- Mean Mr. Mustard
"Mean Mr. Mustard" Song by The Beatles from the album Abbey Road Released 26 September 1969 Recorded 24–29 July 1969,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock Length 1:06 Label Apple Writer Lennon–McCartney Producer George Martin Abbey Road track listing 17 tracks
- Side one
- "Come Together"
- "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
- "Oh! Darling"
- "Octopus's Garden"
- "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
- Side two
"Mean Mr. Mustard" is a song written by John Lennon, (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and performed by The Beatles on their album Abbey Road. The Abbey Road version was recorded with "Sun King" in one continuous piece.
The song was written in India; Lennon said that it was inspired by a newspaper story about a miser who concealed his cash wherever he could in order to prevent people from forcing him to spend it. On reflection, he did not think highly of the composition, describing it in Anthology as "a bit of crap I wrote in India."
A demo version of the song was recorded in May 1968 at Kinfauns, George Harrison's home in Esher, and appears on Anthology 3. In that version, Mustard's sister is named Shirley. Lennon changed it to Pam when he saw the opportunity to ease the segue into the song "Polythene Pam", which follows "Mean Mr. Mustard" on the album. According to Lennon, "In 'Mean Mr. Mustard', I said 'his sister Pam'—originally it was 'his sister Shirley' in the lyric. I changed it to Pam to make it sound like it had something to do with it." Additionally, the original version of the song was a quieter acoustic rendition and was over 4 minutes in length.
As eventually recorded, "Mustard" originally was to end in the chord of D major--this would have led into the next track in the climactic medley, "Her Majesty". However, since the latter song was moved to the end of the album, "Mustard" instead hard-edits into "Polythene Pam", and thus the final note of "Mustard" would open "Her Majesty" as a stand-alone track at the album's conclusion. The complete version of "Mustard" (with its original clean ending) can be heard on The Beatles: Rock Band video game.
The version in the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film was performed by Mean Mr. Mustard (played by Frankie Howerd) and his evil robot companions named the Computerettes. As with the performance of "She's Leaving Home", also in the film, the computerised singing of the Computerettes was performed by the Bee Gees.
- John Lennon – lead and harmony vocals, piano, maracas
- Paul McCartney – harmony vocals, fuzz bass guitar
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
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Abbey Road Related articles SongsHere Comes the Sun" · "Because" · "You Never Give Me Your Money" / "Sun King" / "Mean Mr. Mustard" / "Polythene Pam" / "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" / "Golden Slumbers" / "Carry That Weight" / "The End" · "Her Majesty
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