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"Dear Prudence"
Song by The Beatles
Album The Beatles
Released 22 November 1968
Recorded 28-30 August 1968
Genre Rock
Length 3:56
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles track listing

Side one

  1. "Back in the U.S.S.R."
  2. "Dear Prudence"
  3. "Glass Onion"
  4. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
  5. "Wild Honey Pie"
  6. "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
  7. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
  8. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"

Side two

  1. "Martha My Dear"
  2. "I'm So Tired"
  3. "Blackbird"
  4. "Piggies"
  5. "Rocky Raccoon"
  6. "Don't Pass Me By"
  7. "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
  8. "I Will"
  9. "Julia"

Side three

  1. "Birthday"
  2. "Yer Blues"
  3. "Mother Nature's Son"
  4. "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
  5. "Sexy Sadie"
  6. "Helter Skelter"
  7. "Long, Long, Long"

Side four

  1. "Revolution 1"
  2. "Honey Pie"
  3. "Savoy Truffle"
  4. "Cry Baby Cry"
  5. "Revolution 9"
  6. "Good Night"


Written in India. A song about Mia Farrow's sister, who seemed to go slightly balmy, meditating too long, and couldn't come out of the little hut that we were living in. They selected George and me to try and bring her out, because she would trust us.

—John Lennon, 1968

Prudence Farrow got an attack of the horrors, paranoia, an identity crisis and wouldn't come out of her Butlins chalet. We all got a little bit worried about her, so went up there and knocked., 'Hi Prudence. We all love you. You're wonderful!' But nobody could persuade her out.

—Paul McCartney, 1968

If she had been in the West, they would have put her away. She'd been locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anybody else. That was the competition in Maharishi's camp, who was going to get cosmic first. What I didn't know was that I was already cosmic.

—John Lennon, 1968

I'd been meditating since 1966 and had tried to get on the course in 1967, so it was like a dream come true for me. Being on that course was more important to me than anything in the world. I was very focused on getting in as much meditation as possible, so that I could gain enough experience to teach it myself. I knew that I must have stuck out because I would always rush straight back to my room after lectures and meals so that I could meditate. It was all so fascinating. John, George and Paul would all want to sit around jamming and having a good time and I'd be flying into my room. They were all serious about what they were doing but they just weren't as fanatical as me. The song that wrote was just saying, 'Come out and play with us. Come out and have fun.' We talked about the things we were all going through. We were questioning reality, asking questions about who we were and what was going on. I liked them and I think they liked me.

—Prudence Farrow

George was the one who told me about the song. At the end of the meditation course in India, just as we were leaving, he mentioned that they had written a song about me, but I didn't hear it until it came out on the album. I was flattered by it. It was a beautiful thing to have done.

—Prudence Farrow

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