The Beatles Song Of The Day: “She’s Leaving Home”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “She’s Leaving Home.” “She’s Leaving Home” is on The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. Paul McCartney wrote most of the song, John Lennon helped some with the lyrics. The song was inspired by a story Paul had read in the newspaper about a runaway girl. Paul said about the song-” It’s a much younger girl than Eleanor Rigby, but the same sort of loneelin

ess. That was a Daily Mirror story again, this girl left home and her father said “We gave her everything. I don’t know why she left home.” The lyric about parental sacrifice in this song were taken from John Lennon’s childhood. The phrases came naturally-John was quoting his Aunt Mimi. The real girl in the song was named Melanie Coe. She ended up returning home after three weeks. She was pregnent and had an abortion. The girl in the song represented teenagers at the time. Paul hired Mike Leander to be the arranger for the song. George Martin was busy that day working with another artist. Paul couldn’t wait. George Martin’s feelings were hurt. “I was surprised and hurt.” George Martin said. “It was just Paul being Paul.” John Lennon: double-tracked vocal and backing vocal/ Paul McCartney: double -tracked vocal and backing vocal/ Erich Gruenberg, Derek Jacobs, Trevor Williams, Jose Luis Garcia-violins/ John Underwood and Stephen Shingles: violas/ Dennis Vigay and Alan Dalziel-cellos/ Gordon Pearce-double-bass/ Stella Bromberg-harp. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “She’s Leaving Home” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • Rolling Stone ranked “She’s Leaving Home” at #82 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis in “100 Best Beatles Songs” ranks it at #79.
  • The song was never released as a single.
  • Length of song 3:26.

She’s Leaving Home”

Wednesday morning at five o’clock as the day begins
Silently closing her bedroom door
Leaving the note that she hoped would say more
She goes downstairs to the kitchen clutching her hankerchief
Quietly turning the backdoor key
Stepping outside she is free
She (We gave her most of our lives)
Is leaving (Sacraficed most of our lives)
Home (We gave her everything money could buy)
She’s leaving home after living alone
For so many years (Bye bye)
Father snores as his wife gets into her dressing gown
Picks up the letter that’s lying there
Standing alone at the top of the stairs
She breaks down and cries to her husband
“Daddy our baby’s gone
Why would she treat us so thoughtlessly?
How could she do this to me?”
She (We never thought of ourselves)
Is leaving (Never a thought for ourselves)
Home (We struggled hard all our lives to get by)
She’s leaving home after living alone For so many years (Bye bye)
Friday morning at nine o’clock she is far away
Waiting to keep the appointment she made
Meeting a man from the motor trade
She (What did we do that was wrong)
Is having (We didn’t know it was wrong)
Fun (Fun is the one thing that money can’t buy)
Something inside that was always denied
For so many years (Bye bye)
She’s leaving home Bye bye
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