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Beatles songs, Rocky Raccoon

Rocky Raccoon

(Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

Albums in which the song is present

   1968 - The Beatles (White Album)
   1996 - Anthology 3

PAUL 1968: 'I was sitting on the roof in India with a guitar – John and I were sitting 'round playing guitar, and we were with Donovan.
And we were just sitting around enjoying ourselves, and I started playing the chords of 'Rocky Raccoon,' you know, just messing around.
And, oh, originally it was Rocky Sassoon, and we just started making up the words, you know, the three of us – and started just to write them down.
They came very quickly.
And eventually I changed it from Sassoon to Raccoon, because it sounded more like a cowboy.
So there it is.
These kind of things – you can't really talk about how they come 'cuz they just come into your head, you know.
They really do.
And it's like John writing his books.
There's no… I don't know how he does it, and he doesn't know how he does it, but he just writes.
I think people who actually do create and write… you tend to think, 'Oh, how did he do that,' but it actually does flow… just flows from into their head, into their hand, and they write it down, you know.
And that's what happened with this.
I don't know anything about the Appalachian mountains or cowboys and indians or anything.
But I just made it up, you know.
And the doctor came in stinking of gin and proceeded to lie on the table.
So, there you are.'

PAUL circa-1994: 'I like talking-blues so I started off like that, then I did my tongue-in-cheek parody of a western and threw in some amusing lines.
The bit I liked about it was him (Rocky) finding Gideon's Bible and thinking, 'Some guy called Gideon must have left it for the next guy.' I like the idea of Gideon being a character.
You get the meaning, and at the same time get in a poke at it.
All in good fun.'

Now somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota
There lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon
And one day his woman ran off with another guy
Hit young Rocky in the eye Rocky didn't like that
He said "I'm gonna get that boy"
So one day he walked into town
Booked himself a room in the local saloon

Rocky Raccoon checked into his room
Only to find Gideon's Bible
Rocky had come, equipped with a gun
To shoot off the legs of his rival

His rival, it seems, had broken his dreams
By stealing the girl of his fancy
Her name was Magill, and she called herself Lil
But everyone knew her as Nancy

Now she and her man, who called himself Dan
Were in the next room at the hoedown
Rocky burst in, and grinning a grin
He said, "Danny boy, this is a showdown"

But Daniel was hot, he drew first and shot
And Rocky collapsed in the corner, ah

D'da d'da d'da da da da
D'da d'da d'da da da da
D'da d'da d'da da d'da d'da d'da d'da
Do do do do do do

D'do d'do d'do do do do
D'do d'do d'do do do do
D'do d'do d'do do do d'do d'do d'do d'do
Do do do do do do

Now, the doctor came in, stinking of gin
And proceeded to lie on the table
He said, "Rocky, you met your match"
And Rocky said, "Doc, it's only a scratch
And I'll be better, I'll be better, Doc, as soon as I am able"

And now Rocky Raccoon, he fell back in his room
Only to find Gideon's Bible
Gideon checked out and he left it no doubt
To help with good Rocky's revival, ah
Oh yeah, yeah

D'do d'do d'do do do do
D'do d'do d'do do do do
D'do d'do d'do do do d'do d'do d'do d'do
Do do do do do do

D'do d'do d'do do do do, come on, Rocky boy
D'do d'do d'do do do do, come on, Rocky boy
D'do d'do d'do do do d'do d'do d'do d'do
The story of Rocky there

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