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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) is a repeat of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at a faster tempo with heavier instrumentation. While the opening track stays largely in the key of G major (except for transient modulation to F and perhaps C in the bridges), the reprise starts in F and modulates back to G. The track opens with a distorted guitar strumming a "Hendrix chord" (dominant 7th sharp 9). McCartney counts 1..2..3..4, and between 2 and 3, Lennon jokingly adds, "Bye!".

The idea for a reprise was Aspinall's , who thought that as there was a "welcome song", there should be a "goodbye song". The song contains the same melody as the opening version, but with different lyrics. At 1:18, it is one of The Beatles ' shorter songs (the shortest is "Her Majesty" at 0:23). The reprise was recorded on 1 April 1967, two months after the version that opens the album. At the end of the track, Martin's pre-recorded applause sample segues into the final track of the album, "A Day in the Life".

Lyrics[]

[Intro]

(One, two, three, four)

(Bye!)


[Verse 1]

We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

We hope you have enjoyed the show

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

We're sorry but it's time to go


[Chorus]

Sgt. Pepper's lonely, Sgt. Pepper's lonely

Sgt. Pepper's lonely, Sgt. Pepper's lonely

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


[Verse 2]

We'd like to thank you once again

Sgt. Pepper's one and only Lonely Hearts Club Band

It's getting very near the end

Sgt. Pepper's lonely, Sgt. Pepper's lonely

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!

Personnel[]

  • Paul McCartney - Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar (Rickenbacker 4001S), Hammond Organ (Hammond RT-3)
  • John Lennon - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (Epiphone 230TD Casino)
  • George Harrison - Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar (Epiphone 230TD Casino)
  • Ringo Starr - Lead Vocals, Drums (Ludwig Super Classic Black Oyster Pearl), Tambourine, Maracas

Love version[]

The version included on the album Love doesn't differ very much from the original, except for the fact that it uses some instrumentation from the track preceding it, Hey Jude. Just like Sgt. Pepper, it is the penultimate song on the album.

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