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12 July 2013
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12 July 2013
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"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

12 July 2013
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In an interview not long after the time they wrote Lovely Rita, a journalist told Paul he thought the "sitting on a sofa with a sister or two" meant a ménage à trois, but Paul said (to paraphrase from memory) -- "I wish!  Actually I meant that I didn't make it with her because I had to sit with her boring sisters instead".

 

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13 July 2013
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meanmistermustard said
I never read it as Paul trying to get some kind of orgy going (and bringing in the sisters, yecht!), always that he was on the sofa trying to cope off with this girl who had taken him to a place of safety (probably due to knowing how randy Paul was with the opposite sex).

Date-wise letting the woman pay, not sure what that says nowadays and how it stands. If you pay you might be making an unconscious statement that men are the breadwinners and the ladies are delicate items who need a man to handle money and if you let them pay then you are cheap. What happened to the days when opening a door for a female was polite and a good show of manners and not getting hit with an umbrella? 

As for the Military outfit, maybe he has/had a fetish for uniforms.

That's how I heard the song, too.  

I have paid for dates with boyfriends many times before.  My first real boyfriend was kind of a bum most of the relationship, didn't have a job, so never really had money.  I worked full time so if I wanted to go out, I had to pay. 

 

My husband and I were usually pretty 50/50 in those first few years.  We started putting our money together just over 4 years ago now, so now there is no such thing as "buying" each other anything.  We keep our spending pretty even and we always "ask" each other when we want to buy something (expect necessities).  He makes way more than I do so technically we wouldn't be able to buy anything without his input...  so I guess he does buy us a lot in that sense.. but I'm the one that keeps track of the money.  a-hard-days-night-paul-10

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

13 July 2013
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Funny Paper said
In an interview not long after the time they wrote
Lovely Rita, a journalist told Paul he thought the "sitting on a sofa with a sister or two" meant a ménage à trois, but Paul said (to paraphrase from memory) -- "I wish!  Actually I meant that I didn't make it with her because I had to sit with her boring sisters instead".

 

I never read that quote - but that was how I always interpreted that line - that because the sisters were there the guy couldn't make out with Rita. Sort of that old school chaperone stuff that was a part of their generation.

And it was her meter maid uniform that made her look a little like a military man -

 

and actually my favorite line is "when it gets dark, I tow your heart away" which is exactly what happens when a car has a ticket or is still parked on the street after hours - it gets towed -  incredibly clever lyric - IMHO

 

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11 August 2013
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In the entry under Lovely Rita in the "Songs" section of this website, Joe lists the instrumentation --

Paul McCartney: vocals, piano, bass, comb and paper
John Lennon: backing vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, comb and paper
George Harrison: backing vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, comb and paper
Ringo Starr: drums, comb and paper
George Martin: piano

-- however, I can distinctly hear a cowbell beginning to be played at the 2:08 mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....e5JLYKQfDU

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