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Beatles: Why Don't We Do It In The Road Meaning

Tagged: Sex [suggest]

Song Released: 1968

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Why don't we do it in the road
Why don't we do it in the road
Why don't we do it in the road
Why don't we do it in the road
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road
Why don't we do it in the road
Why don't we do it in the...


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    Oct 30th, 2016 10:43pm report

    We used to do it in the road when I was a kid living in a working class area of London. It means pissing or urinating in the road! Disgusting now I know but in the late fifties, early sixties, more common among young (male) kids than you might imagine!


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    Jul 12th, 2013 7:07am report

    I think the entire White Album was a response to critics saying the Beatles only played one kind of music and wouldn't be popular in America if they would have been born American. They couldn't do "American" music. All of the songs on the White album seem to spoof American musical styles. "Why Don't We Do It In the Road" spoofs raunchy rock with meaningless lyrics about sex. Rocky Raccoon-Appalachian folk music. Happiness is a Warm Gun...


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    Jan 10th, 2013 1:38pm report

    I saw an inter view with Lennon on you tune and he said that people fight in the middle of the street and fights break out in the city in front of everyone, crime and Violence. Why do people do that in the street (road) but you never see love on the streets. Why do we kill eachother on the streets when we could be having free love in the streets?


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    Sep 14th, 2011 9:43pm report

    The song is about an argument the band had over the photo shoot for the abbey road album cover. They did not have an idea for the cover when Paul McCartney suggested they "do it in the road" right outside the studio. Management and the producers argued against it debating that it would cause a huge scene once people noticed the Beatles in public and it would be a waste of time and money. The argument between the band and management resulted in the song "Why Don't We Do It in The Road" released on their 1968 album The Beatles, commonly referred to as The White Album. The story of Paul and the monkeys is a rumor that circulated shortly following the release.


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    May 25th, 2011 5:02pm report

    When in India, Paul saw two monkeys having sex in the road. He thought about how easy it was for animals to just do these things compared to the complicated human rituals of sex.


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    Apr 24th, 2011 4:00pm report

    It was said in starchy, moralistic Victorian England, you can do! anything you want as long as you don't do it in the road.


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    Jan 5th, 2011 1:15am report

    It was only paul and ringo in this song one of the few songs recorded without the whole band


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    Aug 15th, 2010 8:49pm report

    obviously there are some good interpretations here. But John Lennon had nothing to do with this song. Paul wrote it and recorded it without the band... Lennon got pissed off about it because it was his style all the way and Paul left him out of the recording.
    Paul got the idea while watching a male monkey jump on a female and jump back off after he planted his seed within a matter of seconds acting as if nothing had happened. It just so happened, the monkeys were walking down the road as it happened. Paul tells the story in one of the books about the Beatles. I forget which one though


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    Jun 24th, 2010 6:17pm report

    Does anyone think that it's kind of funny how "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?", a very raunchy song, is followed by "I Will", a sweet and tender ballad?


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    Jun 21st, 2010 6:55pm report

    Well, how many of you have ever seen the Anthology's? I think it was there where Paul said that when they were in India (Where most of the songs on the White Album were written) that he saw two monkeys doing "it" in the middle of the road.
    Paul McCartney wrote the song after seeing two monkeys copulating in the street while on retreat in Rishikesh, India, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He marveled in the simplicity of this natural scenario when compared to the emotional turmoil of human relationships. He later said:
    "A male [monkey] just hopped on the back of this female and gave her one, as they say in the vernacular. Within two or three seconds he hopped off again and looked around as if to say, ‘It wasn't me,’ and she looked around as if there'd been some mild disturbance ... And I thought ... that's how simple the act of procreation is ... We have horrendous problems with it, and yet animals don't.


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    Jun 13th, 2010 6:00pm report

    This song isn't a hidden meaning type of song. It's as plain as it sounds. Just one person, convinving the other person to have sex in the road.


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    Dec 19th, 2009 12:58pm report

    Why are people even talking about Sexie Sadie under "Why Don't We Do it In the Road?" :) I think the song is pretty straight forward. It's a "naughty" little Paul song from the White Album. The repetitions of the lyric and roughness of the music are more about creating a mood than making literal sense. It's meant to conjure up something raunchy I think, insert your own raunchy idea.


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    Aug 14th, 2009 8:33pm report

    Adding to the Across the Universe rant above. Max is also supposed to be Kurt Cobain.


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    Apr 14th, 2009 4:14am report

    Umm, The Beatles were in India and George saw two monkeys doin it in the road. No one was bothered about it, saying sex can be simple without the games and innuendos.


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    Mar 8th, 2009 3:13pm report

    Okay, I am sick of people thinking they know what is actually going on in across the universe.
    Jude is Jude from Hey Jude. Not Paul.
    Sadie is a caricature Janis Joplin, and Sadie from Sexy Sadie. (the beatles song.)
    Jojo is Jimi Hendrix. Also "Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner..." (get back, the beatles song)
    Max is Max from Maxwell's Silver Hammer. (the beatles song)
    Prudence is Prudence from Dear Prudence. (the beatles song)
    Lucy is Lucy from Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. (the beatles song)
    And I thought this song is about them practicing for a show in the road. Not sex...

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