May 23, 2005

Musical Meanings Monday

You know I couldn’t have gone on too long with this game without hitting a Beatles song. Here’s a tough one to chew on.

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (excerpt)
The Beatles

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.

I know what some of you are thinking. A lot of songs sound like nonsense. I could actually throw up a bunch of random words here, and while there would be no meaning in the choice of the words (other than some random algorithm run on a dictionary) the words might still evoke some sort of meaning to you.

So, if you despair of the author having any motivation at all to create a song with meaning, then simply give me what it has meant to you.

If you have some special insight into what McCartney was thinking, that’s great, too.

Posted by James at May 23, 2005 9:06 AM
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Okay, what the heck. I'll give it a try.

"She came in through the bathroom window"
He's hallucinating.

"Protected by a silver spoon."
I'll say she freebases drugs, although James' interpretation was that she's rich, which could also be the case. I'm going with the drugs here, though.

"But now she sucks her thumb and wanders by the banks of her own lagoon."
Her brain is fried.

"Didn't anybody tell her, didn't anybody see?"
That she shouldn't do drugs.

"Sundays on the phone to Monday, Tuesdays on the phone to me."
I'm going to say she's trying to get somebody to buy her drugs, and he's her last resort.

"She said she'd always been a dancer...would not say."
You can't work fifteen clubs a day as a dancer. Dancer is often a euphemism for prostitute, but still, fifteen clubs? I think it's a flashback to when they met and she came through the bathroom window and he was on hallucinogens. He heard her wrong, and that's why he knew but would not say. Their conversation made sense but it didn't, because of the drugs.

"And so I quit the police department...rob"
The Beatles never liked the police very much. He needed to find a way to support her and her drug habit, and she was no help. Rob happens to rhyme with job, in case you didn't notice.

And that's my interpretation. Oh yeah.

Posted by: Maggie at May 23, 2005 10:46 AM

Ya know what? It's so much fun, I'm going to do another.

She was breaking into his house but her rich parents helped her beat the rap. She's a pathological liar who steals for fun.

Haven't we all known someone exactly like that at some time in our lives? ;-)

Posted by: Maggie at May 23, 2005 10:52 AM

I think the druge interpretation makes more sense, although:

"She came in through the bathroom window, protected by a silver spoon" almost sounds like she's slumming. I mean, she's condescending to hang out in a metaphorical bathroom even though she's got rich parents.

Posted by: James at May 23, 2005 1:19 PM

I've never had a clue about this song. Your interpretations are more entertaining than the official song background which also appears a couple of books I own including "A Hard Day's Write":

Posted by: Mike at May 23, 2005 2:41 PM

Wow. I think that if it was a real event, our metaphorical interpretations are more fun.

Posted by: James at May 23, 2005 3:59 PM

Yeah. I've never known what to make of this song. Drugs seem a better rationale than anything else.

Posted by: briwei at May 23, 2005 6:53 PM

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