Beatles: Get Back Meaning
Song Released: 1969
Get Back Lyrics
But he knew it wouldn't last.
Jojo left his home in tucson, arizona
For some california grass.
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once...
Jo Jo was the name of Linda Eastmans ex husband who live in Arizona and died in 2000.The song was in it's origional form a racist comment by Paul against the immigration of Pakistanis into the UK in the 1960's.
The words were changed to suit a more commercial market(typical Paul Mc Cartney)and to ensure air play.I have seen the rough cut in the recording studio and it was not a happy scene.It was also a slur against anyone with a gender issue,sweet Loretta thought she was a woman etc.
Everyone was told to get back to where they once belonged,but not in the UK.Even though Paul decribed Yoko as "not the brightest button"he did not aim this song at her out of his respect for John.
anonymous May 9th, 2008 5:45pm report
I think in a way Paul is referring to both John and Yoko. He is saying John should go back to his Beatle life and yoko should go back home, should leave, should get away.
anonymous Dec 31st, 2011 12:42am report
My dog is Jo Jo
Jackie in another life.
anonymous Oct 26th, 2011 10:02am report
What was jo jo's last name ? linda's ex ? please post.
anonymous Apr 24th, 2011 4:36pm report
Loretta Martin had something to do with George Martin.
Jo Jo was a man that thought he was a loner . A city person that thought he could escape into the desert, after his time there he realized he could not stand the solitude and went back to the green of California ( Beverly Hills )Jo Jo was Paul who owned property there with his first wife Linda.
anonymous Aug 25th, 2008 8:20pm report
Songs about yoko - jojo kind of sounds like Yoko they are both unique names.. get back to where you once belong is referring to how Yoko was in the studio with John 24/7 and she was a 'loner' to the fame.
anonymous Feb 14th, 2008 2:35pm report
I think this song was written by Paul to John, suggesting John should "get back" to being a Beatle. The first line says: Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner, but he knew it couldn't last. I think Paul meant that John's new lifestyle could only last so long and eventually he would have to come back to change again. I think Paul wanted John to come back to the Beatles, his true home. I also think he used Jojo, as a sort of shortened version of John.
anonymous Sep 1st, 2007 9:15pm report
It's about Yoko Ono silly. JoJo leaves his home, that is, his place with the Beatles, to find the "greener grass" in a different side of life.
anonymous Feb 15th, 2007 2:10am report
i think jojo and loretta are the same person; loretta being the woman that jojo becomes in order to make friends. His stepford mother would never accept who he had wanted to become, and by leaving he would be deserting (haha, like Arizona) what he truly valued as "home". It's saying be true to whom you are.
anonymous Nov 11th, 2006 11:50pm report
Jojo was a loner so he moved in order to make friends. His new friends were into marijuana and he needed to stop hanging out with them and go back to his old home, which he does and ends up making better friends and having a better life without pot!
This is the meaning I know from experience and my nickname was jojo.
anonymous Sep 11th, 2006 9:28am report
I believe that during one of the rehearsals for this song,while saying "get back to where you once belong" Paul looked directly at yoko and John felt he was dishonoring her
anonymous Aug 15th, 2006 8:52am report
Original bootlegged studio versions of the beatles practicing for let it be had Paul singing 'don't need no Pakistanis - taking all the peoples jobs...'. George Martin knew better than to develop that theme and they created nebulous lyrics with general social meanings.
anonymous Jul 26th, 2006 7:23pm report
I think this song is about a man named jo jo who left his home thinking if he did this he could escape love for a while, but he new it wouldn't last. Then he met (loretta)a man who dresses as a woman to get love. Reffering to "she gets it while she can" and jojo falls in love with her but then he finds out she's a man and dumps her and tells her to go home your mother is waiting for you.
More Beatles song meanings »
Submit Your Interpretation
Related Blog Posts
|Keep On Rocking in the Free World||anonymous|
|Hall of Fame||anonymous|
|Hall of Fame||anonymous|
|Say I Won't||anonymous|
|Everything I Didn't Say||anonymous|
|Like a Prayer||anonymous|
|Am I Wrong||anonymous|