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Beatles songs, Lovely Rita

Lovely Rita

(Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

Albums in which the song is present

   1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

JOHN 1980: 'That's Paul writing a pop song.
He makes 'em up like a novelist.
You hear lots of McCartney-influenced songs on the radio now.
These stories about boring people doing boring things – being postmen and secretaries and writing home.
I'm not interested in writing third-party songs.
I like to write about me, 'cuz I know me.'

PAUL 1984: 'Yeah, that was mine.
It was based on the American meter maid.
And I got the idea to just… you know, so many of my things, like 'When I'm Sixty-Four' and those, they're tongue in cheek! But they get taken for real! And similarly with 'Lovely Rita' – the idea of a parking-meter attendant's being sexy was tongue in cheek at the time.'

Aaaahhh...

Lovely Rita meter maid
Lovely Rita meter maid

Lovely Rita meter maid
Nothing can come between us
When it gets dark I tow your heart away
Standing by a parking meter
When I caught a glimpse of Rita
Filling in a ticket in her little white book
In a cap she looked much older
And the bag across her shoulder
Made her look a little like a military man

Lovely Rita meter maid
May I inquire discreetly (Lovely Rita)
When are you free to take some tea with me? (Lovely Rita, maid, ah)
Rita!

Took her out and tried to win her
Had a laugh and over dinner
Told her I would really like to see her again
Got the bill and Rita paid it
Took her home I nearly made it
Sitting on the sofa with a sister or two

Oh, lovely Rita meter maid
Where would I be without you
Give us a wink and make me think of you (Lovely Rita meter maid)
Lovely Rita meter maid, Rita meter maid (Lovely Rita meter maid)
Oh Lovely Rita meter meter maid (Lovely Rita meter maid)
Ah da, ah da (Lovely Rita meter maid)

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