Name = Polythene Pam
Album = Abbey Road
26 September 1969
track_no = 12
25 July- 30 July 1969
Genre = Rock,
Length = 1:12
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Abbey Road
Type = studio
Tracks = ;Side one
Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
I Want You (She's So Heavy)";Side two
Here Comes the Sun"
You Never Give Me Your Money"
Mean Mr. Mustard"
She Came In Through the Bathroom Window"
Carry That Weight"
"Polythene Pam" a song written by
John Lennon, although credited to Lennon-McCartney, and performed by The Beatleson their penultimate album "Abbey Road". The song continues the progression of the medley that begins with " You Never Give Me Your Money" on the album's B-side.
The song was originally introduced during "The White Album" sessions; a demo from the Esher Sessions can be found on "
Anthology 3". Lennon would describe this song, along with " Mean Mr. Mustard", in " The Beatles Anthology" as "a bit of crap I wrote in India".
Structured as a limerick, the song is superficially about "a mythical
Liverpool Sexual s _sc. drugswhen he showed them how to get high from the strips inside a Benzedrineinhaler. It was in this interview that John supplied the details of this event but refused to elaborate further.
On the album "Abbey Road", the song is linked with the previous song "Mean Mr. Mustard" musically, as the two run together without pause. The two songs are also linked narratively, since "Mean Mr. Mustard" mentions that the title character Mustard has a sister named Pam. Originally, the line "his sister Pam..." in the song was "his sister Shirley...", but Lennon would change the line to contribute to the continuity of the "Abbey Road" side two medley. The song "Her Majesty" was originally set between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam".
"Polythene Pam" segues into the following song, "
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window". At 0:47, someone picks up a tambourineand, in the right channel, Paul McCartneycan be heard saying "Yeah," while Lennon says, "Great". Compositionally, "Polythene Pam" ends with the final notes of the guitar solo, at which point Lennon says, "We'll listen to that now." Lennon laughs, followed by "Oh, look out!" and a sudden, nearly-inaudible "You should..." before the transition. In 1976, Roy Woodof Electric Light Orchestrarecorded the song for the musical documentary " All This and World War II".
*Turner, Steve. "A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song", Harper, New York: 1994, ISBN 0-06-095065-X
* [http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/pp.html Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "Polythene Pam"]
* [http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/beatles/anomaly.html What Goes On?]
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