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15 May 2021
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William Shears Campbell said

sir walter raleigh said

I always thought it was a fish with a  separate finger pie. I never thought that the fish could be part of the pie. 

  

I read somewhere that fish and finger pie was a naughty reference.

  

Yeah. It was a Liverpool term of phrase for something I’m not typing on here.

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Billy Rhythm said
While I haven’t “come across anything documented on this question”, I have a theory for what it’s worth.  Straight up, I’m pretty sure that it’s John singing “… in summer” when I hear it, and as to why Paul dropped out in that bit?  It’s pretty obvious to me (watch the ‘Penny Lane ‘ promo film) that Paul had a hard time keeping a straight face after the “Four of Fish and Finger Pies” line that preceeds it.  I’ll give you a clue in that “Four of Fish” likely means “Four Young Ladies” and I’ll leave you to decipher “Finger Pies” for yourself, very clever wording for there is indeed a Bakery on Penny Lane so the BBC didn’t quite catch the drift, a private joke amongst themselves, no?…:-)

  

Until 5 minutes ago, all my life I thought “fish and finger pies” was simply a reference to some English snack: say, fried fish and little tarts shaped like elongated fingers.

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Wigwam said
Well spotted.

It’s John.

The inter-play between them works musically and perhaps ‘dramatically’ performance wise. 

 

I’m always learning something new on here.

  

I’m not sure if someone else came up with my theory (not sure I want to read through 5 pages to verify):  Perhaps originally Paul had no singing for that little spot currently occupied by “in summer…” — he only had John’s line “four of fish and finger pies…” then a couple seconds of pure instrumentation picked up by “…meanwhile back”.  During a later tracking, they realized the gap needed filling in, and John said, “How about singing “in summer” right there?”  And Paul said “Sounds good — why don’t you sing it?  We’ll just patch you in.”

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