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-> ''"I'm not a great one for that 'y'know, maybe it was too many' and that. What d'ya mean? It was great. It sold. It's the bloody Beatles' White Album. Shut up!"''
-->-- '''Music/PaulMcCartney'''

''The Beatles'' is the tenth studio album by Music/TheBeatles, released in 1968. "The White Album" is the unofficial moniker for the album, owing to its [[MinimalisticCoverArt completely white album cover]]. Nowadays most people refer to this nickname rather than the official title.

The White Album was the Beatles' first and only [[note]]Not counting their compilation albums[[/note]] double album. The songs feature a lot of variation [[GenreRoulette in style]] and [[MoodWhiplash mood]]. Overall the record sounds almost like a compilation record featuring the band members as solo artists instead of a unified work. Indeed, it was a TroubledProduction, complete with Music/RingoStarr leaving the band for a while (Music/PaulMcCartney took over on drums for "Back in the USSR" and "Dear Prudence", and Music/JohnLennon and Music/GeorgeHarrison also recorded drum tracks for "Back In The USSR"). From this album on Music/YokoOno made herself present next to John in the studio and this certainly caused even more tensions, seeing that the band had always recorded with them four alone.

Though not as popular as other Beatle records like ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' or ''Music/AbbeyRoad'', this album still a huge inspiration for numerous rock bands. When something gets compared to the White Album, it's almost invariably a shorthand way of saying "long album with huge [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly variety of styles]], inevitably will attract complaints about AlbumFiller". But everyone agrees it is an important and influential record. It generated hits such as "Back in the USSR", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", and "Revolution" (though the single version is a totally different arrangement). "Helter Skelter", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun", "Don't Pass Me By", "Sexy Sadie", and "Blackbird" have become fan favourites, while "Revolution #9" is perhaps the most notorious and audacious track: exciting for AvantGardeMusic fans and AlbumFiller to most other people.

''[[Magazine/TimeMagazine Time]]'' magazine included the White Album in their [[TimeAllTime100Albums 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.]] It was listed at #10 in ''Magazine/RollingStone''[='s=] [[Music/RollingStone500GreatestAlbumsOfAllTime 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time]].

Also got some notoriety because UsefulNotes/CharlesManson misinterpreted some lyrics from the songs "Piggies", "Revolution 9" and "Helter Skelter" to order his followers to go on a murdering spree.

The song "Glass Onion" is the TropeNamer for TheWalrusWasPaul.

!! Tracklist:


[[folder: Side One ]]

# "Back in the USSR" (2:43)
# "Dear Prudence" (3:56)
# "Glass Onion" (2:17)
# "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (3:08)
# "Wild Honey Pie" (0:52)
# "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" (3:14)
# "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (4:45)
# "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (2:43)


[[folder: Side Two ]]

# "Martha My Dear" (2:28)
# "I'm So Tired" (2:03)
# "Blackbird" (2:18)
# "Piggies" (2:04)
# "Rocky Raccoon" (3:33)
# "Don't Pass Me By" (3:51)
# "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" (1:41)
# "I Will" (1:46)
# "Julia" (2:54)


[[folder: Side Three ]]

# "Birthday" (2:42)
# "Yer Blues" (4:01)
# "Mother Nature's Son" (2:48)
# "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" (2:24)
# "Sexy Sadie" (3:15)
# "Helter Skelter" (4:29)
# "Long, Long, Long" (3:04)


[[folder: Side Four ]]

# "Revolution 1" (4:15)
# "Honey Pie" (2:41)
# "Savoy Truffle" (2:54)
# "Cry Baby Cry" (3:02)
# "Revolution 9" (8:22)
# "Good Night" (3:13)

!!Principal Members:

* Music/GeorgeHarrison - guitar, backing and lead vocals, bass, organ, drums, percussion, tambourine, sound effects
* Music/JohnLennon - lead vocals, guitar, bass, piano, organ, harmonium, mellotron, harmonica, saxophone, sound effects
* Music/PaulMcCartney - lead vocals, bass, guitar, keyboard, piano, organ, percussion, timpani, tambourine, cowbell, bell, drums, recorder, flugelhorn
* Music/RingoStarr - drums, backing and lead vocals, piano, jingle bell, percussion, tambourine, bongos, cymbals, maracas

