I heard an interesting story about this song. There is a town in England called Ryde and back in those days (1940's through the 1960's) if a young woman became an unwed mother, her parents...

I think I'm gonna be sad,
I think it's today, yeah
The girl that's driving me mad
Is going away

She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
But she don't care

She said that living with me
Is bringing her down yeah
For she would never be free
When I was around

She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
But she don't care

I don't know why she's ridin' so high,
She ought to think twice,
She ought to do right by me
Before she gets to saying goodbye,
She ought to think twice,
She ought to do right by me
I think I'm gonna be sad,
I think it's today yeah
The girl that's driving me mad
Is going away, yeah

She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
But she don't care

I don't know why she's ridin' so high,
She ought to think twice,
She ought to do right by me
Before she gets to saying goodbye,
She ought to think twice,
She ought to do right by me
She said that living with me,
Is bringing her down, yeah
For she would never be free
When I was around

Ah, she's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride,
But she don't care

My baby don't care, my baby don't care
My baby don't care, my baby don't care
My baby don't care, my baby don't care



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"Ticket to Ride" as written by John Lennon, Paul Mccartney

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    General Comment:One time I bought a ticket to ride the bus. I went to the fair and drank some cider. That was a good day.
    bertcampbellon June 25, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:A lot of you are on the right track. I know what this song is about as I saw it on a documentary of The Beatles. The song was actually called Ticket to Rye. But when the Beatles came over to the states, the music label they were under made them change the title to Ticket To Ride. Why you ask? Because Rye was a city in the UK where a woman could get an abortion. Listen to the song, and you will see what the song is about. The man wants the woman to get an abortion but "she don't care."

    She said that living with me,
    Is bringing her down yeh,
    For she would never be free when I was around.
    She’s got a ticket to Rye,
    She’s got a ticket to Ryeeee,
    She’s got a ticket to Rye, but she don’t care.
    I don’t know why she’s riding so high,
    She ought to think twice,
    She ought to do right by me.
    I think I’m gonna be sad,
    I think it’s today, yeh,
    The girl that’s driving me mad,
    Is going away.
    She’s got a ticket to Rye,
    She’s got a ticket to Ryeeee,
    She’s got a ticket to Rye, but she don’t care.

    And for those who think that it went from Rye to Ride as a translation mistake... No...
    But here is the definitive answer to the questions.
    Good day.
    guybrush22on April 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think the lyrics of this song are pretty self-explanatory. The woman that a guy is madly in love with is leaving him. This is one of my most favorite Beatles songs, if not the most, mainly because I can relate to it. I fell in love with my best friend a while back, and he eventually found out. It was sad, mainly because I had always envisioned that moment to be just right, but it hadn't been. Instead, our friendship has become awkward, especially when we discuss our attractions to other people. I feel like a part of him has left me, because as they say in the song "for she [he in this case] would never be free when I was around"
    rockenpnayon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Can't believe there aren't more posts on this song (as of this writing anyway). The Beatles had so many great ones but sometimes I feel that this was far and away their best moment. Maybe it's just as Rockenpnay said, I can relate to the lyrics. It's probably a univesal feeling for anyone that's had someone them break up with them unless you feel that they were totally out of your league anyway. I especially relate to the line that says "I don’t know why she’s riding so high, She ought to do right by me." That poignant lyric combined with the uptempo melody makes for one of the best songs for an aching heart. And that's exactly what I'm going through right now.
    DLM1129on July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is just about when someone you want to be around has better things to do than hang around with you. It's simply about a girl who has better things to do than be with John Lennon. Seems hard to believe, but some chicks have a lot going on!
    Starguitaron May 14, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:not that i think that is what the song is about, but lennon was inspired to write this while touring in holland where before one could legally prostitute themselves they had to be cleared medically...the documentation verifying one's medical clearance was known as a "ticket to ride"
    ZinbobDanon June 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:one of ringos best drums
    dylanthomason December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Well if you really listen it sounds like they are saying 'Rye' not 'Ride.'
    LonesomeTravelleron January 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:and what does rye have to do with the song? are you a pot head or something?
    ThreeDogNighton February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I've heard that this song is about a girl getting a ticket to Ryde, a city in the Isle of Wight.
    ZoSo028on February 12, 2005   Link

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