"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
Desmond has a barrow in the marketplace
Molly is the singer in a band
Desmond says to Molly girl I like your face
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand

Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on
Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on

Desmond takes a trolley to the jeweler's store
Buys a twenty carat golden ring
Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door
And as he gives it to her she begins to sing

Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on
Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on

In a couple of years they have built
A home sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones

Happy ever after in the market place
Desmond lets the children lend a hand
Molly stays at home and does her pretty face
And in the evening she still sings it with the band

Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on
Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on

In a couple of years they have built
A home sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones

Happy ever after in the market place
Molly lets the children lend a hand
Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face
And in the evening he's a singer with the band

Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on
Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on

And if you want some fun sing ob la di bla da


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"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" as written by John Winston Lennon John Lennon

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  • +2
    General CommentPaul did indeed make an error at the end, and the other three Beatles liked it enough that the kept it in. The phrase Ob-la-di Ob-la-da means "life goes on". Also, Paul actually heard the phrase from a Nigerian congo player in a group called Bad Manners named Jimmy Anonmuogharan Scott Emuakpor. Jimmy actually tried to sue him for using that phrase, a lot of events followed, and Jimmy dropped the case after Paul payed the support money that Jimmy owed his ex-wife and they both became close friends afterward.
    BrainDamageon August 24, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti dont know how anyone can h8 this song, its so upbeat and cherpy
    salty1690on March 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpaul screwed up in the end of the song:
    "Happy ever after in the market place
    Molly lets the children lend a hand.
    Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face
    And in the evening she’s singer with the band."

    they felt it went along with the general silliness of the choon, so they kept the take.

    ...at least that's the story i heard.
    roger wilcoon June 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn error in the following comment I made:

    Its not the "Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face", which is correct, but the "And in the evening he's a singer with the band" line which should read "And in the evening SHE'S a singer with the band"
    brlamonton April 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPaul actually wrote this song after being in Rishi Kesh (not sure if that's the spelling). It's a very happy song, I enjoy it lots.
    0coolon January 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey Roger, I got one word for you...WRONG!!
    SVon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwasnt this the theme song to a show?
    shenry10on June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRoger is right. And after Paul sings "...lend a hand" you can hear John shouting "Foot!" and George yelling "Leg!".

    Musically, a completely incompetent attempt at white Reggae (see also Simon & Grfunkel's "Why Don't You Write Me?") but a great singalong standard.

    Paul had a Jamaican friend who was a bandleader, and he was the originator of the phrase "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da life goes on bra".
    butterfingersbeckon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBad Manners? Surely not the same Bad Manners that had a string of Ska hits in the early 1980s, fronted by a huge skinhead named Buster Bloodvessel? Which coincidentally was also the name of the bus driver in Magical Mystery Tour...
    butterfingersbeckon August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Offspring had a hit that was basically a paradoy of this, "Why Don't You Get a Job". Beatles are much better.
    deathbearon March 28, 2003   Link

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