The Real 'Dear Prudence' on Meeting Beatles in India - Rolling Stone

Hans Hot 100 Beatles Songs: #36: ‘Dear Prudence’- a John Lennon song from The White Album- one of 13 songs from The White Album to make the cut. I notice I am on a run in the countdown of John Lennon written songs- this is the third in a row. John wrote this song during The Beatles summer of 1968 trip to India to study meditation under the Maharishi. One of the entourage- the sister of actress Mia Farrow- was very dedicated to TM- and was spending too much time away meditating- John wrote this song about her.

The Countdown so far- 100-‘Any Time At All’/ 99- ‘No Reply’ / 98- ‘You Know My Name [Look Up The Number]/ 97- ‘The Inner Light’ / 96- ‘ You Won’t See Me’ / 95- ‘Baby’s In Black’/ 94- ‘Sexy Sadie’ / 93- ‘I Need You’ / 92- ‘Love Me Do’/ 91- ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey’/ 90- ‘Doctor Robert’/ 89- ‘There’s A Place’/ 88- ‘Good Day Sunshine’ 87- ‘It’s Only Love’ 86- ‘I Want You [She’s So Heavy] 85-‘Yer Blues’ / 84- ‘From Me To You’/ 83-‘She’s Leaving Home’/ 82-‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite’/ 81-‘I’m So Tired’/ 80-‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ 79- ‘Baby, You’re A Rich Man’ 78- ‘Yellow Submarine.’ #77 ‘Things We Said Today.’ #76: ‘When I’m Sixty- Four’ #75: ‘Happiness IS A Warm Gun’ 74: ‘I Will’ 73: ‘Within You Without You’ 72: ‘ This Boy’ 71: ‘And I Love Her’- #70: ‘Fixing A Hole’ #69- ‘Drive My Car’ 68: ‘I Should Have Known Better’ #67: ‘Getting Better’ #66: ‘If I Needed Someone’ #65: ‘I’m Down, #64: ‘Good Morning Good Morning.’ #63:’ Hey Bulldog’ #62: ‘The Long And Winding Road’ #61:’ The Fool On The Hill’ #60: ‘Get Back’ #59: ‘Eight Days A Week’ #58:’ Because” 57:’Two Of Us’ 56:’Girl’ #55: ‘Come Together’ #54: Michelle’ #53″ And Your Bird Can Sing’ #52: “Helter Skelter’ #51: ‘Twist And Shout’ #50″ Back In The U.S.S.R.’ #49: ‘If I Fell’- #48” “I’m A Loser’ #47: ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ #46: ‘Julia’ #45: ‘We Can Work It Out’ #44: ‘All You Need Is Love’ #43: ‘For No One’ #42: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/ With A Little Help From My Friends’ #41: ‘Lady Madonna’ #40:’ Lady Madonna’ #39: Got To Get You Into My Life’ #38: ‘Across The Universe’ #37: ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ #36: ‘Dear Prudence’

6 responses to “HANS HOT 100 BEATLES SONGS: #36: ‘DEAR PRUDENCE’

  1. “the sun is up / the sky is blue / it’s beautiful / and so are you” God I love this song. It’s beautiful, it’s experimental, it’s spacy with the sitar, and pulls together so well. Plus it has a back story!

  2. my favorite song on ‘the white album’ and probably would be in my Beatles top 10. The Siouxshie & the Banshees cover of it is also among the best Beatles covers I’ve heard.

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