!!! "Trope-La-Di, Trope-La-Da, Life goes on, brah":

* AbortedArc: Despite being called "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" the song just ends and isn't referred to anywhere else on the album.
* AbsenteeActor: This album is remembered partly for being the start of the dissension that led to the break-up of the band. That's partly reflected in the track list being, to a certain extent at least, the product of four solo artists. Only 15 of the 30 songs on the album feature all four Beatles playing.
** "Back in the U.S.S.R." and "Dear Prudence" had Paul playing drums after Ringo temporarily quit the band.
** [=McCartney=] recorded four "solo" songs on the album in which no other Beatle appears: "Wild Honey Pie", "Martha My Dear", "Blackbird", and "Mother Nature's Son". John Lennon, who hated it when Paul recorded by himself, appears all by himself on "Julia", the only Beatles song which Lennon did solo.
** Ringo's "Don't Pass Me By" features Ringo, Paul on bass and piano, and a session violinist. Paul's "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" also features only Paul and Ringo.
** George does not play on "I Will". John doesn't play on three of George's four songs, "Piggies, "Long, Long, Long", and "Savoy Truffle". (He apparently did contribute a backing vocal to "Piggies".)
** The sound collage "Revolution 9" features studio chatter from John and George, as well as Yoko and others, but nothing from Paul or Ringo.
** "Good Night" features ''none'' of the Beatles playing, but instead is Ringo singing over a bunch of session musicians.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "'''R'''ocky '''R'''accoon", "The Continuing Story of '''B'''ungalow '''B'''ill", "'''S'''exy '''S'''adie".
* AffectionateParody: Several songs on this album imitate a certain musical style and whether these songs are an {{homage}} or a {{parody}} (or both) are left to the individual listener's opinion.
* AgeProgressionSong: "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" where the singer Desmond meets a girl named Molly, marries her in the second verse and they raise a family afterwards.
* AlbumFiller: A subject of debate even before the album was released. George Martin asked the Beatles to trim it down to one album since he felt there was too much filler, but the band didn't listen, being eager to fulfil their album commitment to the EMI record label as quickly as possible, and being unable to agree which songs to remove (Harrison noted that by that point there was "too much ego" involved). Every listener will have his or her own list of which songs on this album are a case of ThrowItIn and there have even been bootleg editions of this record where the set list has been rearranged and songs that are considered filler have been removed. Music/PaulMcCartney for his part liked the album just as it was. (See the page quote.)
* AliceAllusion: Lennon said "Cry Baby Cry" was inspired by the scene in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' where Alice meets the Duchess and her crying baby.
* AllLowercaseLetters: Well, not quite. But on the lyric sheet that accompanied the record, two of the songs are actually titled "I'm so tired" and "Why don't we do it in the road?".
* AlliterativeName and AlliterativeTitle: "'''S'''exy '''S'''adie", "The Continuing Story of '''B'''ungalow '''B'''ill", "'''R'''ocky '''R'''accoon".
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota there lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon--except that the Gideons didn't start distributing Bibles until 1908, over 20 years after Dakota Territory became the states of North and South Dakota. (Although the last verse suggests that "Gideon" was an actual person and his name was a coincidence.)
* AvantGardeMusic: The infamous "Revolution #9".
* BilingualBonus: A very subtle one in "Julia". Guess what the Japanese for "[[Music/YokoOno ocean child]]" is.
* BlackComedy: The little piglets in "Piggies" are whacked down and then eaten by other pigs.
* BookEnds: "Rocky Raccoon" and the Gideons' Bible he finds.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Ringo is getting nearer to the microphone during "Good Night" when he says: "Good night, everybody. Everybody, everywhere", as if directly talking to us, the audience.
* BrokenRecord:
** "Wild Honey Pie" ("HONEY PIE! HONEY PIE!") and "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?", widely considered to be [[IncrediblyLamePun White]] AlbumFiller.
** On a more disturbing way, "Number nine, number nine, number nine..."
* BSODSong: "I'm So Tired"
