John Lennon always his said his son, Sean, felt “more like a twin” considering that they both shared the same birthday.
In the below clip we catch a glimpse of their relationship as the pair shared a few notes. The footage comes from a home recording and sees Sean as a young child. On the tape, he starts singing the Beatles song.
In an interview dated in 1980, John once famously said that down to Sean’s apparent ability to channel his father’s emotions, John was now forced to shake himself out of “artistic depression” for the sake of the child. It’s a father-son relationship that is crystalised in this short clip.
Beginning with the unmistakable tone of a happy child, Sean belts out the lines: “Do you need anybody / I need somebody to love,” with a gleeful smile across his face. “That’s my favourite song,” confirms the toddler. “Very good,” replies John. The inquisitive Sean asks: “Who’s singing? You?”, his father replies: “No. Ringo, but Paul and I are singing it with him.”
After being asked what the song is called and trying to run through the lyrics for the title, like so many pub quiz teams have done before, Lennon concedes: “Oh, I’ve forgotten what it was called.”
Sean continues the song and messes up the lyrics the way only a small child can, after quickly correcting the lines, John then has a eureka moment and remembers, “Oh, ‘A Little Help From My Friends’, that’s what it’s called.”
The audio… H E R E .