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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - The Beatles

Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

genre: Experimental Rock Psychedelic Rock

For the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight on trampoline

The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo Fanques Fair, what a scene!

Over men and horses hoops and garters
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
In this way Mr. K. will challenge the world!

The celebrated Mr. K.
Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishopsgate

The Hendersons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring, don’t be late!

Messrs. K and H assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz!

The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. K. performs his tricks without a sound

And Mr. H will demonstrate
Ten summersets he’ll undertake on solid ground

Having been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill!


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Lyrics added by Isabelle P.

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The inspiration for "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" came from a circus poster that Paul McCartney bought from an antique shop.
Song details
  • Publishing: Parlophone
  • Co-Production: George Martin
  • Mix Engineering: Geoff Emerick
  • Composition: Paul McCartney, John Lennon
  • Vocals: John Lennon
  • Release Date: 1 June 1967
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" was banned from BBC because the phase "Henry the Horse" is a slang for heroin. John Lennon denied the affirmation.