"Mrs. Vandebilt" as written by and Paul Mccartney Linda Mccartney`....
Down in the jungle, living in a tent
You don't use money, you don't pay rent
You don't ever know the time
But you don't mind

Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho

When your light is on the blink
You never think of worrying
What's the use of worrying?

When your bus has left the stop
You'd better drop your hurrying
What's the use of hurrying?

Leave me alone Mrs. Vandebilt
I've got plenty of time of my own

What's the use of worrying?
What's the use of hurrying?
What's the use of anything?

Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho

What's the use of worrying?
What's the use of hurrying?
What's the use of anything?

Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho

When your pile is on the wane
You don't complain of robbery
Run away don't bother me

What's the use of worrying?
What's the use of anything?

Leave me alone Mrs. Washington
I've done plenty of time on my own

What's the use of worrying?
What's the use of hurrying?
What's the use of anything?

Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho
Ho, hey ho
...



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"Mrs Vandebilt" as written by Paul Mccartney Linda Mccartney`

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    General Commentthis song is awesome. great bass!
    Tempus Fugiton September 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlike a hobo...when you have nothing, you've got nothing to worry/hurry about.
    gunshotsuicideon April 23, 2006   Link
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    Song ComparisonI prefer the live version on Good Evening New York City. He sings "What's the use of worryIN'?" instead of "What's the the use of worryING?" and it flows much better.
    jedicharleson October 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMy take on this song is a man speaking to the wealthy class that he doesn't need any of their money, he doesn't want to have anything to do with them or their world. Happiness does not come from wealth and far too many people believe otherwise, but this man knows better. He would rather live poor than working himself to death as a cog in the machine of the elites.
    jayolsenon December 09, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationMy take is that this sums up his experience trying to make an album in Lagos, where the studio was ramshackle and he was at one point robbed by five armed men.

    Having been to Africa, I can see the attitude of the people summed up quite well. On the one hand, there is nothing wrong with this attitude as you don't worry and life rolls on without the fretting. On the other hand, things don't get done. You live in a tent in the jungle, your electricity hardly works, no one is ever on time because no ones care about what time it is. Macca is left asking, 'what's the use of anything' with this attitude? He certainly wouldn't be the musician he is if he thought like that.

    In this context Vanderbilt is a reference to the Dutch colonials and slavery. Mrs. Venderbilt is asking the natives to do things, but they don't want to 'I've got plenty of time of my own'. This might be a bit of a stretch, but perhaps then Washington is a reference to the US and its history of slavery, the consequences of this attitude was slavery, and the refrain changes to 'I've done plenty of time'?

    In summary, I think Macca was just really pissed off with Lagos and his experiences there and was venting in this song :)
    kris107831on June 26, 2017   Link

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