The Beatles Song Of The Day– Mean Mr. Mustard

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The Beatles Song of the Day is Mean Mr. Mustard. Mean Mr. Mustard is part of the side 2 medley on Abbey Road. It was written by John Lennon and recorded the same time as Sun King. John had written this in India in 1968. John wrote the song after reading about a mean guy who hid five pound notes-not up his nose. John denied that the song was about cocaine.  The song was rehearsed during the Let It Be sessions- the one change made was Mean Mr. Mustard’s sister would be changed from Shirley to Pam. John Lennon: multitracked vocal, lead guitar, maracas: Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, bass, harmonium. piano, tape-loops: George Harrison: lead guitar: Ringo Starr: drums, bongos, tambourine: George Martin: organ: Produced by George Martin.

  • rating  as part of the side 2 medley of songs ***** out of 5 stars- a classic.
  • recorded on July 24, 25, 29, 1969.
  • Mean Mr. Mustard was never released as a single.
  • Length of song: 1:06
  • Spignesi and Lewis as part of the medley ranks it #36, Rolling Stone #23, critic Bill Wyman 22-29, The Beatles Channel listeners poll #4 and Jim Beviglia doesn’t have it rated.


Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park
Shaves in the dark trying to save paper
Sleeps in a hole in the road
Saving up to buy some clothes
Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose
Such a mean old man
Such a mean old man
His sister Pam works in a shop
She never stops, she’s a go-getter
Takes him out to look at the queen
Only place that he’s ever been
Always shouts out something obscene
Such a dirty old man
Dirty old man
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