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"Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" is a song written and performed by John Lennon. It was released on the 1980 album Double Fantasy, the last album by Lennon and Ono released before his death.

Paul McCartney has stated this is one of his favourite songs composed by Lennon, and when he appeared on Desert Island Discs in 1982 included it as his favourite in his selection, as did Yoko Ono as the only John Lennon song in 2007.

Originally, the song was released as the B-side of the third and final single from Double Fantasy, "Watching the Wheels", in March 1981, on its US reissue. Subsequently, it was used as the B-side of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" to promote the compilation album The John Lennon Collection in November 1982.

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The song was for Lennon's son, Sean, his only child with Yoko Ono. It begins with John comforting his son from what is presumably a nightmare and develops into John passionately describing the love he has for his son and the joy Sean gave him.

At the end of the song, John Lennon whispers, "Good night, Sean. See you in the morning. Right to bed."

The lyrics of "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" contain the famous Allen Saunders 1957 Reader's Digest[citation needed] quote "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".

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