"Penny Lane" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
In Penny Lane, there is a barber showing photographs
Of every head he's had the pleasure to know
And all the people that come and go
Stop and say, "Hello"

On the corner is a banker with a motorcar
And little children laugh at him behind his back
And the banker never wears a mac
In the pouring rain, very strange

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies
I sit, and meanwhile back
In Penny Lane there is a fireman with an hourglass
And in his pocket is a portrait of the Queen
He likes to keep his fire engine clean
It's a clean machine

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
A four of fish and finger pies
In summer, meanwhile back
Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout
The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray
And though she feels as if she's in a play
She is anyway

In Penny Lane, the barber shaves another customer
We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim
And then the fireman rushes in
From the pouring rain, very strange

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies
I sit, and meanwhile back
Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies
Penny Lane!


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"Penny Lane" as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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    General CommentOh, Jeez, people, this is about the most sarcastic song I've ever heard, right up with "Sultans of Swing".

    Look, it's not straightforward at all. Let me break it down for you:

    "In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs
    Of ev’ry head he’s had the pleasure to know."

    He keeps a set of photos of everyone famous he's met, like an autograph book. Not too out there, but still strange behavior.

    "And all the people that come and go
    Stop and say ‘Hello’."

    The ordinary people of Penny Lane/Liverpool want to be near greatness, so they participate in the oddity, and stop in to look at the photos of people they'll never be.

    On the corner is a banker with a motorcar,
    The little children laugh at him behind his back."

    A rich banker (the motorcar shows he's rich) has lots of illegitimate children, their presence is mocking him (probably because he has to pay off their mothers)

    "And the banker never wears a mac
    In the pouring rain - very strange."

    Mack = raincoat = rubber = condom. Even though it's likely to get him ANOTHER illegitimate child (bastard), he continues to have sex without rubbers (because he's arrogant or likes the feeling better, whichever)

    "Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes,
    There beneath the blue suburban skies
    I sitt, and meanwhile back"

    He's (Paul) sitting observing and listening and ferreting out what is driving the people he sees - what's beneath the surface of their daily lives

    "In Penny Lane there is a fireman with an hourglass
    And in his pocket is a portrait of the Queen.
    He likes to keep his fire engine clean,
    It’s a clean machine."

    A man who keeps punctuality as a goal. Very indicative of the British Condition, subverting all of one's desires to an admiration and striving for a goal that one can keep, instead. He keeps a portrait of the Queen, another person he'll never reach or touch, but his perversion is that the Queen - a 'handsome' woman - is his masturbatory fantasy, and, like clockwork - punctually - he masturbates (keeps the fire engine clean) often - it is, after all, a clean machine, worthy of the Queen.

    "Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes,
    A four of fish and finger pies
    In summer meanwhile back"

    In the summer, when things are warm and free-er, boys finger women in the streets after dark...

    "Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout
    The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray."

    She's selling medical morphine and other narcotics to supplement her income. Nothing to do with war remembrance; it's a juxtaposition of the pretty nurse trafficking in stolen narcotics.

    "And though she feels as if she’s in a play
    She is anyway."

    Her actions are surreal to her, feeling justified because it's all unreal; but all the world's a stage, and she's a player doing it for Paul's benefit (his observation).

    "In Penny Lane, the barber shaves another customer,
    We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim"

    The Banker is waiting to see a mistress, and using the barber as a reason for being out of the office.

    "And then the fireman rushes in
    From the pouring rain - very strange."

    The fireman is afraid of women - the pouring rain symbolizes (as above) the potential for fathering children - and he rushes indoors (would rather masturbate because women terrify him).

    Now, children, THAT's what the song is about.
    Ummm...on August 26, 2007   Link

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