Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won't you come out to play

Dear Prudence open up your eyes
Dear Prudence see the sunny skies
The wind is low the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Dear Prudence won't you open up your eyes?

Look around round
Look around round round
Look around

Dear Prudence let me see you smile
Dear Prudence like a little child
The clouds will be a daisy chain
So let me see you smile again
Dear Prudence won't you let me see you smile?

Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won't you come out to play



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"Dear Prudence" as written by John Winston Lennon, Paul James Mccartney

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    General Comment:This song written by John is a tribute to Prudence Farrow, the sister of Mia Farrow. She inspired the song for Lennon at the Maharishi's retreat, when she would not join the activities, staying instead in long periods of medication. The others wanted her to join them and Lennon enticed her to join in. Lennon improved on the song by adding visions of world beauty. It was probably the only positive song to come out of Lennon's many visits to India.

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    J.Diddyon July 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I love this song. It is one of my favorites to play on guitar. But why would anyone want to name their child Prudence? Maybe it was an ok name back then in England.
    song4juliaon January 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song was written about Prudence Farrow, (Mia's sister), whom the band met in their days with the Maharishi.
    Ferthukoon January 28, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:yeah its about prudence farrow, but i think u can apply it to maybe a girl u know that is beautiful and really cool but for some reason she shuts herself out form the world and stays away from human contact cuz shes been hurt. we all can relate. we all know a prudence... "it's beautiful and so are you, dear prudence..."
    Bickleon August 15, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This is one of my favorite songs on the White Album. It's just really uplifting and happy. It never fails to make me smile. I really like the fact that John wrote this song to try and cheer someone up. It's really just about getting out into the world and living your life.
    strawberry_fieldson March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:thats my sisters name-lucky her
    JohnLennon4Everon April 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:yeah, this song was written for prudence to make her come out of her room (basically because she had shut herself up).
    weezerific:cutleryon April 12, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:u mean *meditation?
    DryYourTearson August 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:About "round round round"-- "rounding" is a kind of extended meditation done at Transcendental Meditation retreats. I think that is what Prudence Farrow is doing, rather than coming out to play. My impression of this song is that John is goofing off, while Prudence is being serious about her meditation, and he wants her to come play with her. She was really quite fantastically beautiful.
    jsimonoffon April 28, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:Why does everyone think this song is uplifting? It always makes me feel like I'm going to cry (which isn't easy to do). Maybe it started out as an actual persuasion, as discussed above, I don't know the whole story, but I think the final version is much broader. "Prudence" could be a reference to people who are "prudish", and I'm not talking about sexually, but way too serious and uptight, or maybe chronically depressed, or too caught up in pop culture to realize the joy of life. They never do anything for enjoyment, they just stay inside brooding (actually or metaphorically). John is initially very hopeful, he expounds on the beauty of the world and how wonderful everything is, but as prudence continues to ignore him he ends up pleading "won't you let me see you smile?" I guess that's an open ended way to finish, but for some reason I get the impression that the evils of life win out and prudence never smiles. Maybe it's because I've seen "prudence" in way too many people who never think positively, and quite possibly never think about anything constructive or creative at all.
    dnspiral9on July 04, 2003   Link

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