Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
- Paul McCartney – lead vocal, organ, bass
- John Lennon – lead vocal, rhythm guitar
- George Harrison – lead vocal, lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – lead vocal, drums, tambourine, maracas
In Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) the Beatles revisit the opening premise of the album by repeating the chorus of the first number, but with more instruments and a faster pace. This track begins in F major and makes it back to G. The opening chord is the so-called Hendrix chord (in this case, C7 with a D-sharp added in). Paul counts off to get started, and after "2" Lennon is heard saying "Bye!"
Neil Aspinall apparently suggested the reprise idea. He said that since there was a "welcome song" on the record, there should be a "goodbye song." In the reprise the melody is the same as the opening number, but the lyrics are different. It continues for only one minute and 18 seconds before transitioning from applause into the album's last song, A Day in the Life. The 1996 collection Anthology 2 contains a recording of a rehearsal of the reprise. All four band members contribute vocals. Like the opening track of the Sgt. Pepper album, the reprise was never performed live by the Beatles. Paul played the opening track in his 1989 world tour but thereafter played only the Reprise, leading into The End. The Reprise also came out in a modified form on the Cirque du Soleil record called Love in 2006.