The Daily Cut: The Beatles “Octopus’s Garden”

The Beatles: “Octopus’s Garden”

ALBUM: Abbey Road

YEAR: 1969

WRITER: Richard Starkey (AKA Ringo Starr)

The popular album track was the second song Ringo wrote for The Beatles and the last song he sang for them.

How did Ringo Starr get the idea for a happy song about octopuses? The Beatles drummer tells all. ”I went to Sardinia. And I knew Peter Sellers and he had a boat and somehow he knew I was going – ‘Use my boat,’ which we did. And I ended just hanging out with the captain talking, and we were talking about octopus and he actually was telling me that they build these gardens. Octopusses go around the sea bed finding shiny things – nice stones – and they put ‘em around. And I just thought, ‘Well, this is the happiest thing I’ve ever heard.’ And I had me guitar with me, I played three chords and that’s how it happened.”

Today is Ringo Starr’s 76th birthday. Wish him peace and love.


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