Beatles: Her Majesty Meaning
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Song Released: 1969
Her Majesty Lyrics
But she doesn't have a lot to say
Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl
But she changes from day to day
I want to tell her that I love her a lot
But I gotta get a bellyful of wine
Her Majesty's a pretty nice...
anonymous Oct 2nd, 10:02pm report
One can take it literally as referring to the queen. But, the style of music is like before WWII when it was not unusual for a man to refer to a girlfriend or especially a wife as "her majesty" a sort of joke about the woman ruling him. For example, he might say to his male friends, "I wanna go for fish and chips tonight, but you know it's all up to what her majesty wants."
anonymous Aug 18th, 2008 8:11pm report
Her Majesty was a joke among the Beatles, originally they were not going to include it on Abbey Road. The last song was going to be The End, but John and Paul thought it was a to serious song to end their career together so instead they decided to add a shortened version of Her Majesty. George Martin and the rest of the Beatles thought it was hilarious.
anonymous Feb 14th, 2007 2:37am report
This song is pretty simple. It's about wanting to be with a girl that you know you can never be with. She is untouchable, either because of personal reasons, like the guy is a loser and she will never like him anyway, or she is in a higher social class. Or maybe she is older than he is, and wouldn't want to hang out with a younger guy. For whatever reason, he knows he can't even attempt a friendship with her, because it will end in ruin.
anonymous Dec 5th, 2006 12:22pm report
This is an interesting story I read in a book about the complete Beatles recording sessions.
"Her Majesty" was apparently a snippet or demo track perhaps to be included in the 2nd side around Mean Mr. Mustard ('Takes him out to look at the queen') in there with all of the mini-songs that made up side 2, which as it stands, is a work of genius, leading up to an element called "The End".
One could speculate whether "The End" was symbolic of the imminent end of the Beatles, or merely the end of the album, but it was clearly the end of the album, with a poignant last thought that everyone knows.
"And in the end,
The love you take,
Is equal to the love,
That, my friends is a hell of a great thought to end an album, or a band.
Apparently, "Her Majesty" was on a piece of tape that was used (as they did) layering sound for the finale. "Her Majesty" was at the end of the piece of tape. It was apparently not intended to be included, but when they made the master tape in preparation for pressing the record, they let the tape run completely, and accidentally included it on the master.
According to the source, the record was pressed and released before any of the Beatles heard it, and IIRC, they were told of the error while vacationing, to their horror, one might speculate.
This makes sense, given the context, and the source seems to be very accurate on everything else (I believe George Martin contributed to the book...it has prints of everything from receipts for recording time, to what was recorded at what sessions, etc).
It's a good piece of trivia, and one not included often discussed.
CJ - Beatles Freak
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