"What's the New Mary Jane" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
She looks as an African queen,
She eating twelve chapattis and cream,
She tastes as Mongolian lamb,
She coming from out of Bahran.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
What a shame Mary Jane.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
She like to be married with Yeti,
He grooving such cooky spaghetti,
She jumping as Mexican bean
To make that her body more thin.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
What a shame Mary Jane.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
She catch Patagonian pancake
With that one a gin party makes.
She having all the ways good contacts,
She making with Apple an contract.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
What a shame Mary Jane.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.

All together now:
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
What a shame Mary Jane.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
She looks as an African queen,
She tastes as Mongolian lamb.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
What a shame Mary Jane.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.
What a shame Mary Jane.
What a shame Mary Jane
Had a pain at the party.


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"What's the New Mary Jane" as written by John Winston Lennon John Lennon

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  • +1
    General Commentim pretty sure the lyrics go "she jumping as mexican bean, to make that her body more thin" not morphine. It makes alot more sense...
    mojomonkeyon March 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, mojomonkey is correct. It's "more thin".
    majestikmoose9on January 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThsi song is inspired (or even co-written) by Syd Barrett (leader of early Pink Floyd). Pink Floyd and the Beatles both worked and recorded in the Abbey Road Studios and were inspirated by each other.
    It even sounds a bit like early Pink Floyd (1967's Piper At The Gates Of Dawn era).

    It was also known under the title "What A Shame Mary Jane".
    reptileon April 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's " she coming from Aldebaran" not " she's coming from out of bahran"
    Sublime0126on March 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrected.
    Philadelphia Eagleson January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits just lennon messing about with words. his imagination was wild and original and had such a capasity for writing weird nonsence. its quite a talent.
    LindaRonstadton March 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. Just heard it last night.
    "She like to be married with Yeti
    He grooving such cooky spaghetti"
    My favorite line.
    Johnny0225on March 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLennon first recorded this song on the Esher tape in May 1968, as a demo for the white album. It's certainly NOT anything to do with Syd Barrett (who regurgitated this guff?) who only met Lennon once (March 1967) and by 1968 was incapable of doing anything remotely sensible. When the song was recorded (by Lennon, Yoko Ono, and perhaps George Harrison and Mal Evans) Barrett was on holiday in Spain.

    Though the song is clearly a psychedelic joke, it's almost certainly NOT a nonsense poem like "I Am The Walrus". There are no other examples of Lennon nonsense poems from this period. It seems most likely to be a song about Yoko, whom Lennon hooked up with in early May (before the Esher recordings). The "pain" of the title would likely be the things that were clouding the newfound love Lennon and Ono had found: his current wife (and her current husband!), the rest of the band, and most of all, press reactions to Ono (though I admit: it's not clear when the press first got a whiff of the relationship, so it might actually be "friends" (eg McCartney) making cruel comments.

    The first verse appears to be all reactions about Yoko's appearance: a weird-looking foreigner. The last line is certainly "out of Iran" incidentally. There are a couple of references in the song to Yoko's weight. She thought herself fat at the time (too fat for a Beatles girlfriend) and desperately tried to lose weight. Reactions to the "Two Virgins" nude cover show that the press still thought her fat, months later.

    The Yeti is Lennon himself, of course, and "she tastes..." is one of his normal sexual references to Yoko. The references to Patagonian pancakes and "an gin party" are presumably private jokes. Yoko Ono signed to an Apple contract in 1968.
    bobbygobobon April 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about having diarrhea in the back of a tour bus.
    OddLeggedOswldon September 15, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentMary Jane.....marijuana.... you do the math.
    ZoSo028on February 12, 2005   Link

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