The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Baby You’re A Rich Man”

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The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Baby You’re A Rich Man.” “Baby You’re A Rich Man” is the b-side to “All You Need Is Love.” “Baby You’re A Rich Man” reached #34 on the American Top 40. The song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was two different songs put together. John wrote the bit about ‘all the beautiful people” and Paul wrote the title refrain section. The song was originally intended for the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. Some listeners believe that at the end of the song The Beatles sing “Baby You’re A Rich Fag Jew” which they interpret to be a slur on their manager Brian Epstein. John Lennon: double-tracked vocal, harmony vocal clavioline and piano/ Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, piano and  bass guitar/ George Harrison: harmony vocal, guitar and handclaps/ Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine, maracas and handclaps/ Eddie Kramer: vibraphone/ Mick Jaggar: harmony vocal.The…

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9 responses to “The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Baby You’re A Rich Man”

  1. As badfinger20 said, it’s overlooked. Speaking of George walking through the park singing it, I read an anecdote once by a friend of his – maybe Eric Idle, I don’t recall for certain – who visited him at his home in Switzerland that summer before he passed. They were out walking when one of George’s teeth fell out from the chemo. George chuckled and started singing “How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people…”

  2. That’s what I always thought – that “Baby You’re A Rich Man” essentially was about teasing Brian Epstein, who apparently seemed to be concerned about money all the time – well, it may not seem to be glorious, but I suppose, in part, that’s the role of a manager! While I don’t believe The Beatles were racist, I have to say is the line, “Baby you’re a rich fag Jew” really makes me cringe. Can you imagine the outcry if an artist would release lyrics like this nowadays? Although, then again, if you look at the current sorry state of the nation, who knows…

    • True. And perhaps the times were different then. I will also admit that as a German, I’m particularly sensitive when it comes to rhetoric that could be interpreted as antisemitic, given my country’s not so glorious history!

      Again, I’m not saying Lennon was a racist or an antisemit. Instead, at times, he simply wasn’t particularly thoughtful in his comments.

    • I think the Lennon at the end of his life wouldn’t have made comments he made- or made fun of unfortunate people that he did as a younger man. I am sure like everyone he regretted some of the things he did- said.

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