Beatles: Martha My Dear Meaning
Song Released: 1968
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Martha My Dear Lyrics
Remember me Martha my love
Don't forget me Martha my dear
Hold your head up you silly girl look what you've done
When you find yourself in the thick of it
Help yourself to...
anonymous Oct 6th, 2014 10:05pm report
Paul loved his sheep dog 'Martha' so much that he consulted with Dr. Doolittle in order to be able to speak dog, hence the lyric 'so I spend my days in conversation' with Martha, of course. The lyric 'take a good look around you' referred to Martha's tendency to lick her nads too long and too often and Paul's fear that his dog was missing the goings on of the world because her head was always buried in her sheep dog fur while cleaning herself.
OK, I'm calling BS on myself, on this one.
anonymous May 20th, 2014 5:20pm report
This song is titled "Martha my dear" after Paul McCartney's dog, Martha, but the song is about a woman whom he was engaged with. She ended the engagement leading him to state, "take a good look around you that you and me were meant to be for each other". There can multiple interpretations of the song, but I would say my theory is concrete.
capitalist Jan 25th, 2006 1:41pm report
Yes, but... The sheepdog is John: "my love/You have always been my inspiration...."
John was Paul's "[platonic]love," who was always Paul's inspiration.
"Hold your head up, you silly girl [John]
See what you've done [greatness and crap too]
When you find yourself in the thick of it [controversy? emotional/dependency problems?]
Help yourself to a little bit
Of what's all around you [your talent? your friends, first among them me, Paul? both and/or other things John took for granted or failed to appreciate?]
Silly girl. [Stupid!]"
Anyway, how could those lines apply to an actual dog?
"Take a good look around you
Take a good look, you're bound to see
That you and me [sic: I] were meant to be
John kept threatening to leave the band. Paul is trying to convince him (subliminally) to change his attitude -- "Are you mad? We're Lennon-McCartney, for God's sake!" -- but not in so many words.
It didn't work (John apparently wasn't too bright).
Just a theory.
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