This Lennon/McCartney song was actually a joint effort with contributions from friends on lyrics (including Donovan) and singing the chorus. Intended to be a children’s song — it is a great adult sing-along as well ;-). I have let it play on repeat while I compose this blog and have sung every note along with Ringo and friends! It’s such a feel-good song.
The song first appeared on the 1966 “Revolver” LP (the first Beatles LP I ever purchased with my own allowance). The song was also the B side to the Grammy award winning “Eleanor Rigby” single from the “Revolver” album. “Rigby” was a US success, but “Submarine” wasn’t as big here as it was in the UK where it zoomed to #1.
Of course the song also appeared on the 1969 #2 Pop charting “Yellow Submarine” soundtrack LP for the movie of the same name. I went to see that movie and frankly I just didn’t get it. But I loved the music and still do.
But I consider “Revolver” to be the better LP.
“Revolver” Trivia: Revolver charted #19 on the 2001 Billboard List of Top Internet Albums. How’s THAT for longevity?!