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The Beatles: Double Meaning

John Lennon of the Beatles is very witty; he is responsible for the name The Beatles itself. The Beatles is somewhat a double meaning pun which can mean the bug, or the rhythmic “beat” used in music. As the Beatles’ song writing prowess improves, they have also added double meaning to their songs, not counting the drug references.

John Lennon of the Beatles is very witty; he is responsible for the name The Beatles itself. The Beatles is somewhat a double meaning pun which can mean the bug, or the rhythmic “beat” used in music. As the Beatles’ song writing prowess improves, they have also added double meaning to their songs, not counting the drug references.

I Saw Her Standing There

Album: Please Please Me

This Beatles track has been mentioned many times, the first lyric “Well She was just Seventeen, and you know what I mean” We really do not know what Paul McCartney really meant by this line.

Ticket to Ride

Album: Help!

Ticket to Ride has a very catchy intro, and featured a studio gimmick the outro, with the lyrics: “My Baby Don’t Care”, although some hear it humorously as “My Baby Donkey”. This is not the main double meaning used by the Beatles though, “Ticket to Ride” actually means the health certificates prostitutes get at Hamburg, Germany while the Beatles were doing gigs there.  

 

Drive my Car

Album: Rubber Soul

Ride and Drive mean the same thing in slang, “to have sexual intercourse”. The Beatles added seemingly add innocent words to their songs but in reality they used this to attract a different audience for their pop music. Drive my Car still remains to be one of the catchiest tunes of The Beatles. Sometimes the lyric “working for peanuts” is misheard as “working for penis”.

Norwegian Wood

Album: Rubber Soul

Norwegian Wood was the beginning of such explicit statements by the Beatles, “this bird has flown”. Norwegian Wood was a song by John Lennon which he wrote about an affair which he wouldn’t want her then wife, Cynthia Lennon to know about.

Girl

Album: Rubber Soul

Girl is a very lovely song. It has a very different atmosphere compared to the Beatles’ earlier love songs. It was filled with melancholy and very complex. The backing vocals were inspired by the Beach Boys, like Back in the USSR. The Beatles either sang “dit” or “tit” depending on how you hear it. George Martin recalled during the record whether which word was used while the Beatles were laughing so hard.

Day Tripper

Album: Single

Day Tripper is a guitar riff based song; it is one of the Beatles most recognisable guitar tunes. Day Tripper is very explicit in meaning; it was about a “one night stand” with a prostitute.

Penny Lane 

Album: Magical Mystery Tour/Single

Penny Lane is a very complex song with a very unique chord progression and trumpet overdubs. “Finger Pie” is a sexual slang used by the Beatles it apparently meant fingering.

Lovely Rita

Album: Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Lovely Rita, is a song by Paul McCartney found in the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The lyrics contain “Give me a wink and make me think of you”. It can mean many things but probably about fantasising.

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Comments (4)

Great insights, thanks for posting.

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Glad you enjoyed the read.

Lovely explanations for music. Thank you Gerard. In your support.

Four guys writing songs with hidden sexual messages - too funny.

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