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"Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" is a song written by John Lennon. It was
released on the 1980 album Double Fantasy, the last album
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 whispers "Good
night Sean, see you in the morning."
The lines "Every day in every way/It's getting better and
better" are repeated in the song. They are inspired by the mantra
of French psychologist Émile Coué, who had his patients repeat the
lines "Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better"
(Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en
mieux) over and over again as part of therapy.
It's also been suggested that the lyrics "Every day in every
way/It's getting better and better" are something of a tribute to
McCartney, as Paul had written the famous song "Getting Better"
on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band, which included the lyrics "It's getting
better and better."
At the end of the song, John Lennon whispers "Good night, Sean.
See you in the morning. Right again" 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)" also contain a
famous Lennon quote: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy
making other plans." Sheryl Crow uses a similar line ("Life is
what happens while you're making plans") in the song "Diamond Road"
from her 2002 album, C'mon C'mon.
This song is not to be confused with "Beautiful Boys," a song by
Yoko Ono that also appears on Double Fantasy.
It is included in the movie Mr. Holland's Opus featuring Richard
"Beautiful Boy" was recorded by Céline Dion for her
album Miracle. It was
released on October 11, 2004 in North America and parts of Europe
as the first promotional single.
The song reached number 2 on the Quebec Airplay Chart.
"Beautiful Boy" was also popular on the adult contemporary charts,
peaking at number 18 in the U.S. and number 32 in Canada. It also
reached number 30 on the Hungarian Airplay Chart.
Dion performed this song on few U.S. TV shows, including Live with Regis and
Kelly. There was no music video made.
Céline Dion also covered another John Lennon track "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in
1998 for her These Are Special Times
- In 1998, "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" was covered by Japanese
trio, Dreams Come True, as the B-side
to their "Ahaha" single, which was later released on a 65th
anniversary tribute album in 2005.
- In 2006, it was covered by UK rock band Feeder as part of a tribute album, given away
magazine, titled Lennon: Covered Vol 1.
- In 2007, it was covered by Ben Harper for the benefit album Instant
Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.