* CallBack: The lyrics of "Glass Onion" consist almost entirely of references to the band's previous songs, including "I Am the Walrus", "She Loves You", "The Fool on the Hill", "Fixing a Hole", "Lady Madonna" and "Strawberry Fields Forever". In the case of "The Fool on the Hill", the song even includes a little snatch of flute as a musical echo of the original's introduction.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: While absent from the mono version of the album, "Helter Skelter" famously [[StopAndGo returns after seeming to fade out]] with Ringo screaming in anger "'''''I'VE GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS!'''''" (given they recorded 18 takes of the song, no one can blame him).
* ChekhovsGun: At the start of "Rocky Raccoon", Rocky checks into a hotel room and finds a Gideons' Bible. Other stuff happens, and then at the end he leaves, taking the Bible with him and apparently undergoing a religious conversion. (Another interpretation would be that Rocky is dying, but either way the Gideon Bible helps him find Jesus.)
* ContinuityNod:
** "Glass Onion" seems to be built ''entirely'' on this.
** "Savoy Truffle" - "We all know 'Ob-La-Di-Blah-Da'..."
** "Wild Honey Pie" and "Honey Pie" share the title, but are lyrically and melodically totally different.
** "Revolution 9" has a few samples from "Revolution 1", especially John's "All right!"
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Several songs like "Cry Baby Cry", "Julia", "Piggies"... are quite haunting compared to their previous songs.
** "Revolution 9" is perhaps their edgiest track ever officially released.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In "I Will", Paul promises to "love you forever and forever".
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Taken to levels all but unheard of on a record. It's an INTENSE roller-coaster lasting ''over 90 minutes long''...climaxing in "[[NightmareFuel Revolution 9]]"...before finally ending with [[SweetDreamsFuel "Good Night"]].
* EpicRocking:
** Hardcore Beatles fans are dying to get a hold of [[MissingEpisode the legendary 27 minute long version of "Helter Skelter"]]. (It should be noted that the four-minute excerpt included on the ''Anthology'' album is a much slower, laid-back, bluesier version of the song.)
** There's a reason Ringo shouts ''"I GOT ''BLISTERS'' ON MY ''FINGERS!''"'' at the end of the White Album version.
* EvolvingMusic: "Revolution" and "Revolution 1", two very different takes on the same song. Lennon brought the "slow" version of the song to the rest of the band, thinking it would be the next single. The other Beatles rejected it, thinking it was too slow. Lennon responded by re-arranging it to be one of the hardest-rocking songs of his career. The original, more mellow version appeared on this album as "Revolution 1". The harder version appeared on the B-side of the "Hey Jude" single as "Revolution".
** The Take that was used for "Revolution 1" (20) actually lasted 10 Minutes. The first 4 Minutes are the same as "Revolution 1" (minus the Horns and loud Electric Guitar), but the song keeps going for 5 more minutes, gradually descending into chaos, and eventually ''morphing'' into the Ending of "Revolution 9" for the last Minute. Eventually, "Revolution 1" and "Revolution 9" were separated into their respective tracks.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Helter Skelter", and too many times to count on "Revolution 9".
* GenreRoulette[=/=]InTheStyleOf:
** Many of the album's more acoustic-based songs seem to draw from [[FolkMusic Folk Rock]].
** "Rocky Raccoon," more or less an explicit semi-AffectionateParody of cowboy ballads and CountryMusic.
** "Honey Pie" is a direct homage to the British music hall style and has a 1920's/1930's nostalgic feel to it.
** "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" is {{Ska}}
** "Helter Skelter" is incredibly heavy, and has been called one of the first HeavyMetal songs on occasion. It's definitely the only Beatles song you can headbang to.
** "Long, Long, Long" is ''very'' Music/BobDylan; George admitted it was [[SincerestFormOfFlattery heavily inspired]] by "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" from ''Music/BlondeOnBlonde''.
** "Birthday" is a slightly traditionalist rock 'n' roll song, inspired after the band saw a broadcast of ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt'' on the BBC earlier that night.
** "Yer Blues" is moaned and played as a traditional {{Blues}} song.
** "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" is more or less a Music/LittleRichard tribute. The band was inspired to go back to their collective love for RockAndRoll after they had watched a broadcast of ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt'' on TV earlier that night.
