She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

As the Beatles gathered for the tension-filled Get Back (later Let It Be) sessions in January 1969, they began work on the track. Anthology 3 and numerous bootlegs illustrate how “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” started life as a slower, bluesier song. Listening to the Twickenham Studio recordings, it is evident that the Beatles struggled with the tune, attempting to integrate guitar and establish the tempo. Typical of the Get Back sessions, the group would lessen frustration by joking around, intentionally singing words in cartoonish ways. As has been well documented, the Beatles soon shelved this material and focused on recording their final studio album, Abbey Road.
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

“She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” dates back to the Get Back sessions, when McCartney brought the song to the band in January 1969. According to several sources, the story stems from an incident regarding fans breaking into McCartney’s home. A group of women informally dubbed “Apple Scruffs” by Harrison would congregate outside the Beatles’ homes, Abbey Road Studios, and Apple headquarters, hoping to catch a glimpse of their idols. Most of these fans were benign — some were invited into the Beatles’ homes, while two were even recruited to sing backup on a version of “Across the Universe.”
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

So heres my inturpatation of this song. Im 18 and this is all based on my own real life expierences. She came in through the bathroom window- This happed to paul one night and the events to follow is the rest of the songProtected by a silver spoon- well what kind of spoons are silver? The kind you smoke out of. My guess is she hopped in and busted out her pipe and paul let her stay and chatBut now she sucks her thumb and wandersBy the banks of her own lagoon- But she screwed up on something in small talk because shes sucking her thumb and wandering. Didn’t anybody tell her?Didn’t anybody see?Sunday’s on the phone to Monday,Tuesday’s on the phone to me- This choris is very strait foward, Sunday, when paul tried to return a call to further a relationship, something unplanned happend, she messed up, and no one told her. Normally if sundays phone call is retured or another form of contact happens on monday following a interaction on sunday, tuesdays on the phone leads to me or in this case paul. She said she’d always been a dancerShe worked at 15 clubs a day- This is strait foward shes a dancing girl and shes been around, thats fine and perfectly acceptable but going back to what was stated before sundays on the phone to monday and tuesdays on the phone to me. Paul does not give it out that easy. And though she thought I knew the answerWell I knew but I could not say.- The girl thought he had the answere to everything. She thinks from the way he runs his life hes got the answere, well paul says yeah he knows but given the situation he can’t tell her.. yet!.. And so I quit the police departmentAnd got myself a steady job- So having the answere, paul decides to give up his job at the instauition for greener pastures. Something like food services.And though she tried her best to help meShe could steal but she could not rob- This girl being very invested and out to get the prize. She continued to see paul and help him adjust. And the last line is just to reassure the listener she could steal his heart but she could not just come in and rob. and then finally.. Didn’t anybody tell her?Didn’t anybody see?Sunday’s on the phone to Monday,Tuesday’s on the phone to meOh yeah.a song writer plays with lyrics, just to make the listener more suprisedone love!Alex – Exeter, Nh
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

According to Carol Bedford, author of “Waiting for the Beatles: An Apple Scruff’s Story”, several girls broke into Paul’s house using a ladder, and they got in through an upstairs bathroom window. In the book, she notes that “Di” (giving no last name) was the first one into the house, and that it was Di who let the others in. They made off with some clothes and photographs. Paul later approached some of the girls he knew and asked for the photographs back, although he told them they could keep the clothes. He reportedly told several of them that he’d written a song inspired by the event, and it was “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”, but no doubt there are plenty of other influences in the song, as well.Bonni – Melbourne, Australia
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

McCartney said the song was inspired by Apple scruffs (dedicated fans who hung around outside the Abbey Road studio, the Apple Corps offices, and the individual homes of the Beatles), who broke into McCartney’s St John’s Wood home. Diane Ashley says: “We were bored, he was out and so we decided to pay him a visit. We found a ladder in his garden and stuck it up at the bathroom window which he’d left slightly open. I was the one who climbed up and got in.” She then opened the front door to let the others in. The scruffs also stole a number of photographs in addition to clothes. Another Apple scruff, Margo Bird, remembers being good friends with McCartney—she would often take his dog for walks—and later got a job at Apple Corps. She says that she was asked to retrieve a photograph of his father Jim, which she did.
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

