Sexy Sadie (song)
Name = Sexy Sadie
22 November 1968
track_no = 5 of disc 2
Abbey Road Studios
19 July 1968
Genre = Rock
Length = 3:17
Tracks = Side one
Back in the U.S.S.R."
Wild Honey Pie"
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Happiness Is a Warm Gun"Side two
Martha My Dear"
I'm So Tired"
Don't Pass Me By"
Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
Mother Nature's Son"
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
Long, Long, Long"Side four
- "Revolution 1""Sexy Sadie" is the name of a song by
Cry Baby Cry"
The Beatles, written by John Lennonin India and credited to Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Originally titled "Maharishi", the Beatles changed the title to "Sexy Sadie" to avoid the potential for litigation as the song's lyrics portray the
Maharishi Mahesh Yogiin a less than favourable light. Lennon was disillusioned after the Maharishi had allegedly made a pass (sexual advance) at one of the female members of their entourage, though in later years George and Paul endeavored to set the record straight. [According to several authors, (Peter Brown and Steven Gaines, "The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles", New American Library: 2002, p.264, "By the end of the tenth [week, Alex was bent on undermining the Maharishi's influence. . . . Cynthia, for one, didn't believe a word of [the accusations] . She had long ago become acquainted with Alex's jealousy over anyone who had John's attention, and she didn't doubt that Alex would lie to destroy the Maharishi's hold."; Miles, Barry, "Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now" (Holt: 1998), p. 429; Spitz, Bob, "The Beatles: The Biography", Little, Borwn: 2005, pp. 755-757; Cynthia Lennon, "A Twist of Lennon", Avon: 1978, pp. 174-176) Alexis Mardas deliberately engineered these rumors because he was bent on undermining the Maharishi's influence on the Beatles. George Harrison's statement, "Now, historically, there's the story that something went on that shouldn't have done—but nothing did,"The Beatles Anthology, Chronicle Books, 2000, pp. 285-86 is supported by comments made by Sir Paul McCartneyin his approved biography.Miles, Barry, "Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now" (Holt: 1998), p. 429, "it was Magic Alex who made the original accusation and I think it was completely untrue." ] Lennon once said of the song: "That was inspired by Maharishi. I wrote it when we had our bags packed and were leaving. It was the last piece I wrote before I left India. I just called him, 'Sexy Sadie,' instead of (sings) 'Maharishi what have you done, you made a fool...' I was just using the situation to write a song, rather calculatingly but also to express what I felt. I was leaving the Maharishi with a bad taste. You know, it seems that my partings are always not as nice as I'd like them to be." [cite book
title="All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono"
After returning from India John scratched the lyrics into a piece of wood, with the original title "Maharishi". The recorded version changed only after George insisted that if the song was used he wanted the name changed and persuaded John to change the title to Sexy Sadie. George recounts the event in the directors cut, from the anthology film.
Derek Taylorremembered John fiddling about scratching the wood in the Apple offices. The wood ended up in the possession of Maureen Starkeyand was ultimately sold to a Beatles collector.
In a 1969 interview, John Lennon stated one of his favourite songs was "
I've Been Good To You" by Smokey Robinson& The Miracles. The Miracles song begins with the line "Look what you've done / You made a fool out of someone", compared to Sexy Sadie's "What have you done? / You made a fool of everyone".
The Spanish band Sexy Sadie took their name from this song.
As described in
Vincent Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter", Charles Mansontook the title of this song as a reference to Manson Family member Susan Atkins, who was nicknamed Sadie Mae Glutz, prior to the release of the White Album.
Songs deemed similar to "Sexy Sadie" include Australian rock group Jet's "
Look What You've Done", which has similar (occasionally identical) lyrics and style to the song. Oasis lifts a remarkably similar intro on their b-side, "Sitting Here In Silence (On My Own)." Also, Jack Johnson's song, "Cocoon" (from the " On and On" album), is strikingly similar to this song and parts of the piano are similar to Radiohead's song " Karma Police", and the band has apparently acknowledged the similarity.
The song inspired one of the characters' names in the 2007 Beatles-themed film "Across the Universe", Sadie, played by
John Lennon– lead and harmony vocals; rhythm guitar and Hammond organ
George Harrison– lead guitar and backing vocals
Paul McCartney– piano, bass and backing vocals
Ringo Starr– drums and tambourine
* [http://www.beatleslyricsarchive.com/viewSong.php?songID=142 Song lyrics]
* [http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/sexy-sadie/ The Beatles Bible: Sexy Sadie]
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