"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.[1]

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 written 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. Bright and early." in a similar fashion to what Ringo Starr whispers at the end of the Beatles song "Good Night", which was a song written by John Lennon for his other son, Julian Lennon.

The lyrics of "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" contain the famous Lennon quote "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."


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Céline Dion version[edit]Edit

"Beautiful Boy" was recorded by Céline Dion for her album Miracle. It was released on 11 October 2004, in North America and parts of Europe as the first promotional single.[2]

The song reached number two on the Quebec Airplay Chart. "Beautiful Boy" was also popular on adult contemporary charts, peaking at number 18 in the US and number 32 in Canada.[citation needed] It also reached number 30 on the Hungarian Airplay Chart.[citation needed]

Dion performed this song on a few US TV shows, including Live with Regis and Kelly.[citation needed]

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