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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

This song is by The Beatles and appears on the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).

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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
For the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight on trampoline
The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo Fanque's fair, what a scene

Over men and horses hoops and garters
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire
In this way Mr. K. will challenge the world

The celebrated Mr. K.
Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishopsgate
The Hendersons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring, don't be late

Messrs. K. and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry the Horse dances the waltz

The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. K. performs his tricks without a sound
And Mr. H. will demonstrate
Ten somersets he'll undertake on solid ground

Having been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill


Written by:

primarily by John Lennon with input from Paul McCartney, based on a nineteenth-century circus poster.


  • John Lennon – double-tracked lead vocals and harmony vocals; Hammond organ, piano, tape loops, harmonica
  • Paul McCartney – acoustic guitar, bass
  • George Harrison – harmonica, tambourine
  • Ringo Starr – drums, harmonica
  • George Martin – harmonium, Lowrey organ, glockenspiel, tape loops
  • Mal Evans – harmonica
  • Neil Aspinall – harmonica
  • Geoff Emerick – tape loops

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