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Along with "Don't Pass Me By," this was one of 2 songs Ringo Starr wrote for The Beatles. It came about when Ringo was on a boating trip with his family in Sardina in 1968. The boat's captain offered him an octopus lunch, but he turned it down. It was then that the captain began to tell him everything he knew about octopuses, and how they travel along the sea bed looking for shiny objects and stones with which to build gardens. With this information, Ringo came up with the idea for this song.
This was one of The Beatles songs that kids loved. "Yellow Submarine" and "Rocky Raccoon" were others. (thanks, Dominic - Pittsburgh, PA, for above 2)
George Harrison helped Ringo write this during the Let It Be sessions. They are seen working on it in the movie Let It Be - George rewrote the chord sequence.
Ringo made the underwater sounds by blowing bubbles through a glass of water.
Ringo sang lead, as he did on many of the lighter Beatles songs, including "Yellow Submarine" and "Act Naturally
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