Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Why Don't We Do It In The Road?


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"Why Don't We Do It In The Road" is an album track from the Beatles' White Album. Short enough at 1:42 to almost be considered a song fragment, "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" is one of Paul McCartney's diverse contributions to the White Album along the lines of "Helter Skelter." Paul really pushes his vocals in a matter that rarely attempted, with another such example being "Monkberry Moon Delight" several years later.

Why Don't We Do It In The Road? paulmccartney.filminspector.com


Paul has this to say about "Why Don't We Do It In The Road," referencing his visit to India in 1968 to visit the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.:
I was up on the flat roof meditating and I'd seen a troupe of monkeys walking along in the jungle and a male just hopped on to the back of this female and gave her one, as they say in the vernacular. Within two or three seconds he hopped off again, and looked around as if to say, 'It wasn't me,' and she looked around as if there had been some mild disturbance but thought, Huh, I must have imagined it, and she wandered off. And I thought, bloody hell, that puts it all into a cocked hat, that's how simple the act of procreation is, this bloody monkey just hopping on and hopping off. There is an urge, they do it, and it's done with. And it's that simple. We have horrendous problems with it, and yet animals don't. So that was basically it. Why Don't We Do It In The Road? could have applied to [natural functions], to put it roughly. Why don't we do either of them in the road? Well, the answer is we're civilised and we don't. But the song was just to pose that question. Why Don't We Do It In The Road? was a primitive statement to do with sex or to do with freedom really. I like it, it'd just so outrageous that I like it.
Paul apparently came up with the idea for the song at the last minute during recording sessions for the White Album and dashed "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" off with Ringo Starr and without George Harrison or John Lennon. Feeling a bit defensive about this, Paul commented:
It wasn't a deliberate thing. John and George were tied up finishing something and me and Ringo were free, just hanging around, so I said to Ringo, 'Let's go and do this'... 
Anyway, he did the same with Revolution 9. He went off and made that without me. No one ever says that. John is the nice guy and I'm the [bad guy]. It gets repeated all the time.
Lennon, of course, recorded "The Ballad of John and Yoko" without Ringo and Harrison. So, this was more a sign of the gradual disintegration of the Beatles than an intentional slight.

Why Don't We Do It In The Road? paulmccartney.filminspector.com


Quite bluntly, "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" is one of the strangest of Paul's songs. He sometimes refers to it as a kind of joke - for example, when asked about his favorite songs, McCartney sometimes will throw "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" out just for a kind of a laugh. However, "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" really does have some merit and many listeners find it alternately amusing and a raw rocker. It has an almost hypnotic quality with its repetitive nature - kind of like the sex act itself. "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" is just another to add to McCartney's short list of songs that are not politically correct, which includes "Biker Like an Icon" and "Give Ireland Back to the Irish."


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