Tuesday, March 13, 2012

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window


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You just don't get better rock music than Side Two of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album, and "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" is a key part of the medley that dominates the album. While not a Beatles single, "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" is instantly recognizable by any casual Beatles fan as one of their most vibrant and fun songs. The lines in the song - "she came in through the bathroom window," "protected by a silver spoon," "Sunday's on the phone to Monday," "she could steal but she could not rob," in fact almost every line of the song - are instantly recognizable as Beatles phrases. That's not bad for what many might (wrongly) consider as album filler and a throwaway song.

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Paul had a house on Cavendish Avenue in London, and one day some over-aggressive fans (not the ones that habitually camped out across the street) decided to get a little closer to their idol. Incidentally, the "usuals" were quite respectful and referred to themselves as "Apple Scruffs," but another group had fewer scruples. Anyway, the "bad" Apple Scruffs went into Paul's garden, grabbed a ladder he had there, and climbed into his bedroom. We don't have to hypothesize about this - the fans were glad to tell their story, such as Diane Ashley in "A Hard Day's Write" by Steve Turner:
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.
They apparently stole some stuff, such as a picture of Paul's father (which McCartney later got back due to the intercession of the "good" Apple Scruffs).

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Paul's neighbors called him to warn him of what was happening (apparently he was off somewhere). In addition, a cab driver in New York had the last name "quits" on his NYPD permit hanging in his cab, and Paul had his guitar handy and strummed up another stanza of the song. Anyway, all of these personal experiences made their way into "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window."

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Paul played lead guitar on this track for some reason, evidenced by a slightly more rigid style than Harrison and Lennon. McCartney wrote it in New York while forming Apple Corps with the other Beatles. "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" bears resemblances to some other seemingly "biographical" songs that Paul likes to write about wayward girls, such as "She's Leaving Home" and "Polythene Pam," the latter of which was recorded on the same day as "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" - 25 July 1969. As a sign of his increasing perfectionism which was annoying the other Beatles, Paul required 39 takes to complete "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window," which contrasts with the one or two takes that earlier classics required. By 30 July 1969, the song was completed and ready to become another classic on "Abbey Road."

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As with some of the Beatles' songs, such as Elton John taking his version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" to No. 1, other artists had great success with "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window." Joe Cocker, for instance, had a classic version which reached No. 30 on the Billboard singles chart in 1970, while Ike and Tina Turner and the Bee Gees also recorded version.




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 what 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

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