Not surprisingly, “Polythene Pam” and “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” were recorded together. On July 25, 1969, they recorded 39 takes of the basic track at Abbey Road Studios. McCartney played bass, Lennon strummed 12-string acoustic rhythm guitar, Harrison assumed lead guitar, and Starr played drums. At first Lennon and McCartney recorded guide vocals; later that day they added lead vocals and rerecorded the drum and bass parts. Three days later, they returned to the track, laying down a variety of overdubs; according to the Beatles Bible, these additions included more vocals, electric and acoustic guitar parts, more percussion, and electric as well as acoustic piano.
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

+2 General CommentI didn’t know about the break-in until I read it here, but I’d always vaguely imagined that it was about a girl from a privileged background (“protected by a silver spoon” – ‘born with a silver spoon in your mouth’), but who was playing at being bohemian. I have an image of a girl with blonde hair climbing through a window to see her lover. She had abandoned her wealthy parents’ hopes for her and was working as a dancer in clubs or the stage, even though she didn’t have to, unlike the other girls, and still had the comfort of knowing she could go back to her parents. The lines “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”, well, obviously a policeman is a steady job if ever there was one, so I took it ironically to mean he turned to crime as it paid better, ‘steady’ in that sense. And then I thought maybe the girl was a bit useless at robbing, and the line “she could steal but she could not rob” I imagined might be about how the middle/upper classes that she comes from “steal” from the working class by taking advantage of them, but are unprepared to actually go out robbing houses. But that was just my imagination, I don’t know what they were thinking of when they wrote it! The burglary at Paul’s house makes a bit more sense of the context, but the last verse is still a bit of nonsensical fantasy, I think. I love this song. luciemabelleon June 25, 2008 Link 1 Reply Log in to reply There was an error. @luciemabelle 0 I think Paul admitted the song was inspired by a fan (or fans) braking into his house, but this does not actually explain the meaning of the whole song. The song definitely needs more interpretation (because most of it obviously came from his imagination, and because of the way it’s written). And I love your interpretation, thank you! I understood the line “And so I quit the police department” a little differently, though. I thought that the man could not stay a policeman knowing things about the woman he now lives with (who doesn’t rob, but does other illegal things, could be drugs for example). Flag NarnianSunriseon August 22, 2011
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Beatles

General CommentI didn’t know about the break-in until I read it here, but I’d always vaguely imagined that it was about a girl from a privileged background (“protected by a silver spoon” – ‘born with a silver spoon in your mouth’), but who was playing at being bohemian. I have an image of a girl with blonde hair climbing through a window to see her lover. She had abandoned her wealthy parents’ hopes for her and was working as a dancer in clubs or the stage, even though she didn’t have to, unlike the other girls, and still had the comfort of knowing she could go back to her parents. The lines “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”, well, obviously a policeman is a steady job if ever there was one, so I took it ironically to mean he turned to crime as it paid better, ‘steady’ in that sense. And then I thought maybe the girl was a bit useless at robbing, and the line “she could steal but she could not rob” I imagined might be about how the middle/upper classes that she comes from “steal” from the working class by taking advantage of them, but are unprepared to actually go out robbing houses. But that was just my imagination, I don’t know what they were thinking of when they wrote it! The burglary at Paul’s house makes a bit more sense of the context, but the last verse is still a bit of nonsensical fantasy, I think. I love this song. luciemabelleon June 25, 2008 Link 1 Reply Log in to reply There was an error. @luciemabelle 0 I think Paul admitted the song was inspired by a fan (or fans) braking into his house, but this does not actually explain the meaning of the whole song. The song definitely needs more interpretation (because most of it obviously came from his imagination, and because of the way it’s written). And I love your interpretation, thank you! I understood the line “And so I quit the police department” a little differently, though. I thought that the man could not stay a policeman knowing things about the woman he now lives with (who doesn’t rob, but does other illegal things, could be drugs for example). Flag NarnianSunriseon August 22, 2011