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 ?

Related interviews


Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) chat

Dec 23, 2020 • From Reddit


"McCartney III" Twitter Listening Party

Dec 21, 2020 • From Tim's Twitter Listening Party

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Song facts

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

One thing we know about ‘Lavatory Lil’ is this… We will never know who Paul wrote the song about! We do know that the character is based on someone who Paul worked with, that turned into a bit of a baddie. Paul recorded the song using a vintage 1954 Telecaster guitar gifted to him by his wife Nancy. To get the great blues rock sound on the song, Paul played the Telecaster through his Vox AC30 amp.

From Spotify Storyline. Storyline is a feature of Spotify that gives behind-the-scenes information from artists about their songs, presented with a carousel of cards featuring a combination of text and images.

“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

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

Paul McCartney slightly changed his story, during the “McCartney III” Twitter Listening Party, claiming “Lavatory Lil’” was a fictitious character (maybe because a lot of commentators thought and wrote that “Lavatory Lil’” could be Heather Mills, Paul’s second wife):

Lavatory Lil’ is about anybody that you don’t like and that you didn’t get on with and I think in our lives we have a lot of people like that. It’s not about anyone in particular but it is a fictitious character. It harks back to one of John’s old songs, Polythene Pam, and what you do is you take half an idea of someone, you just make a fiction about what they do and what they’re like, so that was Lavatory Lil’. 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 – from the “McCartney III” Tim’s Twitter Listening Party, December 21, 2020

An alternative version of “Lavatory Lil’” was released as a bonus track on some versions of “McCartney III“.

In 2021, for the “McCartney III Imagined” project, American musician Josh Homme reimagined “Lavatory Lil’“.

From Universal Music – Calling all musicians – McCartney III is almost here! Teasers are popping up in cities across the globe, sharing excerpts of the sheet music from each song.We would love to see your takes on each song. Join in the fun by recording your own version! – In Toronto
Screenshot of Spotify Storyline

Last updated on April 18, 2021

Lyrics

Look out for Lavatory Lil
Look out for Lavatory Lil
You think that she’s a winner
When she’s cooking you your dinner
But she’s really moving in for the kill
Lavatory Lil

Watch out for Lavatory Lil
Watch out for Lavatory Lil
She says it’s hunky dory
When she’s telling you her story
But she really thinks you’re making her ill
Lavatory Lil

If you saw it coming at you
You could look the other way
But it isn’t easy
When she’s rolling in the hay

So much for Lavatory Lil
So much for Lavatory Lil
You think she’s being friendly
But she’s looking for a Bentley
And she’d rather go and swallow a pill
Lavatory Lil

If you saw that she was coming
You could get up off the track
But it isn’t easy
When she hits you in the back

That’s it for Lavatory Lil
That’s it for Lavatory Lil
She’s acting like a starlet
But she’s looking like a harlot
As she’s slowly heading over the hill

Lavatory Lil
Lavatory Lil

Variations


A Album version

B Studio outtake

C "McCartney III Imagined" version

Officially appears on


McCartney III

Official album • Released in 2020

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog bass, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

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


McCartney III (Deluxe Digital Album)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:06 • OuttakeB • Studio outtake

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Engineer

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


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Blue Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog bass, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

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


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Red Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog bass, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

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


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition White Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog bass, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

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


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Yellow Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog bass, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

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


McCartney III (Deluxe Edition Red Cover CD)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:06 • OuttakeB • Studio outtake

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Engineer

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


McCartney III (Deluxe Digital Album)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog bass, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

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


McCartney III (Japanese edition - Limited release)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:06 • OuttakeB • Studio outtake

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Engineer, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Engineer

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


McCartney III (Japanese edition - Limited release)

Official album • Released in 2020

2:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Drums, Electric guitar, Moog bass, Producer, Vocals
Keith Smith :
Assistant engineer
Steve Orchard :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer

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


Films


Lavatory Lil' (Lyric video)

2020 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Lucy Dyson


Lavatory Lil (Visualizer)

2021 • For Paul McCartney

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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Peter Rankin 1 years ago

"And she robbed golden swan" doesn't make sense. The guy who sings it on Youtube sings "She's probably taken a pill" which makes better sense. Can you find out which it is


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Hi Peter,
Thanks for the comment.
Listening to the McCartney's version, it's def not "She's probably taken a pill", and it's hard for me to get the real word - I heard sthg like "And she robbed the golden swan of a pill", which doesn't really make sense, right ?
8 days to wait, to get the real lyrics printed !!


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