John wrote Dear Prudence for Prudence Farrow, the younger sister of Mia Farrow, who was on the meditation trip with the Beatles. She was much more involved in the meditation process and spent her free time in meditation. John wrote the song as a plea for her to "come out and play", to interact, with the rest of the group.
Paul on drums
Paul plays drums on "Dear Prudence", as Ringo had (temporarily, as it turned out) left the group (during sessions for "Back In The U.S.S.R." about 6 days earlier). Overdubs were made onto a single take basic track, one instrument at a time. Backing vocals, handclaps, and tamborines are performed by Paul, George, Mal Evans, Jackie Lomax, and Paul's cousin John McCartney.
- August 28, 1968 (1 take; basic track, overdubs)
- August 29, 1968 (bass, double-tracked lead vocal, backing vocal, handclap, and tamborine overdubs)
- August 30, 1968 (unused mono and stereo mixing)
- October 5, 1968 (mono mixing)
- October 13, 1968 (stereo mixing)
- The Beatles (1968)