“Happiness is a Warm Gun” was another one which was banned on the radio – they said it was about shooting up drugs. But they were advertising guns and I thought it was so crazy that I made a song out of it. It wasn’t about ‘H’ at all.
- John Lennon, Anthology
The title “Happiness is a Warm Gun” was inspired by a headline on a gun magazine which producer George Martin had shown Lennon.
The song was extremely difficult for the band to record with its multiple tempo and style changes – it took 70 takes, all in all. However, Paul McCartney later went on to call it his favorite song of the White Album sessions. Lennon, too, was extremely proud of this song, especially the way it seemed to encompass several different styles of rock music at once.
In spite of Lennon’s denial, the song was recorded while Lennon was addicted to heroin, and many of the lines have been interpreted by fans as being allusions to this addiction.