She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - The Beatles

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"She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" - The Beatles (1969)

“She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” may have been inspired by a March 1969 burglary at McCartney’s Cavendish home, although the Beatles had actually rehearsed a version of the composition previously during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions in January of that year.

An alternative version for its origins is that McCartney had planned to meet his then girlfriend Linda Eastman at his Beverly Hills bungalow at the Beverly Hills hotel- but when she got there it was locked so she climbed in through the bathroom window.

George Harrison remarked:

“A very strange song of Paul’s with terrific lyrics, but it’s hard to explain what they’re all about.”

The song is irresistible pop/rock, poised on a walking bass which plays mischievous tricks against a powerful percussion track within a rhythmic feel and framework.

Musicologist Tim Riley remarked that when the group hits the bridge - "Didn’t anybody tell her"-, the stop-time break adds a vocal harmony, adding:

“The downbeat itself is simply a platform for Paul to leap off vocally, and he seizes the moment as only he can forging his presence onto everything else in the mix. One can detect a sense of resignation on the part of the narrator regarding the perplexing events depicted in the lyric.”

Beatle author Ian MacDonald comments that “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” is uncharacteristically repetitious. He wonders whether its three-chord cycle was written as soul pastiche.

McCartney tells us a story about a young woman who grew up very rich and as such never needed to learn anything about the real world. “Coming in through the bathroom window” means that she either did not know the normal way of doing things, or, she just didn’t care. “Protected by a silver spoon” meant that she, like all of us, was a result of her existence.

In order to deal with the realization that his lover steals but cannot rob, the main character/narrator tells us that he has resolved to “quit the police department and get a steady job” presumably to support their new household in a more respectable manner.

The subject of the song is a spoiled run-away who became a prostitute. The male spoken about in the track is a cop but secretly a pimp on the side. Her pimp. He instructs her to steal the wallets of her patrons. When one day she tried to break in and rob her pimp’s apartment not knowing he’s also a cop, his cop buddies, “Sunday,” “Monday,” and “Tuesday” let him know.

Now he must pretend he doesn’t know her. He doesn’t press charges. But sure enough it gets out that he does know her. And more importantly, how he knows her. Then he resigns in disgrace, becomes a full time criminal, but the girl gets caught breaking in again somewhere else. Now they’re both caught. She gets sent home; he’s singing this song from jail.

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