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Song Released: 1969

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Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park
Shaves in the dark trying to save paper
Sleeps in a hole in the road
Saving up to buy some clothes
Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose
Such a mean old man
Such a mean old man

His sister Pam works in a...


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    Sep 29th, 9:48pm report

    I was thinking that he shaves in the dark so he can’t see the cuts and saves on using toilet paper that he would have used to put in them. You know I’ve listened to this song since I was a teenager in the 70’s and never really thought about that line and what it meant until now!


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    Jun 27th, 2018 6:59pm report

    this song is about Maxwell, the secret mi5 agent that followed them and told them what to do. he was a prick, so the beatles dissed him


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    Sep 7th, 2015 9:47pm report

    Ten bob note is old money. Shaving in the dark to save paper, saving money by not using electricity when shaving. The song is obviously about a frugal man. Mean old man. Spends his money on coal and as somebody mentioned, maybe coke which he sniffs thriugh the note.


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    Oct 2nd, 2011 10:26pm report

    Great song!

    "Keeps a ten Bob note up his nose" means he is doing drugs.


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    May 24th, 2010 5:58am report

    If the Abbey Road Medley is a rock symphony, then Mean Mr Mustard, Polythene Pam and Bathroom Window are the equivalent of a ternary form scherzo.

    In symphonies from Beethoven onwards, the third movement of a symphony was a “scherzo”, a relatively light hearted movement in three parts. The first part would be complemented by a contrasting second part, and then the first part would repeat.

    In this respect the Mustard Trilogy can be seen as three interconnected light hearted tunes designed to break up the more seriously meant first, second and fourth movements. The Mustard Trilogy flow into each other to a more extreme degree than the rest of the medley, causing a similar effect to hearing the sections of a scherzo running into each other.

    The outer sections, Mustard and Bathroom, have a similar theme of disreputable outcasts unable to operate in the real world, while Polythene Pam is a surreally described, albeit very successful, individual who contrasts with Mustard and Bathroom.


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    Sep 25th, 2009 9:46pm report


    JOHN 1980: "I'd read somewhere in the newspaper about this mean guy who hid his five-pound notes, not up his nose but 'somewhere else.' No, it had nothing to do with cocaine."

    PAUL circa-1994: "'Mean Mr Mustard' was very John. I liked that. A nice quirky song."


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    Aug 3rd, 2009 8:09am report

    I figure this has no meaning, other than being about a hobo.
    It does sound good, though.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Apr 16th, 2009 4:16pm report

    Even John lennon admitts to writing down words that have no actual meaning, they just sound good. This is one of those songs.


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    May 1st, 2008 5:54pm report

    "Shaves in the dark trying to save paper..."
    This, I believe, alludes to the practice of putting a little piece of toilet paper on a nick you get when shaving, so they are actually being sarcastic, He's shaving in the dark so he will purposely cut himself so he can waist paper covering up his cuts


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    Feb 16th, 2008 2:48pm report

    What's a "ten bob note"?


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    Apr 5th, 2007 4:52pm report

    It is about a hobo who doesn't want to work. Self explanatory.

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