Apr 8 2010

Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! – #21

For the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight on trampoline
The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo Fanques Fair – what a scene
Over men and horses hoops and garters
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire!
In this way Mr. K. will challenge the world!
The celebrated Mr. K.
Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishopsgate
The Hendersons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring don’t be late
Messrs. K. and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz!

The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. K. performs his tricks without a sound
And Mr. H. will demonstrate
Ten summersets he’ll undertake on solid ground
Having been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill

It’s kind of hard to beat The Beatles…especially Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This is my favorite Beatles album, and quite possibly my top album of all-time. I think I could do a piece from every song on this album….maybe I will. The song of course is Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

The lyrics were adapted almost word for word from an old circus poster which Lennon had bought at an antique shop in Kent the day the Beatles had been filming the promotional clip for Strawberry Fields Forever there.

I think this is the first piece I’ve done that actually comes very close to how I’ve always imagined the song.

Photo credits:
Circus TentAntonio Jiménez Alonso
LightsIrina Naumets
ForegroundKevin Lockheed