The Beatles -- ‘Mean Mr Mustard’

Mean Mr. Mustard (1.06)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, lead guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar, piano; George Harrison: Lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine;

This was recorded at the same time as ‘Sun King’ (they were actually recorded straight the way through as a single piece).

It was one of a couple of songs on Abbey Road which was thought to contain drug references, because the bit where he says “keeps a ten-bob note up his nose” was supposed to be about snorting cocaine.

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Demo Mean Mr. Mustard (1.58)

  • Credit: Lennon / McCartney
  • Main composer: John
  • ‘Anthology 3’ album First released in UK:
    Anthology 3 album – 28 Oct ’96
    ‘Anthology 3’ album First released in USA:
    Anthology 3 album – 29 Oct ’96
  • Publisher: Northern Songs Ltd.

In the Kinfaun demo John calls the sister Shirley, but he later changed it to Pam so it would segue into the next song on the album – ‘Polythene Pam’.

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