The Beatles

People Behind The Songs

Dear Prudence.

Written by John during the Transcendental Meditation course at the Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India in 1968. As well as The Beatles; the Beach Boys, Donovan, Mia Farrow and others were also there. Mia's sister, Prudence took the teachings very seriously and spent most of her time in meditation, refusing to join the others when they left the centre for outings.

Eleanor Rigby.

Although there was a gravestone to Eleanor Rigby in St. Peter's Churchyard in Wooton it has been suggested that Paul took the title from Eleanor Bron and a wine and spirit warehouse he saw while visiting Jane Asher in Bristol.

Hey Jude.

Paul started composing this while driving to Weybridge to comfort Cynthia after the split with John. It started as "Hey Julian", became "Hey Jules" and ended as "Hey Jude".

Love Me Do.

Although it has never been confirmed, it is thought that this was written for Iris Caldwell, Paul's girlfriend at the time.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

The song was inspired by young Julian's picture of his school friend, Lucy O'Donnell. The title came directly from Julian's own description of his work.

Polythene Pam.

There are two contenders for this one. The most likely is Pat Hodgetts, a fan from the Cavern Club who was given the name "Polythene Pat" as she was constantly seen eating polythene. It may also be based on a night John spent with British poet, Royston Ellis and his girlfriend Stephanie. All three dressed in polythene bags and slept in the same bed.

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