A Guide to 12 Acoustic Guitar-Based Tracks on The Beatles' 'White Album'
Guitar World takes a look at the acoustic guitar-based songs on the "White Album" -- how they were written and the process they went through to become finished tracks.
"THE CONTINUING STORY OF BUNGALOW BILL"
Recorded October 8, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Group sing-alongs were routine at the Maharishi's camp, and it was for one such gathering that Lennon composed "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill." According to Lennon, the song "was written about a guy in Maharishi's meditation camp who took a short break to go shoot a few poor tigers and then came back to commune with God. There used to be a comic character called Jungle Jim, and I combined him with Buffalo Bill. It's a sort of teenage social comment song, and a bit of a joke."
To achieve the effect of a group sing-along for the recording, the Beatles invited Yoko Ono and Maureen Starkey, Ringo's wife, to join in on the chorus; Ono also sang a line in the third verse.
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