"Sexy Sadie," a Lennon composition issued on the White Album, was inspired by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Indeed, the working title of the song (and original lyric) was "Maharishi." Lennon wrote the song right before leaving India when he suspected that the Maharishi had been taking advantage of several young women, which didn't strike Lennon as very spiritual in nature.
The song was recorded on July 19, 1968 at Abbey Road Studios, but re-recorded on July 24 and August 13. Overdubs were added on August 21.
Lennon provides lead and backing vocals and plays acoustic guitar; McCartney plays bass, piano, and provides a backing vocal; Harrison plays lead guitar and provides a backing vocal; and Starr plays drums and tambourine.
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