Lady Madonna - The Beatles
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"Lady Madonna" - The Beatles (1968)
Recorded in February 1968, "Lady Madonna" is generally considered to be a tribute to working class womanhood. McCartney said that he had seen a picture of an African lady with a baby, and under the picture it read: “Mountain Madonna.”
“It sounds like Elvis, doesn’t it. No, it doesn’t sound like Elvis- it IS Elvis.”
The song expresses a sympathy and empathy for the harried, economically oppressive of single mothers decades before they were discovered by journalists and sociologists.
In his characterization of Lady Madonna’s brood, Paul explicitly invokes “Monday’s Child,” the time-honored nursery rhyme about childhood destiny that was originally published in September 1887 in Harper’s Weekly:
“Monday’s child is fair of face. / Tuesday’s child is full of grace. / Wednesday’s child is loving and giving. / Thursday’s child works hard for a living, / Friday’s child is full of woe. / Saturday’s child has far to go. / But the child that is born on Sabbath-day / Is bonny and happy and wise and gay.”
There is no Sabbath, no day of rest for Lady Madonna.
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