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“Revolution”
“Revolution” cover
Single by The Beatles
A-side "Hey Jude"
Released 28 August 1968
Format 45 RPM
Recorded Trident Studios:
12 July 1968
Genre Rock
Length 3:21
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Lady Madonna"
(1967)
"Revolution" / "Hey Jude"
(1968)
"Get Back"/ "Don't Let Me Down"
(1969)

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On 'Revolution' I'm playing the guitar and I haven't improved since I was last playing, but I dug it. It sounds the way I wanted it to sound.

—John Lennon, 1968

I should never have put that in about Chairman Mao. I was just finishing off in the studio when I did that.

—John Lennon, 1972

The statement in 'Revolution' was mine. The lyrics stand today. It's still my feeling about politics. I want to see the plan. That is what I used to say to Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. Count me out if it is for violence. Don't expect me to be on the barricades unless it is with flowers. For years, on the Beatles' tours, Brian Epstein had stopped us from saying anything about Vietnam or the war. And he wouldn't allow questions about it. But on one of the last tours, I said, 'I'm going to answer about the war. We can't ignore it.' I absolutely wanted the Beatles to say something about the war.

—John Lennon, 1980

Listen to this acoustic demo of "Revolution" — Excellent!


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