Fry – timpani


  • Orchestrated by George Martin, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
  • Conducted by George Martin and Paul McCartney.
  • Produced by George Martin.
  • Engineered by Geoff Emerick.
  • Published by Northern Songs.


Rolling Stone Wikipedia16 ranked "A Day In The Life" #26 in its 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is also ranked #5 in Pitchfork Media's The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s.

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