Beatles: She Came in Through the Bathroom Window Meaning
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Song Released: 1969
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She Came in Through the Bathroom Window Lyrics
She came in through the bathroom window
Projected by a silver spoon
But now she sucks her thumb and wanders
By the banks of her own lagoon
Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to...
'She came in through the bathroom window' is a slang expression meaning 'she was born by caesarian section'. In other words her mother was 'too posh to push'. It ties in with 'protected by a silver spoon', i.e. 'born with a silver spoon in her mouth' as the expression goes. The entire song is about a privileged girl who's lost her way in the world. The narrator is police officer who came across her when she was in trouble. See "She's Leaving Home" on Sgt. Pepper's for a song with a similar theme.
anonymous Feb 8th, 2011 2:06pm report
Thank you for your contribution to my mental problems. Please pass the drugs please :) fucking jive-turkey-monkey-donkey
anonymous May 24th, 2010 5:52am report
Supposedly this came from a real incident where a teenaged fan of McCartney broke into his house via a bathroom window and stole a photograph.
The incident has been turned into a fictitious tale of the girl breaking into the house while McCartney was away, and both his neighbours being on the phone at the time.
McCartney eventually catches the thief, interrogates her and becomes fascinated by her compulsive lying. So he enters a criminal partnership with her, which is undermined by the fact that she cannot mug people, only burgle them and lie.
anonymous Dec 19th, 2009 12:05pm report
I think it's fine that the songs goes the way it does. There is nothing wrong with allowing the listener to put their own interpretation on it rather than giving a "complete" story. I don't think the "story" was complete anyway - it had only gotten to "Tuesday's on the phone to me"....still on-going.
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anonymous Nov 1st, 2008 11:46pm report
I have an incomplete interpretation. I think that this song is about a young woman who grew up very rich and as such never needed to learn anything about the real world. Being born with a silver spoon in ones mouth is a common expression in the US which means a person who was born into a very rich existence.
Coming in through the bathroom window means that she either did not know the normal way of doing things, or she just didn't care. Projected by a silver spoon meant that she, like all of us, was a result of her existence. In her case, she was wealthy and perhaps isolated from others because of her wealth.
Sucks her thumb indicates that she is childish and doesn't really know how to handle herself in an adult world. Going back to the idea of the silver spoon, that is, she grew up rich and not needing to ever learn anything for herself. Who needs education or even social skills when you have the millions of dollars to hire people to do everything for you?
The part about her always being a dancer, 15 clubs a day. Well, obviously there is not enough time in the day for anyone to dance at 15 clubs as a job. This part probably means that she spent all her time in idle activities, which nothing much to live for. Once again, going back to the idea that she grew up without any need to learn or push herself towards any goals. Still by the end of the song she has become the love interest of the person singing and is trying to help him with needs. In this effect she finally does have a real reason for living and is not just letting life wash over her.
I think this is one of many Beatles songs poking fun at the extremely wealthy in society.
I'm sure someone else can add to my interpretation and improve it.
anonymous Jun 1st, 2008 6:13pm report
That sounds reasonable but how do you know that Paul actually made that agreement? Did he talk about it in an interview, did you read about it in a book, how did you find that out?
beatles921 Jan 12th, 2008 1:19am report
This song IS about fans who came into Paul's bathroom window and stole some pretty meaningful pictures so Paul made a deal with one of the girls who used to camp out in front of his house every night. He said if you get me those pictures back then I'll give you something else of mine or ill take pictures with you, just get me them back...and she did
anonymous Apr 21st, 2007 4:39pm report
First verse is about a girl with a heroin addiction.
Jordi_Hagens Jul 16th, 2006 7:25am report
Paul McCartney was in a house in London where he was writing some songs.
It was in the middle of the city with of course a lot of fans.
They climbed over the fences en broke in trough the bathroom window, and tried to stole much as they can, like spoons, books and stuff like that.
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