Mean Mr. Mustard (Lennon/McCartney)

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Mean Mr. Mustard (Lennon/McCartney)

Much like A Day In The Life and She’s Leaving Home, Mean Mr. Mustard was taken from a newpaper story about a man who hid his money so no one could make him spend it. The song was also inspired by a bag lady in London who slept in the park and kept her belongings in plastic bags.

The articles

About The Beatles - Mean Mr. Mustard Original Newspaper Article #1

The Daily Record article from June 7, 1967. Note that “mean” describes his frugality, not his temperament.

About The Beatles - Mean Mr. Mustard Original Newspaper Article #2

Another newspaper article about John Mustard.

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead and harmony vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, maracas
  • Paul McCartney – harmony vocals, fuzz bass
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine

Release history