The Beatles -- ‘Polythene Pam’

Polythene Pam (1.13)

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

This was based on a girl called Pat Dawson (some sources say Pat Hodgett) who came to see them playing at The Cavern. Apparently she used to eat a lot of plastic and had the nickname Polythene Pat. “I used to tie it in knots and eat it,” she explained. “Sometimes I even burnt it and ate it when it got cold. Then I had a friend who got a job in a polythene-bag factory which was wonderful, because it meant that I had a constant supply.”

The bit about dressing-up referred to a girl classed Stephanie that John met in 1963. She was going out with the English beat-poet Royston Ellis at the time, and when they went back to his flat she dressed up in a polythene suit. They never had sex or anything like that, but it stuck in John’s head for nine years until ‘Abbey Road’ came out. …

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Demo Polythene Pam (1.26)

  • 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.
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