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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.

I always liked this song of Ringo's, its Ringo through & through, I particularly like George's lead guitar bits, some of his best imo.
The whole thing sounds very well produced by George Martin.

Ringo Starr's second composition for The Beatles was written in Sardinia. On 22 August 1968 he temporarily walked out of sessions for the White Album after becoming disenchanted with the increasing tensions within the group. He took his family abroad for a boating holiday, returning to Abbey Road on 5 September.

I wrote Octopus's Garden in Sardinia. Peter Sellers had lent us his yacht and we went out for the day... I stayed out on deck with [the captain] and we talked about octopuses. He told me that they hang out in their caves and they go around the seabed finding shiny stones and tin cans and bottles to put in front of their cave like a garden. I thought this was fabulous, because at the time I just wanted to be under the sea too. A couple of tokes later with the guitar - and we had Octopus's Garden!

Octopus's Garden is Ringo's song. It's only the second song Ringo wrote, and it's lovely. Ringo gets bored playing the drums, and at home he plays a bit of piano, but he only knows about three chords. He knows about the same on guitar. I think it's a really great song, because on the surface, it just like a daft kids' song, but the lyrics are great. For me, you know, I find very deep meaning in the lyrics, which Ringo probably doesn't see, but all the thing like 'resting our head on the sea bed' and 'We'll be warm beneath the storm' which is really great, you know. Because it's like this level is a storm, and if you get sort of deep in your consciousness, it's very peaceful. So Ringo's writing his cosmic songs without noticing.
George Harrison, 1969


Ringo Starr – lead vocal, drums, percussion, sound effects, piano
George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass
John Lennon – rhythm guitar

(The backing vocals by McCartney and Harrison during the guitar solo were put through compressors and limiters to create a gurgling sound. Harrison added the sound of bubbles being blown into a glass of milk using a straw)

Hello Goodbye:
I like this song too and for similar reasons you mentioned.  I remember paying special attention to this song when I first played Abbey Road upon its release.  I was very impressed with George's lead guitar and Ringo's lead vocals.  The backup vocals were perfect.  It is just one fine song and reprised the Yellow Submarine bit from three years before.

Hello Goodbye:
Early takes...

The Beatles - Octopus's Garden (Takes 2 & 6)

And in the end...

The Beatles - Octopus's Garden (2009 Stereo Remaster)


A fun one, wonderfully produced. I used to not like it, thinking of it as silly filler. Older and wiser now.


I'm here nor there on this one. I still think its a silly number, but its enjoyable enough. I dont love it or hate it so its neutral for me.


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