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The Beatles - Dear Prudence 1968

"Dear Prudence" is a song written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was recorded by The Beatles as the second track on their 1968 double-disc album entitled The Beatles (also known as The White Album).

The subject of the song is actress Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence Farrow who was present when the Beatles went to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Farrow became so serious about her meditation that she "turned into a near recluse" and "rarely came out" of the cottage she was living in. Someone asked John Lennon to "contact her and make sure she came out more often to socialize". As a result Lennon wrote the song Dear Prudence. In the song Lennon asks Farrow to "open up your eyes" and "see the sunny skies" reminding her that she is "part of everything". The song was said to be "a simple plea to a friend to 'snap out of it'". Lennon said later that "She'd been locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else". According to Farrow: "I would always rush straight back to my room after lectures and meals so I could meditate. John, George and Paul would all want to sit around jamming and having a good time and I'd be flying into my room. They were all serious about what they were doing, but they just weren't as fanatical as me".

Lennon did not play the song for Farrow while they were in India together. Farrow later said "George was the one who told me about it" as The Beatles were leaving the ashram. According to Farrow: "I was flattered. It was a beautiful thing to have done".

The song is said to be "beautiful muscially" with guitars and layered vocals. The lyrics of the song are simple and innocent and praise the beauty of nature in the lines: "The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful, and so are you".

# John Lennon -- double-tracked vocal, backing vocal, guitar
# Paul McCartney -- backing vocal, drums, bass, piano, fl├╝gelhorn, tambourine, handclaps
# George Harrison -- backing vocal; lead guitar
# Mal Evans -- backing vocal, handclaps
# Jackie Lomax -- backing vocal, handclaps
# John McCartney (Paul's cousin) -- backing vocal, handclaps

In other news, I have added the lyrics to this song so you can sing along, or perhaps learn the song! This is how I learned my first Beatles song! Enjoy :)

Album: White Album

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