Happiness Is A Warm Gun
The Beatles
Beatles 1968 White Album LP

The man in the crowd with the multicolored mirror on his hobnail boots
Lying with his eyes while his hands are busy working overtime
A soap impression of his wife which he ate and donated to the National Trust

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • from the album The Beatles (White Album) (1968)
  • the original working title of the song was "Happiness Is a Warm Gun in Your Hand," a reference to a story title in a gun magazine (The American Rifleman) that John Lennon found lying around the Abbey Road Studios
  • Paul McCartney has commented that this is his favorite song on the "White Album"
  • on the record:
         John Lennon – lead vocal, backing vocals, guitar
         Paul McCartney – bass guitar, backing vocals
         George Harrison – fuzzed lead guitar, backing vocals
         Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
  • written by John Lennon, credited to Lennon–McCartney
  • produced by Chris Thomas ~ George Martin was on holiday while this song was recorded, and had left a note asking Chris Thomas to take over as producer
  • engineered by Ken Scott
  • recorded Sept 23-26, 1968 at EMI Studios, London
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