** "Good Night" sounds like a crooner song. Music/JohnLennon purposefully told George Martin to write a cheesy Nelson Riddle-type string arrangement.
** "Revolution 9" is a very brutal [[AvantGardeMusic avant-garde]] ''musique concrète'' "composition", complete with tape loops, StockSoundEffects, [[SubliminalSeduction music played backwards]] and distorted sounds.
** "Piggies" puts Music/GeorgeHarrison's social commentary over a [[LyricalDissonance dissonantly]] upbeat BaroquePop backing.
** GenreMotif/{{Country}} fan Ringo brought in a Nashville fiddler for "Don't Pass Me By", his first solo song-writing credit.
** "Back in the U.S.S.R." was written in the style of Music/TheBeachBoys.
* GloriousMotherRussia: "Back in the U.S.S.R." describes a stereotypical version of Russia where people dance "balalaikas", snow is falling and people refer to one another as comrades.
-->''Show me round your snow-peaked mountains way down south\\
Take me to your daddy's farm\\
Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out\\
Come and keep your comrade warm!''
* GratuitousPanning: "Back in the U.S.S.R." starts with this, simulating a jetliner flying overhead.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Bungalow Bill in "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" is a subversion, since he is actually quite pathetic.
* GriefSong: "Julia", about John's mother, "Yer Blues", where the singer feels suicidal. and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", where George's guitar weeps about the state of the world.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: "Birthday" is this, as well as a "Happy Birthday to ''Me''".
--> ''They say it's your birthday!''
--> ''Well, it's my birthday too, yeah!''
* HiddenTrack: "Can You Take Me Back", the song fragment included at the end of "Cry Baby Cry", which to this day doesn't even have an official title. (It's actually an edited bit from an improvised jam in-between formal takes of "I Will".)
* IndecisiveParody: "Yer Blues". Lennon wrote it as a parody of the British BluesRock scene, but the song rocks so hard that it succeeds on its own terms. Beatles scholar Ian [=MacDonald=] characterized "Yer Blues" as "half-satirical, half-earnest".
* InHarmonyWithNature: "Mother Nature's Son", where a "poor young country boy" is completely in harmony with the tranquility of nature.
* TheInsomniac: John narrates his real life trouble with this on "I'm So Tired", which could be seen as a bitter sequel to "I'm Only Sleeping" from ''Music/{{Revolver}}''.
* {{Instrumental}}: While "Revolution #9" has some moments where people talk or say something, it has no actual lyrics.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?", which Paul wrote after seeing two monkeys doing it on the road while he was in UsefulNotes/{{India}}.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: The song "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" has Lennon singing about holding a gun in a tongue-in-cheek erotic manner:
--> ''"When I feel my finger on your trigger I feel nobody can do me no harm".''
* JustAStupidAccent: Paul sings "Rocky Raccoon" in an incredibly off-key fake southern accent.
* KillTheCutie: The little piggies in "Piggies" are whacked down and eaten by the bigger piggies.
* LastNoteNightmare:
** "Long, Long, Long", which is played at a lethargic pace for the most part, then ends with George wailing while Ringo's drums try to follow him, suddenly ending with a drum thud.
** "Helter Skelter" is a different sort of LastNoteNightmare, as (in the stereo mix of the album) it finishes with Ringo throwing his drumsticks across the room and screaming "I GOT BLISTERS ON MAH FINGERS!!" The version that wound up on the "White Album" was the 18th take of the day. That explains the blisters.
** "Cry Baby Cry" is already a haunting track, but then out of nowhere Paul is heard singing "Can You Take Me Back?", which is a fragment from an improvisation between takes of "I Will," but here it just sounds as if he is fading away out of existence. Made worse by the fact that the next track is "Revolution 9", which is a last note nightmare from beginning to end.
* LighterAndSofter: "Revolution 1", compared to the single version. Musicologist Alan Pollack even writes in his commentary that, even though the single version was recorded afterwards, "Revolution 1" sounds to him like a ''parody'' of the single version.
* LimitedLyricsSong:
** "Why Don't We Do It In the Road":
---> ''Why don't we do it in the road?'' (4x)
---> ''No one will be watching us''
---> ''Why don't we do it in the road?''
