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Sunday, 17 October 2021

Which four Beatles songs mention Queen Elizabeth II?

The Beatles with Princess Margaret.
Paul McCartney has often expressed his admiration for the Queen, who came to power five years before he joined The Quarrymen.
“We all kind of liked the Queen. It’s an age thing. We were kids when she was crowned, so to us she was like a glamorous film star. We identified with her. She’s ours. She’s the Queen.” Interview with the Radio Times, September 2019
There are  four Beatles tracks which directly refer to Queen Elizabeth II: Penny Lane, For You Blue, Mean Mr Mustard and Her Majesty. In Mean Mr Mustard John drags the monarch into a dysfunctional family dynamic:
His sister Pam works in a shop
She never stops, she’s a go-getter
Takes him out to look at the Queen
Only place that he’s ever been
Always shouts out something obscene
While only a long puff on the peace pipe can explain the intro to George Harrison’s For You Blue on Let it Be:
The Queen says no to pot-smoking FBI members.
In contrast, the two McCartney lyrics Penny Lane and Her Majesty are  affectionate and playful. In the former, a homage to his childhood, there is famously a ‘fireman with an hour glass’ carrying ‘a portrait of the Queen’ in his pocket.
Her Majesty opens less reverentially:
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl,
But she doesn’t have a lot to say
But adoration soon wins through:
I want to tell her that I love her a lot.


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