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Beatles songs, Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

(John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

Albums in which the song is present

   1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

JOHN 1968: ''Mr. Kite' was a straight lift.
I had all the words staring me in the face one day when I was looking for a song.
It was from this old poster I'd bought at an antique shop.
We'd been down to Surrey or somewhere filming a piece.
There was a break, and I went into this shop and bought an old poster advertising a variety show which starred Mr. Kite.
It said the Henderson's would also be there, late of Pablo Fanques Fair.
There would be hoops and horses and someone going through a hogs head of real fire.
Then there was Henry the Horse.
The band would start at ten to six.
All at Bishopsgate.
Look, there's the bill – with Mr. Kite topping it.
I hardly made up a word, just connecting the lists together.
Word for word, really.'

JOHN 1972: 'The story that Henry the Horse meant 'heroin' was rubbish.'

JOHN 1980: 'It's all just from that poster.
The song is pure, like a painting.
A pure watercolor.'

For the benefit of Mr. Kite,
There will be a show tonight
On trampoline.

The Hendersons will all be there.
Late of Pablo Fanque's Fair.
What a scene!

Over men and horses, hoops and garters,
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
In this way
Mr. K.
Will challenge the world!

The celebrated Mr. K.
Performs his feat on Saturday
At Bishopsgate.

The Hendersons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring.
Don't be late!

Messrs. K. and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none.
And of course
Henry the Horse
Dances the waltz!

The band begins at ten to six,
When Mr. K. performs his tricks
Without a sound.

And Mr. H. will demonstrate
Ten summersets he'll undertake
On solid ground.

Having been some days in preparation,
A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
And tonight
Mr. Kite
Is topping the bill!

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