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Mark Casiglio
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"Run for Your Life" by the Beatles just came up on shuffle on my i-tunes and it occurs to me that I've never really listened to the lyrics and HOLY CRAP! Under that that lively pop ditty are some lyrics that would make a gangster rapper feel uneasy. Well, maybe not but I mean ...

"I'd rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won't know where I am"


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Another surprising one is from Getting Better:
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I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved.


My favorite that is not so surprising (the whole song is creepy):
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Yellow matter custard...dripping from a dead dog's eye goo


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Csigs wrote:
"I'd rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won't know where I am"



I've always been struck by the misplaced modifier in this song (it's a cover, so the Beatles don't get dinged for the writing).

"I'd rather see you dead than to be with another man" means that I would rather you die than for me to be with a man.

I think what they mean is "I'd rather see you dead than to see you with another man" but that doesn't really fit the beat (back beat or otherwise).

But yeah, beyond the jarring homophobia, it's even more jarring in it's, you know, stalking and murdering.
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That's one of my least favorite Beatles tunes, partly because of that line. On the other hand, "Hey Joe" is one of my favorite Hendrix songs (cover, of course; and I also enjoy many of the other covers, especially the Seeds').
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FWIW Lennon said the song was a knock-off and he was embarrassed by it. But misogyny was rampant back then (and still is, of course.) My sister once asked ex-husband what he would have done if he had found her with another man while they were married, and he rather matter-of-factly said he would have killed both of them.

But "Run For Your Life" doesn't hold a candle to the virulent song, I don't remember the title, with lyrics

I GOTcha!
Uh huh, huh,
You thought you'd get away from me, didn't ya.
Uh huh, huh,
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twixter wrote:
My sister once asked ex-husband what he would have done if he had found her with another man while they were married, and he rather matter-of-factly said he would have killed both of them.

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Finally! It took a lot of posts before somebody dropped the appropriate Iron Maiden reference!
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The Beatles suck. Gatorade's better.
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