The Beatles -- ‘Girl’

Girl (2.34)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Acoustic guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

This was supposed to be a rather high and mighty knock on the church, because John’s “pain will lead to pleasure” line was about “the Catholic/Christian concept – be tortured and then it’ll be alright. I was trying to say something about Christianity, which I was opposed to at the time.”

He spoke about it in his 1970 interview for ‘Rolling Stone’: “One of the reviews of ‘In His Own Write’ was that they tried to put me in this satire boom with Peter Cook and all those people that came out of Cambridge, saying, ‘He’s just satirizing the normal things like the church and the state,’ which is what I did in ‘In His Own Write’. Those are the things that you keep satirizing because they’re the only things. I was pretty heavy on the church in both books but it was never picked up …

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