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Naughty bits: Age warning for minors!!
1 September 2015
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned Please Please Me yet.

But there's loads of 'naughty' words and references in their music, such as the description of a certain magazine in On My Way To Work, and that's just one of many examples. Paul's more recent work doesn't leave much to the imagination...haha!

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As AG knows well, Love Me Do , forwards doesn't make a lot of sense but Love Me Do backwards a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

I'm considered a minor for another couple of months so I feel awful wicked and jolly rebellious posting in this thread!

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AppleScruffJunior said
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I'm considered a minor for another couple of months so I feel awful wicked and jolly rebellious posting in this thread!

As you should - it's kind of like peeping in the door of the pub before you are legal drinking age!!

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trcanberra said

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I'm considered a minor for another couple of months so I feel awful wicked and jolly rebellious posting in this thread!

As you should - it's kind of like peeping in the door of the pub before you are legal drinking age!!

In my town you can do more than peeping in the door of the pub at my age- well once you turn 15 at the most. 

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Why Don't We Do It In The Road could be about sex or just about urinating/defecating on the road.

There, I said it.

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"The tension mounts. You score an ounce."

Paul and Wings on Rock Show.

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What a great thread! Well done @trcanberra.

Drugs, then. According to Barry Miles, practically every Beatles lyric that mentions 'high' or 'grass' is about cannabis. "Find me in my field of grass..."

You can also add some references to tea. A 'tea head' was 60s vernacular for weed smoker, and The Beatles used the term quite often (see the Anthology book). My favourite is Lovely Rita 's "May I enquire discreetly: When are you free to take some tea with me?" Once you know, you know...

The first drugs reference was in She's A Woman ("Turns me on when I get lonely"). I think the second was It's Only Love ("I get high when I see you go by"). Got To Get You Into My Life was all about cannabis, although it's quite well hidden. The most blatant example was probably "Arizona grass" in Get Back .

There are plenty of others, almost too many to mention. 1965 seems to have been a peak, from Ticket To Ride ("I don't know why she's riding so high") to the sharp inhalation in Girl, meant to sound like a toke on a spliff. I also have a theory that the ending of Norwegian Wood has Lennon sparking up a joint ("So I lit a fire"), although it's more often interpreted as him burning down the flat. Personally I think he'd have been more likely to have a smoke, but hey.

Lots of references to the effects of LSD too: Tomorrow Never Knows , Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds , She Said She Said , I Me Mine , Day Tripper etc. Interestingly, these seem to be mostly about other people, in contrast to the first-person cannabis references. I'll have to give that subject a bit more thought - it never occurred to me before.

Pills barely got a mention, which might seem odd considering how much they had in the early 60s, but they weren't writing about non-love subjects back then. The song Please Please Me was probably recorded on Preludin (see Tune In), and I'm sure there were others. When Lennon accidentally took LSD in the studio in 1967 (Getting Better session) he thought he was taking an upper, so it was clearly not unusual at that time.

Happiness Is A Warm Gun contains a pretty blatant reference to heroin ("I need a fix"). I've also heard that Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey might be about shooting smack ("The deeper you go, the higher you fly") but it could equally be one of Lennon's free-association nonsense songs. According to Yoko she and Lennon never used needles.

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trcanberra said
As mentioned in other posts Working Class Hero also caused a stir, I know my parents fell off their chairs when they first heard:
"'Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules"

Don't forget "You're still fucking peasants as far as I can see", from the same song.

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The run out groove.......Reversed is something rude.

Not sure on that one. I have heard so many variations of it (and tried my own at the time) that I'm not 100% convinced - but you never know.

I agree. Although people claimed it was "We'll fuck 'em like supermen" I always thought it was "Paul McCartney 's dad is Superman", although really it's just a load of nonsense. There's a thread about it here which contains a video with the groove played backwards and forwards.

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Last post for now. Here's a snippet from my article on I Am The Walrus . Warning: sexually explicit descriptions.

