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Song Released: 1968

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Lady Madonna, children at your feet
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet
Who finds the money when you pay the rent
Did you think that money was heaven sent

Friday night arrives without a suitcase
Sunday morning...


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    Nov 15th, 2009 11:32pm report

    I note this earlier post: "Lady Madonna is sort of a mocking of emaculate conseption. Emaculate conseption because her children are illegitament."

    Sorry, that doesn't work. Mary's immaculate conception has nothing to do with fathers or with the virgin birth. It refers to Mary's own birth, to her being born without original sin.


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    Feb 20th, 2009 2:14pm report

    The inspiration for the song is based upon a women who had many kids to look after.Its not about prostitution! It is about a busy mum juggling to look after the house, I know the women who inspired the song!


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    May 14th, 2008 5:20am report

    In fact the song was made by John for his mom when she died.


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    May 1st, 2008 5:50pm report

    I thought it was some random girl who was selfish. Some type of "madonna"

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    Jan 13th, 2008 1:42pm report

    Alright guys....this song immortalizes his MOTHER MARY, not the virgin Mary...not Jesus...not god. After his mum died of breast cancer on halloween in 1956 when Paul was 14. When she was buried Nov 3 1956, Paul and his brother mike were both to pay a tribute to her... Mike by placing her picture on his 1st solo album and Paul by immortalising her in "Lady Madonna"


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    Dec 8th, 2007 12:52pm report

    You guys are dumb. If you watch the Back in the U.S. Concert DVD by Mccartney in the background there are tons of pictures of female figures like Mother Theresa and Rosa Parks.


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    Sep 17th, 2007 9:28am report

    I've always thought the Lady Madonna in the song is an archetype of mothers and women in general. Indeed, the Virgin Mary (the ultimate of plighted mothers) is often referred to as the Madonna, however I don't think the intent of the song is particularly Christian.
    Another meaning of the word "Madonna" is an idealized, virtuous woman.

    I've always interpreted the song as being about a single mother struggling to get by. The woman has either made some bad choices or has been dealt a bad hand in life.

    I also got the impression she might be doing some questionable things to finance her family. When they say "I wonder how you manage to make ends meet" I think they might be saying, "gee, where is that money coming from? Certainly not heaven."


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    Jul 18th, 2007 7:41pm report

    It's about a picture of a woman named madonna holding onto a baby. The woman is african and is poor. It is about poverty, not religion.

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    Apr 9th, 2007 4:58pm report

    Wow, it's funny after reading these interpretations about Jesus. I actually assumed that it was about a prostitute, for some reason. I have no idea why.


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    Mar 17th, 2007 3:28pm report

    "Lady Madonna, baby at your breast
    Wonders how you manage to feed the rest"

    When jesus fed all the people with the very little food he had.

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    Feb 15th, 2007 2:10am report

    Though I think the song is about the passage of time through a single mother's eyes, I also parallel the lyrics to the story of Mary raising Jesus. None of this is documented, it's just what I think.

    "Who finds the money when you pay the rent, Did you think that money was heaven sent"
    (heaven sent=The baby Jesus to Mary)
    "Friday night arrives without a suitcase"
    The day came with no responsibility; no suitcase signifies no man present in the household to provide (like Jesus coming without a human father)
    "Sunday morning creeping like a nun"
    The day came before she could realize it (Nun=Mary was supposedly a virgin, but "creeping" connotates the skeptisism)
    "Monday's child has learned to tie his bootlegs" (Monday's child=Jesus, as he grows)
    "See how they run"
    Talking about the days, how the go by quickly; the children, how they grow. (People run from the "Savior" as he grows)
    "Lady Madonna lying on the bed, Listen to the music playing in your head"
    (Angels singing to Mary to comfort the public's denial of Jesus)
    "Tuesday afternoon is never ending, Wednesday morning papers didn't come"
    The day passed so quickly that it seemed like the next never came. (Followers were slow to gather and value Jesus)
    "Thursday night you stocking needed mending, See how they run"
    She worked to make the days go by quicker (On the cross in need of help, the followers of Jesus ran)

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