(It's All Down to) Goodnight Vienna

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"Goodnight Vienna"
Ringo Starr - Goodnight Vienna album cover.jpg
US picture sleeve
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Goodnight Vienna
Released2 June 1975 (US only)
Formatvinyl record 7"
Length2:58 (single version)
LabelApple Records
Songwriter(s)John Lennon
Producer(s)Richard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"Goodnight Vienna"
"A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"
Goodnight Vienna track listing
11 tracks
Side one
  1. "(It's All Down to) Goodnight Vienna"
  2. "Occapella"
  3. "Oo-Wee"
  4. "Husbands and Wives"
  5. "Snookeroo"
Side two
  1. "All by Myself"
  2. "Call Me"
  3. "No No Song"
  4. "Only You (And You Alone)"
  5. "Easy for Me"
  6. "Goodnight Vienna (Reprise)"

"(It's All Down to) Goodnight Vienna", an up-tempo John Lennon composition, is the title track to Ringo Starr's 1974 album Goodnight Vienna. The final song on the album is "Goodnight Vienna (reprise)". Also released as a single, the single version is a medley combination of "(It's All Down to) Goodnight Vienna" and "Goodnight Vienna (reprise)". The single was released in the US on 2 June 1975.[nb 1][1]

The title song features John Lennon on opening count-in and piano, and Billy Preston on clavinet; and the Reprise song features Lennon's intro, 'OK, with gusto, boys, with gusto!'.

Composition and Lyrics[edit]

The composition was the second of five Lennon songs to be offered for inclusion on Starr's solo albums, (the others being "I'm the Greatest" from Ringo, "Cookin' (in the Kitchen of Love)" from Ringo's Rotogravure, and two unreleased songs intended for Stop and Smell the Roses).

The lyrics of this nonsense song are by John Lennon. The term "Goodnight Vienna" is English slang meaning "it's all over", and the London slang term "bohunk" is a mildly derogatory term for an immigrant of Bohemian descent.


  1. ^ US Apple 1882[1]
  1. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435.