** "Wild Honey Pie" repeats the line "honey pie" over and over, with the line "I love you" at the end.
* LocationSong: "Back in the USSR", about a man being happy being back in the country after a long plane trip. Music/PaulMcCartney still performs it frequently - specially when he tours in Russia.
* LongTitle: "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys My Monkey]]"
* LyricalDissonance: "Helter Skelter", a loud, badass epic rock song...[[MundaneMadeAwesome about a fairground slide.]]
* MetalScream: Paul shows off his skills in "Helter Skelter". While "Revolution 1" averts this, the far more famous single version has one by John.
* MindScrew: "Revolution 9". While "Revolution 1" is a nice, slow, relatively tame rock song (especially compared to the harsher single), "Revolution 9" is eight minutes of pure, untapped, minimalist cacophony. This was explained later via a bootlegged version of Revolution 1, known as "Revolution 1 Take 20". This recording shows that "9" was formed out of the original coda of the song, where the outro vamp just kept going and going until the tape loops and dialogue samples take over the music itself. Lennon's intent was to make it sound like an actual revolution was taking place [[ThePowerOfRock because of the song.]]
--> ''[[BrokenRecord Number nine, number nine, number nine...]]''
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''The Beatles'' is all white, save for the name of the album embossed onto it, and on some LP printings, a unique serial number stamped on it (going for a bit of irony in something so plain also being unique from every other copy of it). Ever since, fans have called it ''The White Album''. In fact, this might be the UrExample or at the very least TropeCodifier, since most album covers until then looked more like advertising posters (not to mention some of the more artistic ones, like the Beatles' own ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' and ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'', as well as Music/TheRollingStones' ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest''). Some LP editions were made using white vinyl rather than the usual black, as well.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Side Three contains some of the hardest rocking the band ever did. "Helter Skelter", probably the band's single hardest song, is rated a 6 by TV Tropes.
* MommasBoy: The title character of "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" is "the all-American bullet-headed Saxon mother's son." And behind that tough exterior, he really does rely on his mom's defence when people start to question him - hence why he always brings her along on hunting trips "in case of accidents."
* MoodWhiplash: The tracks themselves are juxtaposed in such a way that they change moods all the time, but some songs even have sudden mood changes in themselves.
** "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" starts off with a Spanish sounding guitar solo, then out of nowhere skips to a ColdOpen where the refrain "Hey Bungalow Bill" is sung. Near the end applause can be heard, until John suddenly shouts: "Ey-up".
** "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" has three different mood changes, mostly because Lennon actually took three different songs he had and stringed them together into one.
** "Revolution #9" is quite surprising seeing that all other tracks on the record were actual songs. This brutally experimental series of sounds is then followed by the sweet easy listening lullaby "Good Night".
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** The "Martha" in "Martha My Dear" was actually Paul's dog.
** "Glass Onion" is just a bunch of Beatles references.
** "Savoy Truffle" is about eating too much candy.
** "Helter Skelter" a heavy rock song about a slide in an amusement park.
** "I'm So Tired" is about, well, being tired.
* MurderBallad: "Rocky Raccoon" where Rocky is shot down, "Piggies" where a bunch of pigs are whacked down and eaten.
* NamedAfterSomeoneFamous: "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" is named after Creator/BuffaloBill.
* NationalStereotypes: "Back in the USSR" uses typical Russian clichés like farms, balalaikas and comrades and mentions Moscow, Ukraine and Georgia.
* NonAppearingTitle:
** Played with in "Wild Honey Pie" and "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", as parts, but not ''all'' of the titles appear in the songs.
** Played straight with "Yer Blues" and "Revolution 9"
* ObsessionSong: "Julia", written about John longing for his long deceased mother, who died in a car accident when he was young.
* OneWomanSong: "Dear Prudence", "Julia", "Martha, My Dear" and "Sexy Sadie".
* OneWordTitle: "Blackbird", "Piggies" and "Birthday".
