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10 February 2014
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^^  What? It's giving me a headache trying to work that out. I think he meant that she wasn't poor, yet she didn't give him presents. So She's A Woman? That's where it stops making any sense.

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Expert Textpert said

bikelock28 said
"My love don't give me presents/ I know that she's no peasant,"
Nuff said.

That was going to be my example.  Worst lyric ever.  Let's analyze it.  Is he saying that only peasants give presents, and therefore he knows that she's not one?  Or is he saying that even though she never gives him presents, he knows that she can afford presents, and so she must be rich, and not a peasant? And thefore, She's A Woman?

Here's my theory on this "so-bad-it's-really good" lyric: Paul came up with the rockin' melody line first, and began scat-singing nonsense syllables to the music. The beginning lines "My love"… and "I know"… would have come easy, and then he probably shouted out some garbled yelps just to "block out" some kind of scansion on the beat. After a few run-throughs, "… don't bring me presents"… began to take shape, and then to be funny, he rhymed it with the absurd "I know that she's no peasant." John Lennon heard this and heartily approved of it. That seems very plausible to me. :)

11 February 2014
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We've been kicking around the obvious bad lines in "She's A Woman:" "My love don't give me presents/I know that she's no peasant." But the second verse is no slouch, either: "She don't give boys the eye/She hates to see me cry"… Of course she hates to see you cry, Paul! Who wants to hitch their wagon to a wimp? Man up, man, and deal with it! If she's got commitment issues, don't just go and start squirting tears. And come to think of it, around that same time John Lennon wrote another song called "I'll Cry Instead." Wow… Back then it wasn't just George's guitar that was "gently weeping." ;-)

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I don't think the presents/peasant sentiment is necessarily illogical at all. She doesn't give him presents, even though she can easily afford to, unlike some peasant. But so what, he doesn't care about something as trivial as gifts: "She's A Woman who understands/She's A Woman who loves her man!" and that's all that really matters to him!

I like to imagine that if they recorded the same song in their drug-soaked days of 1966-67, they might've replaced "peasant" with "pheasant" just for a larf.

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4or5Magicians said
Yeah, presents/peasant is kind of bad, but Paul sings it so epically it's almost good. Taken into context alongside the rest of the verse, I submit this analysis for peer review.

My love don't give me presents
I know that she's no peasant
Only ever has to give me
Love forever and forever
My love don't give me presents

I believe that the general idea that the author is trying to convey is that his love, despite having ample resources with which finance the act of showering him with gifts, chooses to give him lasting (unconditional?) love in lieu of material things. In essence, the line can be seen as a retread of the ideas expressed in "Can't Buy Me Love" - a sense of satisfaction with a sense of love and companionship that transcends the fleeting nature of material possessions.
 
Also, after reading the Beatles Bible entry for the song she gets him pot when he's lonely... so there's that... a-hard-days-night-paul-7

 

Yeah. The reason she don't give him presents (sic) isn't because she is poor but rather because what she does give him is more than enough to satisfy him.

Still, there's nothing wrong with love forever and forever AND presents!!

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I'm looking around for lightning bolts to come down on my head for posting a criticism of a Beatles song. But, all of you have lived so here I go.

I want to change the the second line here from You Won't See Me.

"I wouldn't mind
If I knew what I was missing"

I want it to say "But I know what I am missing".

Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I'm missing if that line sounds right to you?

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Paul was pissed of that Jane wouldn't give up her career in the Performing Arts to stay at home and be at his beck and call which lead to arguments (We Can Work It Out). I'd guess that that chorus in You Won't See Me ("time after time you refuse to even listen. I wouldn't mind if I knew what i was missing") was Paul saying that Jane wasn't listening to Paul's request to quit and that he wouldn't be so pissed if he knew what she was getting up to when away from Paul or Paul could be saying that if Jane just stopped for a bit they could take it from there. Any jealousy or fears of Jane being unfaithful on Paul would be quite ironic considering he was the one having secret trysts when she was away. Maybe it was due to his affairs that he felt he couldn't trust Jane.

 

 

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While hearing "Please Please Me" on Absolute 60s, I just realized how much "I don't want to sound complaining" irks me.

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parlance said
While hearing "
Please Please Me" on Absolute 60s, I just realized how much "I don't want to sound complaining" irks me.

parlace

I always though it was "start complaining"; my brain must automatically alter it as start is better, making more sense to me. "Sound complaining"? Who says that?

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