"She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
She came in through the bathroom window
Protected by a silver spoon
But now she sucks her thumb and wanders
By the banks of her own lagoon

Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday's on the phone to me

She said she'd always been a dancer
She worked at fifteen clubs a day
And though she thought I knew the answer
Well I knew what I could not say.

And so I quit the police department
And got myself a steady job
And though she tried her best to help me
She could steal but she could not rob

Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday's on the phone to me
Oh yeah.


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"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" as written by John Winston Lennon, Paul James Mccartney

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  • +2
    My InterpretationSomethin like this:

    She’s a spoiled run away who became a prostitute.
    He’s a cop but secretly a pimp on the side. Her pimp.
    He instructs her to steal the wallets of her patrons.
    When one day she tried to break in and rob her pimp’s apartment not knowing he’s also cop, his cop buddies, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (all cop last names – ala Joe Friday) let him know. Now he must pretend he doesn’t know her. He doesn’t press charges. But sure enough it gets out that he does know her. And more importantly, how he knows her. Then he resigns in disgrace, becomes a full time criminal, but the girl gets caught breaking in again somewhere else. Now they’re both caught. She gets sent home. And he’s singing this song from jail.
    LikeASlowCometon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Sunday's on the phone to Monday, Tuesday's on the phone to me" is a play on words describing how fast gossip is spread.
    tara23465on September 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI didn't know about the break-in until I read it here, but I'd always vaguely imagined that it was about a girl from a privileged background ("protected by a silver spoon" - 'born with a silver spoon in your mouth'), but who was playing at being bohemian. I have an image of a girl with blonde hair climbing through a window to see her lover. She had abandoned her wealthy parents' hopes for her and was working as a dancer in clubs or the stage, even though she didn't have to, unlike the other girls, and still had the comfort of knowing she could go back to her parents.

    The lines "And so I quit the police department/ And got myself a steady job/And though she tried her best to help me/ She could steal, but she could not rob", well, obviously a policeman is a steady job if ever there was one, so I took it ironically to mean he turned to crime as it paid better, 'steady' in that sense. And then I thought maybe the girl was a bit useless at robbing, and the line "she could steal but she could not rob" I imagined might be about how the middle/upper classes that she comes from "steal" from the working class by taking advantage of them, but are unprepared to actually go out robbing houses.

    But that was just my imagination, I don't know what they were thinking of when they wrote it! The burglary at Paul's house makes a bit more sense of the context, but the last verse is still a bit of nonsensical fantasy, I think.

    I love this song.
    luciemabelleon June 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd so I quit the police department and got myself a steady job...two and a half decades of policing a ghetto and I fully appreciate what Paul is talking about!
    EightDavid3on February 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"and though she tried her best to help me, she could steal, but she could not rob"

    it sounds like shes not good enough for him
    she always tried yet it was never enough

    it would make sense in the context of him trying to pull a heist but can not
    bc she helps and is not good enough!
    and she talked herself up a bunch by saying she could make all this money
    "She said she'd always been a dancer, She worked at 15 clubs a day"
    but come on, its The Beatles, there has to be something deeper

    thats just an idea

    however, i've listened to this song ever since i was young and it always sounded like it was sexual
    british065on January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPaul actually wrote this song after some teenage girls broke into his house through the bathroom window.
    song4juliaon January 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat tune, the longer version is interesting as well.
    infidelon April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe version off of Anthology 2, disc 2 is great...
    ButtOfMalmseyon May 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPaul wrote this track during a trip to America in June 68 doing business with Capitol records, where he recommenced his relationship with Linda Eastman.

    The line "..and so I quit the police department" was inspired by the name of the police officer in New York, who was assigned to him. Paul noticed that his name was Eugene Quits and so he worked part of the name into the final verse.
    Bobo192on March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeh, people think it has to do with Paul's "death"... teehee.
    indignityon April 16, 2003   Link

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