Song of the Day #549: Abbey Road medley – The Beatles

For my final Beatles song, or at least my final Beatles Weekend song, I’m going with not a single track but the medley that closes side two of Abbey Road. Technically, this medley probably begins with ‘Sun King’ or even ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ — I don’t know if the band members ever clarified which songs are officially part of it — but this YouTube clip I found starts with ‘Mean Mr. Mustard.’

This is an odd little group of songs. It starts with sketches of Mr. Mustard and Polythene Pam, an interesting brother and sister team… he shouts obscenities at the queen while she dresses in drag.

The comes ‘She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,’ which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense at all but still spurned a hit version by Joe Cocker. ‘Golden Slumbers’ is a passionate lullaby that segues into ‘Carry That Weight,’ an anthemic track that features all four Beatles singing in unison.

They carry that spirit into the final track, ‘The End,’ which is a showcase for each of the band’s members. ‘The End’ contains Ringo Starr’s only drum solo in the whole Beatles catalog, and that’s followed by the three guitarists trading measures, each in their own style, before Paul’s final line, which serves as a nice summation of the The Beatles existence: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

Mean Mr. Mustard sleeps in the park
Shaves in the dark trying to save paper
Sleeps in a hole in the road
Saving up to buy some clothes
Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose
Such a mean old man
Such a mean old man

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
Such a dirty old man
Such a dirty old man

Well you should see Polythene Pam
She’s so good-looking but she looks like a man
Well you should see her in drag dressed in her polythene bag
Yes you should see Polythene Pam
Yeah yeah yeah

Get a dose of her in jackboots and kilt
She’s killer-diller when she’s Jacked to the Hilt
She’s the kind of a girl that makes the “News of the World”
Yes you could say she was attractively built
Yeah yeah yeah

We’ll listen to that now. He he he. Oh, look out!
(Linda Eastman)

She came in through the bathroom window
Protected by a silver spoon
But now she sucks her thumb and wanders
By the banks of her own lagoon

Didn’t anybody tell her?
Didn’t anybody see?
Sunday’s on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday’s on the phone to me

She said she’d always been a dancer
She worked at 15 clubs a day
And though she thought I knew the answer
Well I knew but I could not say.

And so I quit the police department
And got myself a steady job
And though she tried her best to help me
She could steal but she could not rob.

Didn’t anybody tell her?
Didn’t anybody see?
Sunday’s on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday’s on the phone to me
Oh yeah.

Once there was a way to get back homeward
Once there was a way to get back home
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles await you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Once there was a way to get back homeward
Once there was a way to get back home
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Boy, you gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitation
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down

Boy, you gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time
Boy, you gonna carry that weight
Carry that weight a long time

Oh yeah, all right
Are you going to be in my dreams
Tonight?

Love You…

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make.

One thought on “Song of the Day #549: Abbey Road medley – The Beatles

  1. Dana says:

    A fitting way to end Beatles themed weekends.

    The medley absoutely begins with “You Never Give Me Your Money,” but maybe you felt 16 minutes of music would try the patence of your SOTD follower:)

    While I really love all of the songs in the medley, I have a particular fondness for “She Came In Throuhg the Bathroom Window.” I’m not sure if I first heard the Beatles do this or Cocker, but I really love both versions. “Golden Slumbers” comes in a close second for me….just a beautiful song.

    Anyway, let the Willie Nelson theme weeks begin….

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