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The song, a hard-edged rocker, is memorable for its extended dual-guitar melody, played by George Harrison and Paul McCartney. A version of the song featuring Harrison on his Rickenbacker 12-string guitar was recorded on 20 April 1966 but was scrapped; the group recorded the album version on 26 April. The rejected version, heard on the Anthology 2 album, features a vocal track on which Lennon and McCartney are giggling hysterically. The Anthology liner notes state that the tapes do not indicate the source of the laughter.
A number of incidents have been suggested as inspirations for the song's cryptic lyrics, which recall in tone those of She Said She Said:
- Jonathan Gould, in a 2007 book, Can't Buy Me Love, claims Lennon wrote the song in response to an official press release promoting a Sinatra TV special as a show for those who were "tired of kid singers wearing mops of hair thick enough to hide a crate of melons." No Lennon biography or Lennon quotation is cited to substantiate Gould's theory.
- According to journalist Richard Simpson, Lennon wrote the song in response to Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones boasting about his pop-star girlfriend ("bird" in British slang) Marianne Faithfull.
- The line "You say you've seen seven wonders" may refer to the night the Beatles smoked pot with Bob Dylan in New York in 1964. The experience caused a stoned McCartney to excitedly pronounce what he had just learned was the key to life: "There are seven levels." 
- John Lennon — Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (Epiphone 230TD Casino), Handclaps
- Paul McCartney — Harmony Vocals, Lead Guitar (Epiphone 230TD Casino), Bass Guitar (Rickenbacker 4001S), Handclaps
- George Harrison — Harmony Vocals,Lead Guitar (Epiphone 230TD Casino), Handclaps
- Ringo Starr — Drums, Tambourine, Handclaps
- The Jam covered this song as a B-side. This version was later released on the Come Together compilation.
- The Georgia-based college band Guadalcanal Diary also covered this song, released as a CD bonus track on their 1987 album 2X4.
- Jack Black used its opening riff for inspiration in a fight against Satan at each show of the Tenacious D 2006-2007 Tour.
- Les Fradkin has a snappy instrumental version on his 2005 CD "While My Guitar Only Plays".
- In 2009, Chicago-based Chiptune / NES-Rock band I Fight Dragons released a cover as an mp3 download to subscribers of their mailing list.
- Helmet released their version of this track on their 2010 album Seeing Eye Dog.
- ↑ MacDonald 2003, p. 199.
- ↑ David Sheff, All We Are Saying, p. 180
- ↑ Everett 1999, p. 46.
- ↑ Mark Lewisohn, The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, p. 22, 24
- ↑ "78 - 'And Your Bird Can Sing'". 100 Greatest Beatles Songs . Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-beatles-songs-20110919/and-your-bird-can-sing-19691231. Retrieved on 17 June 2012.
- Turner, Steve. A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song, Harper, New York: 1994, ISBN 0-06-095065-X
- Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "And Your Bird Can Sing"
- snopes.com: Dual Guitar Part Played by One Guitarist
- MacDonald, Ian (2003). Revolution In The Head: The Beatles' Records And The Sixties
. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0-09-952679-7.
- Everett, Walter (1999). The Beatles as musicians: Revolver through the Anthology
. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-512941-5.