The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Lady Madonna”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Lady Madonna.” “Lady Madonna” was the a-side of a single by The Beatles, the b-side was “The Inner Light.” Paul McCartney wrote “Lady Madonna.” “Lady Madonna” was a number 1 hit single for The Beatles in the United Kingdom, in the United States it peaked at #4. It was the first Beatle A-side single not to reach #1 in the United States on at least two of the three main U.S. record charts since February 1966 and “Nowhere Man.” Paul McCartney would say about his song ” Lady Madonna’s all women. How do they do it?-bless ’em it’s that one, you know. Baby at your breast, how do they get the time to feed them? Where do you get the money? How do you do this thing that women do?” John Lennon would later say in his 1980 Playboy interview “Good piano lick, but the song never really goes anywhere.” John Lennon: backing vocal, lead guitar and handclaps/ Paul McCartney: double-tracked vocal, piano, bass and handclaps/ George Harrison: backing vocal, lead guitar and handclaps/ Ringo Starr: drums and handclaps/ Ronnie Scott, Bill Povey: tenor saxes/ Harry Klein and Bill Jackman: baritone saxes. The song was recorded on February 3rd and 6th, 1968 at Abbey Road Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Lady Madonna” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • “Lady Madonna” was inspired by a magazine picture Paul saw in National Geographic, a picture of an African woman suckling her baby over the caption “Mountain Madonna.”
  • Musically the song borrowed from a song called “Bad Penny Blues” by Humphrey Lyttleton from 1956 which was produced by George Martin.
  • Length of song: 2:16
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Lady Madonna” #86 in their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” list. Spignesi and Lewis had it ranked #41 in their “100 Best Beatles Songs” list.
  • Paul McCartney has called “Lady Madonna” his Fats Domino impression. Fats Domino would later cover the song.

“Lady Madonna” {Lennon-McCartney]

Lady Madonna, children at your feet
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet
Who finds the money?
When you pay the rent?
Did you think that money was Heaven sent?
Friday night arrives without a suitcase
Sunday morning creep in like a nun
Monday’s child has learned to tie his bootlace
See how they run
Lady Madonna, baby at your breast
Wonder how you manage to feed the rest
See how they run
Lady Madonna, lying on the bed
Listen to the music playing in your head
Tuesday afternoon is never ending
Wednesday morning papers didn’t come
Thursday night you stockings needed mending
See how they run
Lady Madonna, children at your feet
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet
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