Beatles: The Infamous Man Who Inspired Their Song ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’


Many Beatles songs revolve round fictional characters. Life may be slightly extra attention-grabbing if there was an actual Sgt. Pepper or an actual Maggie Mae. Nonetheless, that’s not the case.

“Imply Mr. Mustard” is among the Beatles’ most whimsical songs. Some followers assume it’s a few fictional character as are their different songs. Truly, the observe facilities on an actual man: John Alexander Mustard.

The Beatles trying on the digicam | CBS Picture Archive/Getty Pictures

The true ‘Imply Mr. Mustard’

A number of folks want to see their identify on the entrance web page of a newspaper. When Mustard acquired on the entrance web page, nevertheless, the information wasn’t flattering. The article was about how low cost he was.

The article famous how Mustard would shave in the dead of night – identical to the character within the Beatles tune. Mustard would additionally flip off the lights in his dwelling when he and his spouse listened to the radio as a result of he felt they didn’t have to see to benefit from the radio. The article even stated Mustard would disguise cash in a personal a part of his anatomy to maintain it from others. Finally,

John Lennon on whether or not or not the tune was about medicine

“Imply Mr. Mustard” by the Beatles

John had some problem writing songs about fictional characters the way in which Paul McCartney did. John stated Paul had the power to create new characters like a novelist. Nonetheless, with slightly assist from a newspaper article, John was in a position to craft an attention-grabbing character research.

John altered the actual Mustard’s story. Within the tune, Mustard merely places cash up his nostril. This lyric might simply be interpreted as referring to somebody snorting cocaine utilizing paper cash.

In a 1980 Rolling Stones interview, John dismissed the tune in addition to the idea it’s about cocaine. “That’s me, writing a chunk of rubbish. I’d learn someplace within the newspaper about this imply man who hid five-pound notes, not up his nostril however elsewhere. No, it had nothing to do with cocaine.”

The error the Beatles left within the ultimate combine

“Her Majesty” by the Beatles

Whereas many Beatles followers discover the tune humorous, Paul wasn’t a fan. He advised an assistant engineer to throw the observe away. The engineer had beforehand been ordered to protect the whole lot the Beatles created throughout a recording session, so he disregarded Paul’s request.

The engineer connected the tape to a mixture of “Her Majesty.” The engineer organized the observe in order that the crashing notes which had been supposed to finish “Imply Mr. Mustard” opened the observe “Her Majesty.” This edit provides “Imply Mr. Mustard” an nearly comically abrupt ending and makes “Her Majesty” appear much more biting due to its harsh opening cacophony.

The Beatles preferred how that sounded and the error made it into the album Abbey Highway. In an odd approach, the connective tissue between the “Her Majesty” and “Imply Mr. Mustard” is smart. “Her Majesty” is about Queen Elizabeth II, whereas “Imply Mr. Mustard” briefly mentions her. Little connections between Beatles tracks – each intentional and unintentional – are a part of what makes the Fab 4 compelling. Because of its eccentricities, “Imply Mr. Mustard” stays a compelling diversion from the Beatles.

Additionally see: Beatles: Why Mick Jagger Nearly Felt ‘Sick’ When He Heard ‘Love Me Do’