Desirable DS, one page both sides, 8 x 13, October 15, 1968. Memorandum of agreement between Northern Songs Limited and Maclen (Music) Limited, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, in which the former party will be assigned “the full copyright for all countries of the World for the duration and all extensions” of the “musical work or composition entitled—’Happiness Is A Warm Gun.’” Signed at the conclusion in black ballpoint by Lennon, and countersigned in black ballpoint by Maclen representative Neil Aspinall. In fine condition, with a few spots of staining and some tears to top edge. Inspired by a magazine headline that producer George Martin had shown to Lennon, the title ‘Happiness Is a Warm Gun” ultimately derives from ‘Happiness is a warm puppy,’ an adage from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics that was frequently riffed on during the 1960s. The song was featured on the Beatles’ White Album, and is said to have been Paul McCartney and George Harrison’s favorite song from the record. The song’s progressive structure and lyrical suggestions of violence and sex made it unpopular for airwaves, and was subsequently banned by the BBC. Pre-certified REAL.
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