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Beatles lyrics you would have changed
21 March 2024
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Fun is the one thing money can’t buy could also be related to the girl saying that despite having everything money could buy it didn’t stop her being unhappy at home, she never had fun. Eventually she ran off. Maybe it was in the wrote she left. Maybe that’s what the parents came to realise at the end, they could give her everything money could buy but they couldn’t make their daughter happy or have fun. The parents were struggling to get buy as they gave their daughter everything, maybe they also missed out on the fun themselves but thought it was worthwhile as it was for her, looking back they also realise they also never had fun. Nobody benefited from it all.

There is a lot going on in the lyrics of ‘She’s Leaving Home ‘, a lot of interpretations.

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22 March 2024
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My theory is that “fun is the one thing that money can’t buy” was a pure Lennon contribution, and even if he meant it partially as a component of the song’s story, it was also a transcendent zinger about life itself, seeing and raising their own more innocent days of “money can’t buy (me) love”.  Not only can it not buy love, it can’t even buy FUN!–the only thing  a materialist nihilist has in this life, despite what they think when they try to fend off the Abyss with their money.

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22 March 2024
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Ooooo, I like that interpretation, @Sea Belt. Have an apple apple01

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BobFromSeattle said
That makes sense inasmuch as it *is* John singing the counterpoint that is otherwise the voice of the parents. But I find it hard to swallow that the parents would be lecturing themselves that “fun is the one thing that money can’t buy”. Possible, but doesn’t seem likely to me. When I hear the line, I feel I’m being given the message of the song, which remains (in my mind, at least) in this form inconsistent not only with “Can’t Buy Me Love “, but with any sensible person’s understandings.

  

I agree that the line is a somewhat clumsy conclusion to the preceding “what did we do that was wrong” couplet but I read it as a realisation that they had failed her emotionally by concentrating only on providing for her financially.

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22 March 2024
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Thanks @Ahhh Girl — I could make some apple sauce!

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The fact that the previous chorus’ counterpoint vocals are obviously sung from the parents’ POV makes me think it is supposed to be them singing this one too. However I agree it is somewhat clunky. 

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