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Doris Day was mentioned on Dig It  paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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Did the Beatles ever use the metric system in their lyrics? Let's find out!
MILES: Hey Bulldog , Helter Skelter , I'm Only Sleeping
CUP: Doctor Robert , Across The Universe , A Day In The Life
YARD: Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
STONE: Dig It
POUNDS: Maggie Mae
HOGSHEAD: Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
FEET: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away , Come Together , Good Day Sunshine , Lady Madonna , Taxman , I'll Cry Instead , Help
METER: Lovely Rita Meter Maid

Looks like the imperial system is the "measurable" winner here. And this doesn't even include all the American covers:
Johnny B. Goode ("many people coming from miles around")
Memphis, Tennessee ("half a mile from the Mississippi Bridge")
Rock And Roll Music ("they're drinking home brew from a wooden cup")
Hallelujah, I Love Her So ("she brings me coffee in my favorite cup")
A Shot of Rhythm and Blues ("feet start movin' around")
Honey Don't ("you got that sand all over your feet")

The only song that even comes close is Revolution 9 . At about 3:52, you can hear someone say "telegram." Maybe they were talking about very a small measure of mass being sent over the wires.

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I would guess they would mostly use the imperial system as that what was (and still is in a lot of cases) still used in the UK 🙂 

Some of the example you cite aren't using units of measurements though? Maybe Im being picky? 🙂

"Meter" as in "Meter Maid" refers to a parking meter, not the unit of length. Cups and feet in the American covers are referring to physical objects (actual feet and cups of tea), not measurements. Yard in Ob-la-di-ob-la-da is referring to a yard behind a house, not the length etc.

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It's all in good fun - yes, some kids running in a yard isn't imperial, but it mentions a word that is imperial. 

Besides, it's much funnier this way, imo

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Do people in the UK use the word "garden" for what people in the US call a "yard"? I think I've heard it used that way. Are Desmond and Molly American?

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Ahhh Girl said
Do people in the UK use the word "garden" for what people in the US call a "yard"? I think I've heard it used that way. 

I think so, in many cases. Desmond and Molly were, like, Jamaican or something, though. mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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Ahhh Girl said
Do people in the UK use the word "garden" for what people in the US call a "yard"? I think I've heard it used that way. Are Desmond and Molly American?  

@Ahhh Girl: In answer to your first question,Yes paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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Backyard, or just yard, is used for small areas, usually paved, found at the back of terrace houses.

Here is an example from soap opera Coronation Street:

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The yard was usually where the outside toilet was located.

Molly and Desmond are, indeed, Jamaican, and there the term "yard" referred to the shared grounds of tenement buildings - which were usually four-sided with a communal area enclosed by the square of the building. These are referred to in Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry when he sings:

'Cause I remember when a we used to sit
In a government yard in Trenchtown

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How do we know they are Jamaican?

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I really don't think that Doctor Robert counts. 

"Take a drink from his special cup."

Cup isn't referring to eight ounces here. Cup is referring to a container you drink out of.

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Ahhh Girl said
How do we know they are Jamaican?  

^ Good question. Though the music has certain caribbean feel i'm not so sure that the main characters are from Jamaica.

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I grew up in Manchester (home of Coronation Street!) and lots of houses there have yards like Ron says. We had a garden because we had grass, but my mate who lived in a terraced house had a paved yard with an outside toilet.

The first house me and my husband lived in had a communal cobbled yard with washing lines strung everywhere 🙂

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When you think of Desmond and Molly"s children playing in the yard, do you think of a big, grassy, fenced yard or a paved area?

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A big, grassy, fenced yard because that's what is the norm in Australia (to have a really big backyard with grass). I think it more depends on what the listener grew up with, imo.

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Ahhh Girl said
When you think of Desmond and Molly"s children playing in the yard, do you think of a big, grassy, fenced yard or a paved area?  

I think of a yard like the picture @Ron Nasty posted above. That sort of yard is pretty common in Liverpool, especially in areas like Wavertree (where George grew up) and Penny Lane and the surrounding streets. I know Paul wrote this song and his childhood homes all had gardens (with grass!), but he would definitely be familiar with the sort of paved yards like Ron's pictures. He probably would have been pretty familiar with Coronation Street as it was on tv during the 60s and at that time there were only 3 channels in the UK (as far as I know, I wasn't alive then, but when I was a small child in the early 80s there were only 3 channels and ITV was the newest of them - and it had been broadcasting Corrie since 1960) so not a lot of choice about what to watch!

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Ahhh Girl said
Yard
https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....156635  

That is much nicer than what I picture for a yard! 🙂

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[Image Can Not Be Found]Houses with yards <-------- This is what I think of when I think of a yard. These sort of houses are extremely common in Liverpool (although I think the photo is houses in Cheshire, not too far from Liverpool). Those wee buildings in each yard would have originally had the outside toilet in them as indoor toilets weren't common when the terraced housing was built.

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It is hard for me to imagine Desmond and Molly's kids running in a yard like that.

If you do a Google image search for kids running in the yard, you get https://www.google.com/search?.....38;bih=521

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