The eggman of the chorus, while possibly a reference to Carroll's Humpty Dumpty, was more likely The Animals' lead singer Eric Burdon following a particularly notable incident recounted to Lennon at a London party.

It may have been one of my more dubious distinctions, but I was the Eggman - or, as some of my pals called me, 'Eggs'.

The nickname stuck after a wild experience I'd had at the time with a Jamaican girlfriend called Sylvia. I was up early one morning cooking breakfast, naked except for my socks, and she slid up beside me and slipped an amyl nitrate capsule under my nose. As the fumes set my brain alight and I slid to the kitchen floor, she reached to the counter and grabbed an egg, which she cracked into the pit of my belly. The white and yellow of the egg ran down my naked front and Sylvia slipped my egg-bathed cock into her mouth and began to show me one Jamaican trick after another. I shared the story with John at a party at a Mayfair flat one night with a handful of blondes and a little Asian girl.

'Go on, go get it, Eggman,' Lennon laughed over the little round glasses perched on the end of his hook-like nose as we tried the all-too-willing girls on for size.

From the same article, this is quite interesting:

The BBC banned the song for the lines "pornographic priestess" and "let your knickers down". As Hunter Davies recorded, the lines were particularly admired by George Harrison :

Why can't you have people fucking as well? It's going on everywhere in the world, all the time. So why can't you mention it? It's just a word, made up by people... It doesn't mean a thing, so why can't we use it in a song? We will eventually. We haven't started yet.

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"Happiness Is A Warm Gun " the title itself as a double entendre + "When I feel my finger on your trigger"...

Lennon's entire "It's Hard" (it's hard, It's So Hard to get hard, sometimes I feel like going down,...) But maybe I'm reading too much into it (not).

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
"Happiness Is A Warm Gun " the title itself as a double entendre + "When I feel my finger on your trigger"...

Lennon's entire "It's Hard" (it's hard, It's So Hard to get hard, sometimes I feel like going down,...) But maybe I'm reading too much into it (not).

Another one is 'Going Down On Love' and also 'Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)' - "Oh yeah, It's So Hard to swallow when you're wrong." John knew what he was doing with these.

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Are some of us being too polite in this thread? Should we say what the words mean?

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Ahhh Girl said
Are some of us being too polite in this thread? Should we say what the words mean?

Depends how far and descriptive we go. There are some youngsters on here. Can Joe set age verification for the thread?

 

Would 'Polythene Pam ' count? John said in 1980

That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England's answer to Allen Ginsberg...I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn't wear jack boots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about."

And then there is Paul's 'Press' which is about having fun times with Linda with no one else about when the need arises.

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meanmistermustard said

Ahhh Girl said
Are some of us being too polite in this thread? Should we say what the words mean?

Depends how far and descriptive we go. There are some youngsters on here. Can Joe set age verification for the thread?

I think if you really need it private, you might be able to have a thread password protected.

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I wasnt being serious.

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meanmistermustard said
I wasnt being serious.

Do you think I was?

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Annadog40 said

meanmistermustard said
I wasnt being serious.

Do you think I was?

Thought it better to play it safe than have Joe spending three days implementing a password protected thread on the site.

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meanmistermustard said

And then there is Paul's 'Press' which is about having fun times with Linda with no one else about when the need arises.

Huh, where's Linda????

Fine video, but the song does nothing for me! a-hard-days-night-paul-7 How I wish I happen to be there when the shoot was happening, how cool would that be! paul-mccartney

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Joe said
What a great thread! Well done trcanberra.

[SNIP]

Thanks, and thanks all for the enthusiastic response; there have already been a few I hadn't considered in context before, Paul's Press being one of them.

It's kind of funny in a way as my parents used to hate some of the heavy metal albums I liked 'back in the day' (like Black Sabbath on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath yelling out "you bastards!") and yet here were the nice 'safe' Beatles being all sneaky about it - quite apart from the more explicit examples given in this thread.

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Ahhh Girl said
Are some of us being too polite in this thread? Should we say what the words mean?

I might have though so until that Eggman example from Joe 🙂

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