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Lovely Rita
12 July 2013
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Does it bother anyone else that Rita pays the dinner bill on the date?  Then they go and sit on the sofa with her sisters.  What a lame date.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

12 July 2013
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What about the fact that he tried to make it sitting on a sofa with a sister or two? I thought it was Rita he loved? Randy bastard! :lol:

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12 July 2013
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Does it bother anyone else that Rita pays the dinner bill on the date? 

Absolutely not. My wife takes me out to dinner all the time.

What puzzles me is the fact that he pursues someone who looks a little like a military man…not that there's anything wrong with that.

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12 July 2013
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Zig said

Expert Textpert said
 

Does it bother anyone else that Rita pays the dinner bill on the date? 

Absolutely not. My wife takes me out to dinner all the time.

What puzzles me is the fact that he pursues someone who looks a little like a military man…not that there's anything wrong with that.

:lol: Maybe he meant she's wearing one of those sexy military outfits women sometimes where on Halloween?

In any event, cheeky guy trying to get out of a ticket by seducing the meter maid!

 

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12 July 2013
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Zig said

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Does it bother anyone else that Rita pays the dinner bill on the date? 

Absolutely not. My wife takes me out to dinner all the time.

What puzzles me is the fact that he pursues someone who looks a little like a military man…not that there's anything wrong with that.

Apparently that's not uncommon in Beatles.  I read that John liked Yoko because she looked like a "bloke in drag."

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

12 July 2013
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Zig said

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Does it bother anyone else that Rita pays the dinner bill on the date? 

Absolutely not. My wife takes me out to dinner all the time.

What puzzles me is the fact that he pursues someone who looks a little like a military man…not that there's anything wrong with that.

Apparently that's not uncommon in Beatles.  I read that John liked Yoko because she looked like a "bloke in drag."

And don't forget Polythene Pam… "She's so good looking but she looks like a man…"

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12 July 2013
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mja6758 said

Expert Textpert said

Zig said

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Does it bother anyone else that Rita pays the dinner bill on the date? 

Absolutely not. My wife takes me out to dinner all the time.

What puzzles me is the fact that he pursues someone who looks a little like a military man…not that there's anything wrong with that.

Apparently that's not uncommon in Beatles.  I read that John liked Yoko because she looked like a "bloke in drag."

And don't forget Polythene Pam… "She's so good looking but she looks like a man…"

It was all those drag queens in Hamburg that did it to him.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

12 July 2013
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"We were just trying to write songs about prostitutes and lesbians, thats all" - a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Logical progression of their lyrical content really…

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12 July 2013
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Zig said

Expert Textpert said
 

Does it bother anyone else that Rita pays the dinner bill on the date? 

Absolutely not. My wife takes me out to dinner all the time.

What puzzles me is the fact that he pursues someone who looks a little like a military man…not that there's anything wrong with that.

I've said it before….  Paul is definitely not the most convincing heterosexual…  but I love him that way.  heart  It's just Paul.  

Stop that.

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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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12 July 2013
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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.

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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

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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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13 July 2013
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That makes sense and I had considered it over the years, but the first interpretation is a bit more interesting a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-george-10

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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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