The Beatles

And Your Bird Can Sing

Composed by John Lennon / Paul McCartney

Song Review by

Reputedly so off-the-cuff that Lennon does not remember either writing or recoding it, “And You Bird Can Sing” is nevertheless one of the finest songs on Revolver, and it’s noticeable for it’s carefree lyric and utterly mesmeric guitar work. Sure, the lyric is probably nonsense, yet it’s wildly entertaining, and both Lennon and McCartney sing it with glee. Indeed, in one of the outtakes of the song on Anthology 2, the pair crack up with laughter during one take. The song also proves what a great guitar player George Harrison is; his dazzling runs on the electric guitar are magnificent. The song has a lovely melody, and a unorthodox, yet ingenious bridge. It’s certainly one of the most successful songs on one of popular music’s great albums.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Yesterday...and Today 1966 Capitol
Revolver 1966 EMI 2:00
No Image 1992 Toshiba EMI
The Ultimate Box Set 1995 Capitol 2:01
Anthology 2 1996 Capitol/EMI Records / Apple/Capitol 2:13
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set 2009 EMI 1:59
The Beatles USB 2009 Capitol 2:00
Tomorrow Never Knows 2012 Apple/Capitol/EMI 1:59
The Beatles in Mono [Vinyl Box Set] 2014 Capitol
The Beatles Christmas Pack Emd Int'l
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