"Dear Prudence" is a song written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released by the Beatles as the second track on their 1968 double-disc album entitled The Beatles, commonly known as The White Album.
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. John Lennon was asked 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 play the song for Farrow while they were in India together. According to Farrow, "I was flattered. It was a beautiful thing to have done". 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".
They recorded the song at Trident Studios in London on 28, 29 and 30 August 1968. Utilising state-of-the-art eight-track recording equipment, the basic track included finger picking guitar performed by John Lennon as well as George Harrison on the lead guitar, plus Paul McCartney playing the drums in place of Ringo Starr, who had temporarily left the Beatles. The next day, McCartney performed and recorded the bass track and Lennon recorded additional layers to his vocals. Handclapping, cowbell and tambourine were then added by Harrison and McCartney. On the last day of the recording session, piano and flügelhorn tracks were recorded by McCartney.
- John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, backing vocal, electric rhythm guitar
- Paul McCartney – backing vocal, drums, bass, piano, flügelhorn, tambourine, cowbell, 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
On The Beatles album, the song was sequenced as the second track on side one, its introduction cross-faded with the sounds of a jet aircraft landing which conclude the opening track, "Back in the U.S.S.R."
The song was first played on the radio in November and December of that year.
Lennon is said to have selected it as one of his favourite songs by the Beatles. In 1987, Lennon's original handwritten lyrics of the song, containing 14 lines and some "doodles" in the margin, sold at auction for US $19,500. The song is playable in The Beatles: Rock Band.
|Single by Siouxsie and the Banshees|
|from the album Hyæna|
|B-side||"Tattoo", "There's a Planet in my Kitchen"|
|Released||23 September 1983|
|Format||7" single, 12" single|
|Genre||Post-punk, New Wave|
|Producer(s)||Siouxsie and the Banshees|
|Siouxsie and the Banshees singles chronology|
Jerry Garcia, a member of the Grateful Dead, was a fan of the song and is said to have called it "one of his all-time personal favorites". The Jerry Garcia Band covered the song in extended, improvised versions at concerts between 1979 and Garcia’s death in 1995. The song was recorded for the 1991 album Jerry Garcia Band.
The song has also been recorded by the following artists:
|1968||Ramsey Lewis||Mother Nature's Son|
|1969||Doug Parkinson in Focus||single|
|1970||The Five Stairsteps||"O-o-h Child" single||Released as a b-side, it reached #49 on its own on the R&B music charts.|
|1974||Katfish||Single||On Big Tree Records in North America and Philips in Europe -- Charted to #53 on the Billboard Hot 100|
|1976||Leslie West||The Leslie West Band|
|1983||Siouxsie and the Banshees||single||See information in box on right|
|1990||Trouble Tribe||Trouble Tribe|
|1991||Sean Lennon||Happy Birthday, John||This CD released in Japan only. Co-produced by YMOmember Haruomi Hosono|
|1991||Jaco Pastorius||Live in New York City - Volume Two|
|1991||Jerry Garcia Band||Jerry Garcia Band|
|1991||The Clarks||The Clarks|
|1992||Hiram Bullock||Way Kool||Instrumental|
|2001||Graham Central Station||The Jam: The Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Anthology||Studio out-take recorded in the 1970s|
|2001||Alanis Morissette||Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music||A live all-star concert filmed for television|
|2007||Dana Fuchs, Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson and T.V. Carpio||Across the Universe||Soundtrack|
|2008||Hayley Legg||Dear Prudence - Beatles Cover - Hayley Legg - YouTube|
|2009||Lau||Arc Light||Bonus track originally recorded for a Mojo magazinecompilation|
|2010||Casey Mecija||Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies||Recorded for an American Laundromat Records charity compilation|