"Martha My Dear" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
Martha, my dear
Though I spend my days in conversation, please
Remember me
Martha, my love
Don't forget me
Martha, my dear

Hold your head up, you silly girl
Look what you've done
When you find yourself in the thick of it
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you
Silly girl

Take a good look around you
Take a good look you're bound to see
That you and me were meant to be
With each other
Silly girl

Hold you're hand out, you silly girl
See what you've done
When you find yourself in the thick of it
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you
Silly girl

Martha, my dear
You have always been my inspiration
Please, be good to me
Martha, my love
Don't forget me
Martha, my dear.


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"Martha My Dear" as written by John Winston Lennon John Lennon

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    General CommentPaul McCartney wrote this song for Martha, his sheepdog.
    Ferthukoon January 28, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about Jane Asher. They kept a relationship for about 5 years, and she was an inspiration for him indeed, since he wrote many songs for her. Jane broke up with him because of his infidelity. So, I think Paul wrote this song and he meant: "Look what you've done (about breaking up), when you find yourself in the thick of it help yourself to a bit of what is all around you, silly girl (when you are involved in a situation, all you have to do is benefit from what you can benefit and forget about the bad aspects of it, you've been dating a beatle, look at how much you could enjoy and benefit from that, but you care about fidelity, that' so silly!), "take a good look around you" (see what you've missed). At the end he does a "mea culpa", he feels kind of guilty and recognizes her value: "you have always been my inspiration" and asks "be good to me" and "don't forget me". When the white album was released, he had been already dating Linda, so that he used his doggie's name to disguise it. I think that is what this song is all about.
    anadinaon November 25, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti love the intro to this song- it's so pretty and upbeat
    Em of Argyllon June 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpaul wrote this song for his former love interest jane asher. but during the time he was dating linda eastman. the inspiration for the song came from paul believing that he and jane were meant to be together.
    iheartthebeatleson July 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHmmm... deserves much more than a mere nine comments, so I'll make it ten. By the way, I love when it switches to the guitar pop beat at 1:00.
    tranquilasadoveon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt was written about Jane Asher. Asher was McCartney's muse in the sense that he wrote many, many songs about her: "For No One," "Things We Said Today," etc. Basically most of his songs from 1965 and 1966 were about Asher. Agree too that McCartney was not over their relationship at this point: "don't forget me," etc.
    henrythehosson April 13, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionI agree with anadina on this one, for all the reasons that anadina listed in her interpretation of "Martha My Dear." Paul's sheepdog's name was indeed Martha, but I don't believe he wrote such a sweet, melancholy sounding melody about a dog! No. I believe this song was about Jane Asher too. Paul had written many songs about Jane when they were a couple. "Here, There and Everywhere" was one of them. Jane had broken up with Paul when she found him with another woman.
    BatmanBon March 11, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI think it shows how much Paul loved his doggy! LOL She was cute.
    LennonLivesOnon March 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentPaul said that this song isn't about his sheepdog, Martha. But he said that's where he took the name from. Either way, I can still see this song being about his dog.
    Egghead15229on June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentEgghead's right, it's not about his sheepdog. It's about Paul's "Muse," who I guess he named Martha. He named his sheepdog after his muse, and this song is about the real Martha.
    cynicalreject7on April 15, 2005   Link

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