Good Night (song)
Name = Good Night
22 November 1968
track_no = 13 of disc 2
28 June 1968
Genre = Pop,
Length = 3:11
Tracks = Side one
Back in the U.S.S.R."
Wild Honey Pie"
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Happiness Is a Warm Gun"Side two
Martha My Dear"
I'm So Tired"
Don't Pass Me By"
Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
Mother Nature's Son"
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
Long, Long, Long"Side four
- "Revolution 1""Good Night" is the final song by
Cry Baby Cry"
The Beatleson their self-titled album (aka "The White Album"). It is sung by Ringo Starr, the only Beatle to appear on the song. The music is provided by an orchestraarranged and conducted by George Martin. John Lennonoriginally wrote the song as a lullabyfor his son Julian when he was five years old.
George Martin's arrangement is excessively lush, and intentionally so. Lennon is said to have wanted the song to sound "real cheesy" — like a
Gordon Jenkins-esque Hollywoodproduction number.The musicians play the following instruments: twelve violins, three violas, three cellos, one harp, three flutes, one clarinet, one horn, one vibraphone and one string bass. The Mike Sammes Singers also took part in the recording.
The song has been covered by several artists, including the Carpenters,
Kenny Loggins, Cyril Stapleton, the Manhattan Transfer, and Monkeesdrummer Micky Dolenzand the "Forces Sweetheart" Vera Lynnwho released it as a single and performed it on a BBC TV variety show. It was also chosen by the British band Coldplayto play out after the band had left the stage at concerts on their 2005–2006 Twisted Logic Tour.
The song makes two appearances on the Beatles' soundtrack to the
Cirque du Soleilproduction of "Love". It first can be heard at the end of " Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" transitioning into " Octopus's Garden". It can be heard a minor third lower than originally recorded. After the orchestral intro to the third verse of "Good Night", the same orchestral accompaniment is played over a sample of Ringo Starr freely, slowly singing the opening words to "Octopus's Garden". Later, at the end of the show, after the strains of " All You Need Is Love" have faded out, the orchestral outro of "Good Night" (in its original key, G major) (as well as the last bits of dialogue in the Beatles' fan club-exclusive Christmas album) brings the album to a peaceful close.
In the 1980s, it was used as the soundtrack to an animated film that was used for the daily close-down of
Sydney, Australia's Seven Networkaffiliate, ATN-7. The sequence contained brief cartoon nudity, so it earned considerable controversy. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8zTfVzXaCM] The song was also used back in the 1970s on Greensboro, North Carolina's WFMY-TVwhen they were signing off the air.
A truncated version of the recording was used in the close-down of
Newark, New JerseyTV station WWHT for its short-lived rock video format as "U-68" in 1986. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkzn8h35xoU]
A later cover version, appeared in the Mexican TV '70s show "El Chavo del Ocho", on the Acapulco special sung in Spanish by Chespirito and titled "Buenas noches, vecindad" (literally, "Good night, neighborhood").
A 1 second clip of the song is heard on the
Paul McCartneyalbum Liverpool Sound Collageat 3:38 on the track 'Plastic Beetle'
* [http://www.stevesbeatles.com/songs/good_night.asp Lyrics for "Good Night"]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8zTfVzXaCM 1980s ATN-7 closedown sequence] (featuring Good Night)
* [http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/gn.shtml Alan W. Pollack's analysis of Good Night]
* [http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/good-night/ The Beatles Bible: Good Night]
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