Song of the Day #4,937: ‘Lady Madonna’ – The Beatles

Is there a band in music history with a better batting average than The Beatles? The Fab Four recorded under 200 songs (excluding covers) during their eight year career and you’d be hard-pressed to find 20 worth skipping on an extended playlist.

1968 B-side ‘The Inner Light,’ penned by George Harrison, might be among the throwaways, but its A-side, ‘Lady Madonna,’ certainly isn’t. This straightforward rocker was a return to the band’s roots after the Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour detours into psychedelia.

Watching the recent Get Back documentary, and seeing several performances by a Beatles cover band on a recent cruise, has me in the mood to spend more time with the band.

I did Beatles Weekends for four and a half months in 2009-2010, and between that and assorted other posts over the years, I’ve posted 85 of their songs already.

Granted, some of those are repeats in the form of live versions or alternate takes, but factoring those out, I’ve still featured between a third and half of their recorded output.

Maybe sometime soon I’ll highlight my favorite ten or 20 Beatles songs I haven’t featured yet. Given that batting average, those are sure to be absolute bangers.

[Verse 1: Paul McCartney]
Lady Madonna, children at your feet
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet
Who finds the money when you pay the rent?
Did you think that money was heaven sent?

[Bridge 1: Paul McCartney]
Friday night arrives without a suitcase
Sunday morning creeping like a nun
Monday’s child has learned to tie his bootlace
See how they run

[Verse 2: Paul McCartney]
Lady Madonna, baby at your breast
Wonders how you manage to feed the rest

[Bridge 2: Paul McCartney, John Lennon & George Harrison]
[Tenor Saxophone Solo: Ronnie Scott]
See how they run

[Verse 3: Paul McCartney]
Lady Madonna, lying on the bed
Listen to the music playing in your head

[Bridge 3: Paul McCartney]
Tuesday afternoon is never ending
Wednesday morning papers didn’t come
Thursday night your stockings needed mending
See how they run

[Verse 4: Paul McCartney]
Lady Madonna, children at your feet
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,937: ‘Lady Madonna’ – The Beatles

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I am not as familiar with this version of the song with the more prominent saxophone solo. I think I like the muted sax version a bit more.

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