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1 December 2014
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Written by: Trad arr. Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starkey

Recorded: 24 January 1969

Engineer: Glyn Johns

Released: 8 May 1970 (UK), 18 May 1970 (US)

John Lennon: vocals, acoustic guitar

Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar

George Harrison: lead guitar

Ringo Starr: drums

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I was looking at Wikipedia and the spelling for the song was Maggie May, why did the Beatles spell it Maggie Mae ?

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Starr Shine? said
I was looking at Wikipedia and the spelling for the song was Maggie May, why did the Beatles spell it Maggie Mae ?  

Maybe that’s how they know it to be spelled. Or they just felt like it.  paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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Maybe it’s the same reason they spelled “git” as “get”

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William Shears Campbell said
Maybe it’s the same reason they spelled “git” as “get”  

So it is more commonly spelled as Mae in Liverpool?

They did credit all the Beatles as writers so was a different spelling a way to make more money?

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Does anyone else hear John sing “Tis the part of Liverpool, dare I dare me tool?”

All the lyrics online say “This is the part of Liverpool, they returned me to” which it sounds nothing like to me.

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That’s interesting, it always sounded more like “Tis the part of Liverpool, she here returned me to”.

Regardless I think John was deliberately doing something funky with the lyrics

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It’s “‘Tis the Port of Liverpool” not “part”. The returning sailor on dry land again.

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Ron Nasty said
It’s “‘Tis the Port of Liverpool” not “part”. The returning sailor on dry land again.

  

If you listen to the raw tape, John is clearly singing “part”. The lyrics say ‘port’ but John is obviously not singing what they are meant to be, as he often did.

Maybe we could get a major argument going; folk screaming either side of the debate, eyes blinded by fingers so they cannot read any response to their furiously typed matter-of-fact opinion.

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