The Beatles Song Of The Day– Polythene Pam

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The Beatles Song of the Day is Polythene Pam. Polythene Pam is part of the side 2 medley of songs on Abbey Road. It was written by John Lennon. It was one of many songs he wrote while in India in 1968.  Polythene Pam and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window were recorded as one song. The song was based on two people John knew- one was Pat Hodgetts- one of the original Beatles fans back at the Cavern Club era. She liked to chew polythene and was known as polythene Pat.The other person- Stephanie who was the girlfriend of English beat poet Royston Ellis. After a concert  John had met up with Ellis and Stephanie at the flat Ellis was renting. Stephanie dressed up in polythene. This would give John a subject to write about when he was searching for something.  John Lennon: lead vocal, twelve-string acoustic guitar, handclaps: Paul McCartney: backing vocal, bass, pianos [acoustic and electric} George Harrison: backing vocal, lead guitar: Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine, maracas, cowbell: Produced by George Martin.


  • rating “Polythene Pam”- as part of the medley ***** stars out of 5 stars- a classic.
  • recorded on July 25-30, 1969
  • length of song- 1:12
  • Polythene Pam was never released as a single.
  • Spignesi and Lewis as part of the medley had it ranked #36, Rolling Stone #23, critic Bill Wyman #22-29, The Beatles Channel listeners poll #4, Jim Beviglia didn’t have it ranked.
Well, you should see Polythene Pam
She’s so good-looking but she looks like a man
Well, you should see her in drag dressed in her polythene bag
Yes, you should see Polythene Pam
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Get a dose of her in jackboots and kilt
She’s killer-diller when she’s dressed to the hilt
She’s the kind of a girl that makes the “News of the World”
Yes, you could say she was attractively built
Yeah, yeah, yeah