* OnlyAFleshWound: Rocky in "Rocky Raccoon" is shot down.
--> ''But Doc, it's only a scratch''
--> ''And I'll be better, I'll be better, as soon as I'm able.''
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Although the official title of this album is simply ''The Beatles'', pretty much everyone calls it "The White Album".
* OutOfClothesExperience: Alluded to in "Revolution 9."
--> ''If... you become naked.''
* TheParody[=/=]AffectionateParody: The song "Back in the USSR" is both a parody of Music/ChuckBerry's "Back in the USA" and a decent imitation of Music/TheBeachBoys' "Surfing Sound", and the part that begins "Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out" is a direct send-up of "California Girls."
* PepTalkSong: "Dear Prudence" ("the sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful and so are you."), "Martha My Dear" ("hold your head up, you silly girl"). Even "Revolution" tells us "don't you know it's gonna be alright?"
* ThePowerOfLove: "Back in the USSR", "Wild Honey Pie", "I Will", "Julia", "Long, Long, Long", "Honey Pie".
* PrecisionFStrike: "Piggies". "What they need's a ''damn'' good whacking." George's mother actually suggested the line.
** An actual F-strike in "Revolution 9", "join the ''fucking'' navy and went to sea...". Of course, most listeners will be too busy [[NightmareFuel freaking out]] to notice.
* ProductionForeshadowing:
** The mini-suite style of "Happiness is a Warm Gun" anticipated side two of ''Music/AbbeyRoad''.
** "Revolution 9" was a preview of the avant-garde work that Lennon would do with Yoko Ono throughout 1969.
** "Don't Pass Me By" is a forerunner to Ringo's 1970 CountryMusic album ''Beaucoups of Blues''.
* ProtestSong: Subverted with "Revolution", a protest about protesters (and specifically those supportive of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, in John's "Chairman [[UsefulNotes/MaoZedong Mao]]" reference" - this may specifically refer to then-recent May '68 general strike and protests in France, where many student protesters marched holding up pictures of Chairman Mao).
** DoubleSubverted in "Revolution 1", where Lennon realized that he didn't actually know if he was for or against the protesters.
--> ''But when you talk about destruction''
--> ''Don't you know that you can count me out... [[ImmediateSelfContradiction in]]!''
* PunBasedTitle: "Bungalow Bill" instead of "Creator/BuffaloBill". "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" is a pun on "Happiness Is a Warm Puppy" from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', although it was unintentional.
* QuestioningTitle: "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** "Dear Prudence" was inspired by Prudence Farrow, Mia's sister, who kept inside meditating while the group was in India. Lennon wrote the song to urge Prudence to come outside.
** "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" was a tiger-hunting man they met in Rishikesh. Lennon felt so disgusted by him that he wrote this mocking musical rendition about him.
** "Julia" was about John's mother, who was struck by a car when he was a teenager.
** "Sexy Sadie" was directed towards the Maharishi, the guru with whom the band spent some time in 1967 and 1968 and who was later accused of molesting one woman, infuriating John. Originally, the song was to have been an even more blatant attack (John had become generally disillusioned with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi during their time in India), but it was toned down to avoid offending George, who was still an admirer. All he really did was replace every instance of "Maharishi" with "Sexy Sadie".
* RearrangeTheSong: The album version of "Revolution 1" sounds radically different in musical terms compared to the music single version. While the album version is slow and soothing, the single version has a loud, heavy sound.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Sexy Sadie" and "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" are sarcastic breakdowns of the protagonists.
* RecordProducer: George Martin.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeBureaucratized, TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized and TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Because as far as our four friends are concerned they're not joining in anyway, because everything "is going to be all right". Only John might if "destruction" is involved, though he doesn't on the musical single.
