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Not Guilty
12 September 2011
9.16am
McLennonSon
In the middle of the roundabout
Rishikesh
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I think this is George's attack on Paul.

 

Something about the ego of Macca's Pepper

 

I am not trying to be smart,
I only want what I can get.

Really?

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12 September 2011
11.04am
meanmistermustard
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This song is covered in Cant Buy Me Love, the book by Jonathan Gould.

Not Guilty was George on the defensive after India . George was supposedly trying to gain some more influence within the band and it failed what with the fall out from the rumours about the Maharishi which John was very bitter about and Paul and Ringo leaving early.

Not guilty
For leading you astray
On the road to mandalay.

There was also business problems in Apple already and George was stating his stance in the song.

Not guilty
For getting in your way
While you’re trying to steal the day.
Not guilty
And I’m not here for the rest,
I’m not trying to steal your vest.

I am not trying to be smart,
I only want what I can get.

Also according to CBML, John and Paul dropped it from the White Album running order whilst George was away due to its content.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
12 September 2011
4.29pm
The Walrus
Working for the national health
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I won't upset the Apple cart…

And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time
12 September 2011
6.45pm
GniknuS
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I've always thought that, although he didn't write it, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was directed at Paul. "I should hate you…but I guess I love you."

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12 September 2011
8.19pm
meanmistermustard
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It could have been GniknuS though i doubt that George would have even have been thinking of Paul when recording it. Certainly they had a strained relationship at times.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
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