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Which song was inspired by a breakfast cereal?

‘Good Morning’ is mine. It’s a throwaway, a piece of garbage, I always thought. The ‘Good morning, good morning’ was from a Kellogg’s cereal commercial. I always had the TV on very low in the background when I Was writing and it came over and then I wrote the song.

John Lennon
All We Are Saying, David Sheff

During his Weybridge years, John Lennon was like Benjamin Braddock The Graduate (1967) a rich, successful young man angry at the suburban world he found himself in. Like Benjamin, this anger was largely expressed through petty acts of passive aggression against those surrounding him.  

In the mid 60s, Paul spent his Beatle downtime careering around London in his Mini Cooper, the pop world's Toad of Toad Hall. John stayed in Surrey moping around his mansion in his dressing gown, being surly to all and sundry. He did not (yet) alleviate his boredom by having an affair with an older married woman, but his self-absorption shut out Cynthia and Julian. It was not a happy home.

On the attack

GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING channeled this inner rage into the angriest song on Sergeant Pepper. The immediate inspiration was the TV advert Lennon cites above, and he also seems to have been infuriated by a long forgotten British sitcom, Meet the Wife. 

A concealed motivation was to counter the optimism and sunny outlook of  McCartney's earlier GOOD DAY SUNSHINE. As Macdonald suggests, the 'splenetic gusto with which he lays all about him' was productive creatively. 

Far from being 'a throwaway piece of garbage ',  GOOD DAY SUNSHIN has a tremendous energy that is picked up in the track that follows SERGEANT PEPPER (REPRISE). If McCartney recognised the sonic ambush, he did not show it. His 'coruscating pseudo-Indian guitar solo' perfectly the matches the mood of the song, as does the pulsating brass score.

Further evidence of Lennon's dyspeptic mindset is found in the fadeout, which consists of apparently random farmyard noises. They form a sequence in which each successive animal has the potential to eat its predecessor.

Good Morning Good Morning.  


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