* {{Sampling}}: "[[MindScrew Revolution 9]]". The "number nine, number nine, number nine" is an old recording of an EMI technician testing the acoustics at Abbey Road Studios. There are also snippets of classical music and an Creator/ElektraRecords sound effects album (the source of the "block that kick" chant at the end, recorded at a UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball game).
* SarcasticClapping: The applause near the end of "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" for the pathetic hunter Bungalow Bill is definitely not meant to be taken seriously.
* ScareChord:
** Ends "Piggies".
** The ending of "Long, Long, Long" is way scarier. A wine bottle that was placed on the Hammond organ's Leslie speaker began to shake when Paul hit a certain note. Deciding to leave it in the recording, George added the wailing voice and Ringo threw in the ominous snare roll. It sounds like a coffin is closing at a funeral while the widow weeps.
* SelfBackingVocalist: Paul on "I Will" and "Wild Honey Pie". John, who usually didn't do this, had a duet with himself (interpolating lines) on "Julia".
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''The Beatles'', although pretty much everyone knows it better as "The White Album".
* ShoutOut:
** "Back in the USSR": The line "and Georgia is always on my mind" is a reference to "Georgia on My Mind", a song from the 1930's, popularized by Music/RayCharles. Of course, the Georgia being referred to here is an Eastern European country rather than a state in the Deep South of America, so this also doubles as a {{pun}}.
** John "has another cigarette" in "I'm So Tired", then curses Sir Walter Raleigh for "he was such a stupid git." Raleigh was the first Englishman to bring tobacco to Europe.
** "Julia" -- while it's about John's late mother, guess what the Japanese for [[Music/YokoOno "ocean child"]] is?
** "Martha My Dear" is about Music/PaulMcCartney's dog.
** "Piggies" is based on Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/AnimalFarm''.
** "Savoy Truffle" lists a lot of actual flavours of chocolate, and is also a joke about Music/EricClapton's weakness for chocolate.
** In "Yer Blues" Lennon claims to be "just as suicidal as Dylan's Mr. Jones"". This is a reference to "Ballad of a Thin Man" from Music/BobDylan's ''Music/Highway61Revisited''.
** "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" was inspired by a title in a rifle magazine. Unbeknownst to Lennon the title itself was an IncrediblyLamePun on the phrase "Happiness Is a Warm Puppy" from the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' franchise.
** "Revolution 9" has musical quotes from Jean Sibelius' "Seventh Symphony" (the finale), Music/RobertSchumann's "Symphonic Studies" (the finale, played backwards), Music/LudwigVanBeethoven's "Choral Fantasy", the musical standard "The Streets of Cairo", violins from "A Day in the Life" (from ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'') and the Arabic song "Awal Hamsa" by Farid al-Atrash and unused shouts of "right" and "alright" taken from a long jam from an unused take of "Revolution 1".
** Music/JohnLennon sings "Good Night" on side 2 of his solo album ''Music/WeddingAlbum'' from 1969, before he and Yoko go to bed.
** "Helter Skelter" was sampled by The Music/BeastieBoys during "Johnny Ryall" on their album ''Music/PaulsBoutique''.
* SincerestFormOfFlattery: Music/GeorgeHarrison admitted to pilfering the chord changes for "Long, Long, Long" from Music/BobDylan's "[[Music/BlondeOnBlonde Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands]]". Once you hear the similarity, you can't unhear it.
* SingerNameDrop:
** "Glass Onion"
--> ''And here's another clue for you all/ The Walrus was Paul.''
* SingleStanzaSong: "Wild Honey Pie" and "Why Don't We Do It in the Road", also counting as BrokenRecord and MinisculeRocking. Also, "Can You Take Me Back", the HiddenTrack right before ''"Revolution 9"''.
* SomethingBlues: "Yer Blues".
* SongOfSongTitles: "Glass Onion" name-checks "Strawberry Fields Forever", "I Am the Walrus", "Fixing a Hole", "Lady Madonna", and "The Fool on the Hill".
* SpecialGuest: Music/EricClapton plays lead guitar on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (because Harrison thought the presence of a respected outsider would get everyone to stop arguing for a while; reportedly, it worked); famed session musician Nicky Hopkins plays piano on "Revolution" and a few other tracks; engineer/producer Chris Thomas plays the harpsichord on "Piggies"; and jazz musician Jack Fallon provides the fiddle on "Don't Pass Me By".
