The Paul McCartney Project

Lavatory Lil'

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney III Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2020

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Recording "McCartney III"

April - June 2020 ?

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Song facts

Lavatory Lil’” is a track from 2020 album “McCartney III“.

Tell us about “Lavatory Lil”. This is a bit of light relief?

To tell you the truth, she was someone we rubbed up against. You get a few of ’em in life, these people who screw you over. I thought, ‘I’ll have you. I’ll write a song. You’ll never know it’s about you because I won’t tell anyone. But I’ll know. And people who know who I’m talking about will know.’ So I drew on my dislike of this individual and made her into a song character. It’s a simple little song, and I love playing it. The vocal was the first take. It’s like I say, if you think you’re doing a posh, important album, you might go over the vocal and think you can improve it. But this was: “It’ll do.” My missus gave me this beautiful little 1954 Telecaster which I haven’t played too much until this album, so it gave me a great chance on the lead part of “Lil”.

Paul McCartney, in UNCUT interview, January 2021

“Lavatory Lil” is a parody of someone I didn’t like. Someone I was working with who turned out to be a bit of a baddie. I thought things were great; it turned nasty. So I made up the character Lavatory Lil and remembered some of the things that had gone on and put them in the song. I don’t need to be more specific than that. I will never divulge who it was.

Paul McCartney – from interview with New York Times, November 29, 2020

Last updated on November 30, 2020

Lyrics

You think she's being friendly
But she's looking for a Bentley

She says it's hunky-dory
When she's telling you a story
But she really thinks you’re making her ill

Officially appears on


McCartney III

Official album • Released in 2020

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals

Session Recording:
April - June 2020 ?
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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