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Swearing in Beatles songs?
11 October 2019
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Oatis Lenndrix
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Hi guys

I'm new here and from the north of the UK (not Liverpool!). I've been a lifelong fan of the Beatles, my preferred era is post-touring 1966 when they advanced in the studio experiment phase- and left showbiz in their wake.

I'n their songs I've noticed three songs with swearing in- two apparently spontaneous and one ''hidden'' lyric-

Girl (Rubber Soul , 1965) -chorus of ''tit, tit, tit...''

A Day In The Life (Sgt. Pepper , 1967) - in the final playout chord, someone whispers ''sh*t''

Hey Jude (single, 1968) - Just before the 'Na-na-na' chorus erupts 3/4mins in, Paul (or John) utters ''F**kin' 'ell!''

Are there any others?

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“Christ, you know it ain’t easy” could possibly count from The Ballad Of John And Yoko .

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11 October 2019
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11 October 2019
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Here's 2 that are undeniable:

"What they need's a DAMN good whacking", Piggies

"Cheeky BITCH", Revolution 9

And here's some that are debatable:

"Sie Leibt DICK", Sie Liebt Dich (Spelled dich but The Beatles intentionally sung it as dick)

"Unless they try to play it too DARN fast", Rock And Roll Music (Not really a bad word but rather a substitution for a worse one)

"TURNS ME ON when i get lonely", She's A Woman (In this context, turn me on means gets him an erection)

"Crabalocker fishwife, PORNOGRAPHIC priestess, boy you've been a naughty girl you let your KNICKERS down", I Am The Walrus (Even once you realize that knickers isn't a racial slur, the whole line is still very sexual in nature and uses sexual words with a sexual context)

"You get NAKED", Revolution 9 (Not really a bad word but not the most appropriate one either)

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11 October 2019
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If we're counting the Star-Club tapes, John introduces "Shimmy Like Kate" as "Shitty Shitty" (and sings that lyric in place of "Shimmy Shimmy" a few times).  And Paul sings "...too much fuckin' feet" in "Your Feets Too Big"

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12 October 2019
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John’s solo songs and demos are a goldmine for this thread, haha.

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12 October 2019
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I believe there’s a couple F-bombs I’m Working Class Hero ...

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Timothy said
John’s solo songs and demos are a goldmine for this thread, haha.

  

George and Paul have also swore in solo numbers, not sure about Ringo.

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13 October 2019
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Does Fuh You count?

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Von Bontee said
If we're counting the Star-Club tapes, John introduces "Shimmy Like Kate" as "Shitty Shitty" (and sings that lyric in place of "Shimmy Shimmy" a few times).  And Paul sings "...too much fuckin' feet" in "Your Feets Too Big"

  

...and he also tells a noisy patron or two to "piss off".

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Dark Overlord said
... boy you've been a naughty girl you let your KNICKERS down", I Am The Walrus (Even once you realize that knickers isn't a racial slur...

  

I was reading this comment earlier and thought, how can anybody think 'knickers' is a racial slur - and then I realised you'd misheard the word.

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15 October 2019
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If that’s a swear you need to get your language under control, enough is enough already a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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vonbontee said

Von Bontee said

If we're counting the Star-Club tapes, John introduces "Shimmy Like Kate" as "Shitty Shitty" (and sings that lyric in place of "Shimmy Shimmy" a few times).  And Paul sings "...too much fuckin' feet" in "Your Feets Too Big"

  

...and he also tells a noisy patron or two to "piss off".

  

Well if Paul and George would insist on singing too...

17 October 2019
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Not really swearing, but Penny Lane 's Four of fish and finger pies is quite smutty.

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then there's she a big / prick teaser, she took me half the way there

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50yearslate said
I believe there’s a couple F-bombs I’m Working Class Hero ...

  

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And I Know there's a couple F-bombs in Working Class Hero

 

There's also a handful of F-Bombs in this Paul song

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