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Old 06-12-2005, 08:36 PM   #1
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Beatles lyrics that play on gender

I just started listening to The Beatles a couple of years ago, and I kept noticing gender-bending lyrics. Here's a list of the ones I can think of now. Anyone else find this amusing?


"Well you should see Polythene Pam
She’s so goodlooking but she looks like a man."
- Polythene Pam

"And the bag across her shoulder
made her look a little like a military man"
- Lovely Rita

"Molly lets the children lend a hand
Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face
And in the evening she's a singer in the band"
- Ob-La-Di,Ob-La-Da

"Boy you been a naughty girl"
- I Am the Walrus

"Baby You're a Rich Man"

"Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman
But she was another man"
- Get Back

"Well, I talk about boys,
Don't ya know I mean boys,
Well, I talk about boys, now,
Aaahhh, boys,
Well, I talk about boys, now,
What a bundle of joy!"
- Boys


Plus, I have to mention another lyric that I find hilarious. Although John is more famous for bizarre lyrics, Paul came up with crazy stuff too. From "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", we get the following gem:
"I had a cup of tea and butter pie
the butter wouldn't melt so i put it in the pie"
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:40 PM   #2
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You're right. Didn't really notice this till now.
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Old 06-12-2005, 11:45 PM   #3
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:54 AM   #4
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I brought this up on the Beatles Forum I am on for kicks
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As far as Ob-la-di Ob-la-da is concerned, that was actually a mistake on McCartney's part. According to a book I have called "A Hard Day's Write", McCartney was supposed to say Molly (rather than Desmond) "stayed at home and did her pretty face". The other Beatles liked the slip so it was kept in the final version of the song.
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