Octopus’s Garden was written by Ringo Starr in 1968. It was first played during The Beatles’ Let It Be sessions in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were used in The Beatles’ 1970 movie Let It Be. The Beatles recorded the song again for their 1969 album Abbey Road. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by Chris Thomas and The Beatles. An edit of Takes 2 and 8 was released on The Beatles’ 1996 album Anthology 3. Octopus’s Garden was first released on The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road. The song was also released on the EP Abbey Road in Thailand in 1969. The EP also included Come Together, Oh! Darling, and Something. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love.
The song was part of Ringo Starr’s repertoire. He performed the song when he appeared on VH1 Storytellers in 1998. That version was released on his 1998 album VH1 Storytellers. Another live version was released on his 2007 album Live At Soundstage. The 2013 children’s book Octopus’s Garden uses the lyrics to the song. The book came with a CD that included three new versions of Octopus’s Garden; a new version recorded in 2013 with Ringo Starr on lead vocals, Ringo Starr narrating the story, and instrumental version.
Now Hear This: Octopus’s Garden (Takes 2 & 8) – The Beatles (1996)
Octopus’s Garden – Ringo Starr (1998)
Octopus’s Garden – The Beatles (2006)
Octopus’s Garden – Ringo Starr (2007
Octopus’s Garden – Ringo Starr (2013)
Octopus’s Garden (narration) – Ringo Starr (2013)
Octopus’s Garden (instrumental version) – Ringo Starr (2013)