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Careers, Professions, or Jobs mentioned in Beatles songs
16 June 2021
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I guessed Taxman as a possible song for a picture in the song/picture game (link). While typing the word, I thought about the gender of the word. We never say taxwoman. Tax collector would be the nongendered term to use. 

Which got me to thinking about other work roles mentioned in Beatles songs so I thought a thread for the topic would be nice.

Lovely Peter meter maid – wait “maid” is usually feminine, right? Do they call those people “meter readers” now?

Well, anyway, non-gendering of a profession or any other work discussions welcome.

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Good idea for a thread, AG.

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Lovely Peter meter maid – wait “maid” is usually feminine, right? Do they call those people “meter readers” now?

The term I have nearly always known to be used in the UK is “traffic warden”.

I think “meter maid” has rarely been used in the UK, but of course Paul chose to include it in the lyrics of the Lovely Rita song.  I suppose “Lovely Rita , traffic warden” wouldn’t have worked well for the lyrics.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8In Australia we call them ticket inspectors!

 

Aside from the phone book’s worth of jobs in Penny Lane , although not explicitly mentioned I’ll add ‘band member’ from Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band… 

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I expect the Piggies in George’s song were probably lawyers, bankers, etc. 

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16 June 2021
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I know you said non-gendered, but there’s no other way to say “working girl” (“Honey Pie “)

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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vonbontee said
I know you said non-gendered, but there’s no other way to say “working girl” (“Honey Pie “)

  

Was the girl in ‘Honey Pie ‘ a lady of the night!? I always just assumed she was a career girl who went to the US and got her big break like so many have but it’s possible.

‘Father Mackenzie’ from ‘Eleanor Rigby ‘ is another career.

The band in ‘Yellow Submarine ‘.

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vonbontee said

I know you said non-gendered, but there’s no other way to say “working girl” (“Honey Pie “)

Was the girl in ‘Honey Pie ‘ a lady of the night!? I always just assumed she was a career girl who went to the US and got her big break like so many have but it’s possible. 

Likewise, I have always thought that “working girl, North of England way” is referring to a career girl.  Who knows?  Paul would have known his intention at the time but, if he was asked now, he may not remember.

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Well, just to state the obvious, paperback writer. It’s in the title.

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“Pretty policemen in a row” – police officers, law enforcement officers, bobbies, …

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“Pretty policemen in a row” – police officers, law enforcement officers, bobbies, …

  

The judge in ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer ‘, also the teacher and, if we can push it a little further, the student who is Joan and Maxwell who is a studious serial killer.

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The spy in Back In The USSR (not explicitly named but still)
“Doctor” Robert
Postman, if we’re including covers (mail carrier), and Maggie Mae … well, we all know what her profession was even if it was never stated ahdn_george_06

and if we’re including solo songs, how could anyone forget the
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Beatlebug said
The spy in Back In The USSR (not explicitly named but still)

“Doctor” Robert

Postman, if we’re including covers (mail carrier), and Maggie Mae … well, we all know what her profession was even if it was never stated ahdn_george_06

and if we’re including solo songs, how could anyone forget the

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And the mailman hopefully bringing blues no more.

The English army fighting the war.

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The disc jockey and the writer sitting down by the rhythm reviews in Roll Over Beethoven .

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The captain and engineer in Despite Repeated Warnings

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“Carol” – Hat-check girl 

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Soldier [of love]

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Farmer – someone has to be bring those cows home.

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Cows are creatures of habit, they’ll bring themselves home if it gets late enough. Hence the saying “till the cows come home”, meaning it’s so late they’ve finally up and decided to come home of their own volition. I think. So this farmer must’ve failed his duty.

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My farmer respects and cares his cows, uses his initiative and loves their company. He’s going out and bring them home.

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Beatlebug said

“Doctor” Robert
  

and the doctor in Rocky Raccoon

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* “the man in the mac” (some kind of ferry official?)

John said: “We wanted to get married on a cross-channel ferry. That was the romantic part. When we went to Southampton and then we couldn’t get on because she wasn’t English and she couldn’t get the day visa to go across.”

* “news people” / “the men from the press”

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