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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Abbey Road Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and performed by the Beatles on their album Abbey Road as the fifth song of the Abbey Road medley.

Origin

McCartney said the song was inspired by Apple scruffs (dedicated fans who hung around outside the Abbey Road studio, the Apple Corps offices, and the individual homes of the Beatles), who broke into McCartney’s St John’s Wood home. Diane Ashley says: “We were bored, he was out and so we decided to pay him a visit. We found a ladder in his garden and stuck it up at the bathroom window which he’d left slightly open. I was the one who climbed up and got in.” She then opened the front door to let the others in. The scruffs also stole a number of photographs in addition to clothes. Another Apple scruff, Margo Bird, remembers being good friends with McCartney—she would often take his dog for walks—and later got a job at Apple Corps. She says that she was asked to retrieve a photograph of his father Jim, which she did.

Recording

The rhythm track was recorded by the Beatles for this and “Polythene Pam” as one piece on 25 July 1969. After take 39, they added lead vocals, and re-recorded the drums and bass parts. On 28 July they added more vocals, guitar, percussion and piano. The song was completed two days later with additional guitar and percussion. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” segues abruptly after “Polythene Pam“, the song on the preceding track, without pause. At the very beginning of the song, in anticipation of the change of tempo, John Lennon says “well listen to that Mal (referring to Mal Evans)… heh-heh” and then shouts “Oh, look out!

A slower, ethereal version of this song, recorded during the Let It Be sessions, appears on Anthology 3.

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

[After two weeks of exploring New York, Paul, Linda and Heather took a yellow cab to Kennedy Airport, bound for London. […] Paul was working on the song ‘She Came in through the Bathroom Window’ at the time, but still needed a final verse. He looked at the police identification panel mounted on the dashboard of the cab. There was a mug shot of the driver and his name; stencilled in large black letters: ‘Eugene Quits’; beneath that was written ‘New York Police Dept’.] So I got ‘So I quit the police department’, which are part of the lyrics to that. This was the great thing about the randomness of it all. If I hadn’t been in this guy’s cab, or if it had been someone else driving, the song would have been different. Also I had a guitar there so I could solidify it into something straight away.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] stereo 14 Aug 1969. crossfaded 14 Aug 1969.
    UK: Apple PCS 7088 Abbey Road 1969.
    US: Apple SO-383 Abbey Road 1969.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46446 2 Abbey Road 1987.

[Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window] were recorded straight through. The crossfade joins this to the preceding song, Sun King / Mean Mr Mustard.

Last updated on November 29, 2016

Lyrics

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 15 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

Officially appears on


Abbey Road

Official album • Released in 1969

1:59 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric piano, Lead guitar, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Cowbell, Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon:
12-string acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Handclaps, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer

Session Recording & overdubs:
Jul 25, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jul 28, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs & mixing:
Jul 30, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Anthology 3

Official album • Released in 1996

3:37 • OuttakeB • Stereo • Recording from the first day of the Savile Row sessions. The performance of She Came In Through The Bathroom Window is a rehearsal, Paul running the Beatles through one of his latest compositions. The song did not surface again in these Get Back sessions but, uptempo, would become a part of the Abbey Road medley, for which it was recorded in July 1969.

Glyn Johns:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Jan 22, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Abbey Road (2019)

Official album • Released in 2019

1:59 • Studio versionA2019 • Stereo • 2019 Stereo Mix

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric piano, Lead guitar, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Cowbell, Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon:
12-string acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Handclaps, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Giles Martin:
Producer
Phil McDonald:
Engineer
Sam Okell:
Mix engineer

Session Recording & overdubs:
Jul 25, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Jul 28, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs & mixing:
Jul 30, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


Abbey Road (2019)

Official album • Released in 2019

2:06 • Alternate take • Take 27

Giles Martin:
Producer
Sam Okell:
Mix engineer

Bootlegs


Live In Iowa 2005

Unofficial live

3:47 • Live

Concert From the concert in Des Moines, USA on Oct 27, 2005


Abbey Road Sessions

Unofficial album

0:25 • Outtake • Polythene Pam/ Unknown Take Mono


Abbey Road Sessions

Unofficial album

0:12 • Outtake • Polythene Pam/ Unknown Take Mono


Abbey Road Sessions

Unofficial album

1:46 • Outtake • Polythene Pam/ Takes 1-2 Partial Stereo


Abbey Road Sessions

Unofficial album

1:11 • Outtake • Polythene Pam/ Rockband Mix Stereo


Live performances

“She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” has been played in 30 concerts.

Latest concerts where “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” has been played


400e Anniversaire De Quebec

Jul 20, 2008 • Canada • Quebec City • Plains Of Abraham


Los Angeles • Staples Center

Nov 30, 2005 • Part of The US Tour


Los Angeles • Staples Center

Nov 29, 2005 • Part of The US Tour





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