The Beatles Song Of The Day- Octopus’s Garden


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The Beatles Song of the Day is Octopus’s Garden. Octopus’s Garden was written by Ringo Starr with a little uncredited help from George Harrison and appears on side 1 of Abbey Road. Ringo was inspired to write this song after a vacation to Sardinia where he went out on a boat trip and got to talk to the captain about octopus [after he refused to eat it} George was very complimentary about Ringo and this song- calling it a lovely song. It was the second – and final song Ringo wrote as a Beatle. Ringo Starr: drums, percussion, effects: George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar, synthesizer: Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass, piano: John Lennon: guitar. Produced by George Martin.

  • rating Octopus’s Garden *** stars out of 5 stars.
  • Octopus’s Garden was never released as a single.
  • length of song: 2:48
  • recorded on April 26, 29 and July 17-18, 1968.
  • critic Bill Wyman ranks it #138 out of 213 Beatles songs, The Beatles Channel Listeners Poll #81 and Jim Beviglia #73. Spignesi and Lewis and Rolling Stone do not put it in their Top 100.


I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’ garden in the shade
I’d ask my friends to come and see
An octopus’ garden with me
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade.
We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’ garden near a cave
We would sing and dance around
Because we know we can’t be found
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade
We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
(Lies beneath the ocean waves)
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe
(Happy and they’re safe)
We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden with you.

3 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day- Octopus’s Garden

  1. While it’s certainly not the best Beatles song, I’ve always liked this tune. I think it also speaks for itself that George provided a little help to his friend without taking official credit. From what I understand, the same thing happened with “It Don’t Come Easy,” arguably Ringo’s best solo song.

    • Yes I think George was a big help with Ringo in writing the songs and I totally agree It Don’t Come Easy my favorite Ringo solo song.

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