Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rocky Raccoon

"Rocky Raccoon" was one of the many songs McCartney wrote while in India. The western-themed song was supposedly influenced by Lennon and Donovan Leitch, although they never claimed any song-writing credit. The interesting Beatles fact for this song is that the working title was "Rocky Sassoon."

McCartney sings the lead vocal and plays acoustic guitar; Lennon plays harmonica and does backing vocal; Harrison plays bass and does a backing vocal; Starr plays drums, and george Martin plays a honky-tonk piano.

The lines "Her name was McGill/But she called herself Lil,/But Everyone knew her as Nancy" are clearly referncing a prostiture in the Old West, one who had a professional name and reputation.

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