Polythene Pam (Lennon/McCartney)

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Polythene Pam (Lennon/McCartney)

“Polythene Pam” was two people John knew from earlier in life, one being a groupie who actually ate polythene, and the girlfriend of a friend of John’s who dressed in polythene.

Quotes

“That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England’s answer to Allen Ginsberg…I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn’t wear jack boots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about.” – John Lennon

“I liked ‘Polythene Pam’ because of its Liverpool-ness. Nobody writes comic stuff that still has a certain seriousness about it. ‘Polythene Pam’ was a really good rock ‘n’ roll song, but it bothers me sometimes when [there’s] something so obviously funny and nobody laughs and nobody ever gets it.” – George Harrison

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead vocal, 12-string acoustic guitar
  • Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass guitar
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitars
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • Unknown – tambourine, maracas, cowbell, “whipcrack” percussion

Release history

Notable covers

  • Booker T. & the MGs (from McLemore Avenue)