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Encyclopedia > Sun King (song)
"Sun King"
Song by The Beatles
Album Abbey Road
Released 26 September 1969
Recorded Abbey Road: 24-25 July 1969
Genre Rock, psychedelic rock
Length 2:26
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Abbey Road track listing
Side one
  1. "Come Together"
  2. "Something"
  3. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
  4. "Oh! Darling"
  5. "Octopus's Garden"
  6. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
Side two
  1. "Here Comes the Sun"
  2. "Because"
  3. "You Never Give Me Your Money"
  4. "Sun King"
  5. "Mean Mr. Mustard"
  6. "Polythene Pam"
  7. "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"
  8. "Golden Slumbers"
  9. "Carry That Weight"
  10. "The End"
  11. "Her Majesty"

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The working title was "Here Comes the Sun King"[1], shortened to "Sun King" to avoid confusion with "Here Comes the Sun". The lyrics to start the song are the same as the title and lyrics of "Here Comes the Sun", but with the word "King" inserted afterwards, although George Harrison wrote the latter and "Sun King" is written by John Lennon. Later, the song, in minor key with an organ in the background, breaks into a faux Romance language mixing English, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The song is in three-part harmony, sung by Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Harrison. At the end of the song, the music stops abruptly and a Ringo Starr drum fill leads into the next track, "Mean Mr. Mustard". The guitar style is very reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix's first album Are You Experienced. Louis XIV King of France and Navarre By Hyacinthe Rigaud (1701) Louis XIV (Louis-Dieudonné) (September 5, 1638–September 1, 1715) reigned as King of France and King of Navarre from May 14, 1643 until his death. ... This article is about the song by The Beatles. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The Romance languages, also called Romanic languages, are a subfamily of the Italic languages, specifically the descendants of the Vulgar Latin dialects spoken by the common people evolving in different areas after the break-up of the Roman Empire. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ... Mean Mr. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Are You Experienced was the debut album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, released in 1967. ...


The faux Romance mixing of languages occurs in the last three lines of the song. In 1969, Lennon was interviewed about these lyrics and said, "We just started joking, you know, singing 'cuando para mucho.' So we just made up... Paul knew a few Spanish words from school, you know. So we just strung any Spanish words that sounded vaguely like something. And of course we got 'chicka ferdy' in. That's a Liverpool expression. Just like sort of-- it doesn't mean anything to me but (childish taunting) 'na-na, na-na-na!'"[2]


Another notable aspect of the song is its use of cross-channel movement, or stereo panning and fading. The fast guitar line slowly moves from right to left channel and then back. This occurs in the beginning of the song, and then again at the end. Label for 2. ... Panning is the spread of a monaural signal in a stereo or multi-channel sound field. ... In audio engineering, a fade is a gradual increase or decrease in the level of an audio signal. ...


In an interview in 1987, Harrison said that the recording was inspired by Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross". "At the time, 'Albatross' (by Fleetwood Mac) was out, with all the reverb on guitar. So we said, 'Let's be Fleetwood Mac doing Albatross, just to get going.' It never really sounded like Fleetwood Mac… but that was the point of origin."[2] This article is about the band. ... Albatross is a guitar-based instrumental by Fleetwood Mac, released as a single in 1969. ...


In 1976, The Bee Gees covered the song for the evanescent musical documentary All This and World War II. Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bee Gees: Maurice, Barry and Robin The Bee Gees were a British and Australian band, originally a pop singer-songwriter combination, reborn as funk and disco. ... All This and World War II (1976) is a musical documentary. ...


In 2006, 55 seconds of the introduction was included as a reversed a cappella version in the track titled "Gnik Nus" in the album Love.[3] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the vocal technique. ... Love is a soundtrack compilation album by The Beatles released in November 2006. ...


King Louis XIV of France was known as the Sun King. The reference may also be to Buddha. Louis XIV redirects here. ... Media:Example. ...


References

  1. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books, 182. ISBN 0-517-57066-1. 
  2. ^ a b Abbey Road - Sun King. The Beatles Interview Database. Retrieved on 2007-09-12.
  3. ^ The Beatles: Love - PopMatters Music Review. PopMatters (2006-12-15). Retrieved on 2006-12-27.

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External link

The Beatles official site Alan W. Pollack's Notes on Sun King


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