31 October 2014
One of the strangest phenomina in the Beatles' music to me is the song "Suzy Parker" or "Suzy's Parlour'. Obviously an ordinary Lennon 12 bar blues rock and rolling standard, yet so different and intense; puzzling as far as lyrics are concerned, concise yet powerfull. Again a basic source turned into a new musical expression. Again the Lennon genius. Again: The Beatles.
What strikes me most is that this jewel was created during the Twickenham sessions.
What is this song? Where does it come from? Is there any background anywhere? As far as I know, nobody mentioned it in any interview or documentary or whatsoever.
I know that Suzy Parker was some sort of model in the sixties.
But what do we know about its background?
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26 January 2017
I always assumed it was a cover, but it kind of has that Lennon craziness and silliness that shows up in Whats The New Mary Jane or Dig A Pony . I think it is a really good song.
Maybe this could have been a rock and roll song to add to a record earlier in their career, but this late in ends up as a complete throwaway. Its funny because it sticks out to me as a suberb 12 bar blues (not as good as For You Blue , perhaps that's why it was scrapped) as well as a great sixties lyricism. Had this been an actual song I could see "Suzy's Parlor" being used similarly "Go ask Alice" from White Rabbit. What exactly does it mean? Something to do with drugs or the Vietnam War? Maybe both?
That's how I see it. I actually came across this thread googling the song trying to see if it was another standard cover from the Let It Be rehearsals, only to find virtually no information on the song.
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"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"
-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues
"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"
-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl
17 December 2012
Suzy Parker was a famous American model of the '50s and early '60s, the first fashion model to earn $200 an hour and $100,000 a year.
She was a Muse to Richard Avedon who also photographed The Beatles.
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6 May 2018
The song was formally copyrighted as "Suzy Parker" with songwriting credit to all four Beatles.
There is some interesting information about the song at the following link:
It’s a great song! Funny, upbeat, tight. And a little raunchy, even, representing a section of Suzy Parker’s home as a den of iniquity where everybody’s not only welcome to come but they get well done, too.
Yet as spontaneous as was the group’s mood, it feels very difficult to consider this song a one-off, impromptu jam. It’s simply too tight, too good, even if it is boilerplate John Lennon 12-bar blues.
But "Suzy Parker" is not necessarily from January 1969 either. The Beatles are in sync to a degree that seems to belie a completely ad-libbed performance, when we have much sloppier performances of other ad-libbed and established songs from these sessions for comparison.
And despite an endless library of film, tape and interviews of the band existing for the entirety of their careers, the Beatles’ career still holds lovely pockets of mystery like this song.
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1 May 2011
It's a fabulous fun song of total nonsense but with plenty of great strong sexual inference.
Give me this over 'Teddy Boy ' any day.
"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)
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26 January 2017
14 December 2009
I don't like this too much, myself, mostly because of John's lead vocal - I'm not sure if he was trying to replicate a certain singer, or if he was maybe trying to sound hillbilly-ish or whatever...anyway, I just don't care for the result. But who cares, it's not as though any great thought was put into it. As far as we know.
One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
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