** A lot of the Beatles' friends and [[CreatorCouple significant others]] were roped in to contribute. Mal Evans does backing vocals and hand-claps on "Dear Prudence", hand-claps on "Birthday", and he and John made a bunch of harsh trumpet noises on "Helter Skelter". "Birthday" also included backing vocals from Pattie Boyd and Music/YokoOno, and Music/RingoStarr's wife Maureen Starkey sang backing vocals on "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" alongside Yoko, who also contributed SpokenWordInMusic and tapes and sound effects to "Revolution 9". And ''that''''s not even counting all the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles_(album)#Personnel session musicians]].
** This album actually has the only fleeting moment where a non-Beatle performs lead vocals: the second verse of "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", where Yoko Ono sings "Not when he looked so fierce" (with John adding "His mummy butted in"), and singing "If looks could kill it would've been us instead of him" alongside John.
* SpiritualSuccessor: A number of critics have claimed Music/FleetwoodMac's ''Music/{{Tusk}}'' as one to this album as a double album full of stylistic variation, by a hugely popular band who earned an AuteurLicense after a massive hit album.
* SpokenWordInMusic: "Revolution 9". "Number nine, number nine, number nine..."
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Yoko Ono and George Martin can be heard briefly in "Revolution 9". Yoko is briefly heard again during "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill".
* StockSoundEffects:
** A landing plane during "Back in the U.S.S.R".
** "Blackbird" has sounds of an actual blackbird mixed in.
** "Piggies" has oinking pigs.
** "Revolution 9" is almost nothing but stock sound effects and snippets from dialogues, sometimes heavily distorted and/or played backwards.
* StudioChatter: The end of "Piggies", the beginning of "Revolution 1", the end of "Cry Baby Cry", John and George periodically muttering throughout "Revolution 9", and most famously Ringo's "I'VE GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS!!!" at the end of (the stereo mix of) "Helter Skelter".
* StylisticSuck: "Yer Blues" is deliberately written as an amateur BluesRock song, parodying [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy British musicians who tried making blues songs of their own]] despite not being familiar enough with {{Blues}} culture. Therefore, instead of authentic blues metaphors and idioms, it has both overly straightforward lyrics about being depressed and blues-like metaphors and idioms that try to sound authentic but mean nothing. And then there is the solo... or rather, the ''two'' solos played simultaneously.
** Lennon later admitted that the lyrics were inspired by his own CreatorBreakdown, as the song was written while he was "trying to reach God and feeling suicidal" but he deliberately made them as over-the-top as possible so that if anyone worried and asked, he could pass the song off as just a parody. The parody aspect also comes from Lennon's own wish to write a {{Blues}} song but not being sure if he was capable of imitating the blues musicians he listened to in school, making him opt instead to parody the British blues-rock boom at the time.
* SweetTooth: "You'll have to have them all pulled out after the 'Savoy Truffle'!" (allegedly inspired by Eric Clapton's fondness of chocolate.)
* TakeThat:
** "Sexy Sadie" was aimed at the Maharishi.
** "Revolution 1"
--> ''But if you go on carrying pictures of Chairman [[UsefulNotes/MaoZedong Mao]] you ain't gonna make it with anyone, anyhow''
* TakeThatAudience: "Glass Onion" is a sarcastic attack on their obsessive fans, in particular people [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory overanalyzing]] their lyrics.
* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: "Back In The USSR", where the protagonist is glad to be back home after a long and terrible flight.
* TimeMarchesOn:
** "Back In The USSR": Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 this song sounds rather surreal... and 12 years later Paul was playing in Russia, warranting many a jokey headline\article using the song.
** "Revolution 1": "But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman [[UsefulNotes/MaoZedong Mao]]/ you ain't gonna make it with anyone, anyhow". In the late 1960's and early 1970's Maoism was a bit more widespread than it is nowadays.
* UnpluggedVersion:
** "Revolution 1", in contrast to the single version.
** Music/GeorgeHarrison recorded a well-known acoustic version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." It finally got released on ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology''.
* TheWalrusWasPaul: TropeNamer, sung in ''Glass Onion''.
--> ''And here's another clue for you all: the walrus was Paul.''

->''"Good night. Good night everybody. Everybody, everywhere.''
->''Good night."''