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is in a mock-Baroque style for which the piccolo trumpet (a small instrument built about one octave higher than the standard instrument) is particularly suited, having a clean and clear sound which penetrates well through thicker midrange textures.According to lead sound engineer Geoff Emerick, David Mason "nailed it" at some point during the recording; Paul Mc Cartney tried to get him to do another take but producer George Martin insisted it wasn't necessary, sensing Mason's fatigue.The song is seemingly narrated on a fine summer day ("beneath the blue suburban skies"), yet at the same time it is raining ("the fireman rushes in from the pouring rain") and approaching winter ("selling poppies from a tray" implies Remembrance Day, 11 November).Ian Mac Donald has stated: "Seemingly naturalistic, the lyric scene is actually kaleidoscopic.Today the street is an important landmark, sought out by many Beatles fans touring Liverpool.In the past, street signs saying "Penny Lane" were constant targets of tourist theft and had to be continually replaced.
The song was later included on the band's US album, Magical Mystery Tour, despite not appearing on the British double EP of the same name.
A feature of the song was the piccolo trumpet solo played by Mason.
This is thought to be the first use of this instrument (a distinctive, speciality instrument, pitched an octave higher than the standard B-flat trumpet) in pop music.
In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked "Penny Lane" at number 456 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
'Penny Lane' was kind of nostalgic, but it was really a place that John and I knew; it was actually a bus terminus.
Mason was paid 27 pounds and 10 shillings for his performance on the recording.