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Penny Lane
The Beatles Lyrics


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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
The little children laugh at him behind his back
And the banker never wears the mac
In the pouring rain, very strange

Penny Lane is in my ear and in my eye
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 ear and in my eye
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
Then the fireman rushes in
From the pouring rain, very strange

Penny Lane is in my ear and in my eye
There beneath the blue suburban skies
I sit, and meanwhile back
Penny Lane is in my ear and in my eye
There beneath the blue suburban skies
Penny Lane

Overall Meaning

The song "Penny Lane" by The Beatles is an upbeat and nostalgic tune that takes its listeners on a journey through a Liverpool neighborhood where the band members grew up. The lyrics are filled with descriptions and characters that give the listener a glimpse into life in the 1960s in Liverpool. The first verse of the song describes a barber on Penny Lane who enjoys showing off photographs of all of his customers. The second verse introduces a banker who is the subject of ridicule from children, and who never wears a coat even in the pouring rain.


The chorus of the song repeats the line "Penny Lane is in my ear and in my eye" which is a reference to the enduring memories the songwriter has of his childhood neighborhood. It is a joyful and nostalgic representation of a time and place that has since passed. The third verse features a fireman with an hourglass and a love for keeping his fire engine clean, and a nurse who is selling poppies from a tray behind a shelter in the middle of a roundabout.


Line by Line Meaning

Penny Lane, there is a barber showing photographs
In Penny Lane, there is a barber who takes pictures of his clients as a keepsake


Of every head he's had the pleasure to know
The barber takes pictures of every person he has ever cut hair for


And all the people that come and go
People who walk by stop to say hello to the barber and look at the pictures


Stop and say, "Hello"
Passersby say hello to the barber and view his collection of photos


On the corner is a banker with a motorcar
Nearby there is a wealthy banker who owns a car


The little children laugh at him behind his back
Children make fun of the banker when he is not around


And the banker never wears the mac
The banker does not wear a raincoat in the pouring rain


In the pouring rain, very strange
It is odd that the banker doesn't wear a raincoat in the rain


Penny Lane is in my ear and in my eye
The singer is deeply connected to Penny Lane and feels it is a part of him


There beneath the blue suburban skies
Penny Lane exists under the beautiful blue skies of the suburb


I sit, and meanwhile back
As the singer thinks about Penny Lane, time moves on


In Penny Lane there is a fireman with an hourglass
Another person in Penny Lane is a fireman who carries an hourglass


And in his pocket is a portrait of the Queen
The fireman keeps a picture of the Queen in his pocket


He likes to keep his fire engine clean
The fireman takes great pride in maintaining the cleanliness of his fire engine


It's a clean machine
The fire engine is well taken care of and in pristine condition


A four of fish and finger pies
Food items sold in Penny Lane include fish and pies made with fingers of fish


In summer, meanwhile back
As summer arrives, life in Penny Lane continues


Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout
A shelter stands in the center of the circular road in Penny Lane


The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray
A beautiful nurse is selling poppies on a tray in Penny Lane


And though she feels as if she's in a play
The nurse feels like she is acting in a play in Penny Lane


She is anyway
Regardless of how she feels, the nurse continues to sell her poppies


We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim
In Penny Lane, the banker is now waiting to get a haircut from the barber


Then the fireman rushes in
The fireman arrives in a hurry on one of his emergencies


From the pouring rain, very strange
Oddly enough, the fireman enters the barber shop from outside in the rain


Penny Lane
The song refers to the place Penny Lane and explores the people and events that happen there




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

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Philip Kassabian

A great and upbeat Beatles song.

Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@jamesguy1030

Fox spox ~ Yeah,
if you haven’t already seen it before,
Check out the amazing documentary footage called =

“THE WINGED BEATLE”

The extended version is the best one & is a must see for everyone that is a true fan of the Beatles
YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED

ENJOY 🇬🇧

It’s the best of British Youth culture



@rwenby

2:38
John: heheheh... can't wait for my precious, gorgeous guitar! (rubbing hands excitedly) wait... where is it? What? You didn't get mine? Even Ringo got his sticks!


...



Ok then, don't mind if I just express my feelings by flipping this table.



@localreviewking134

Imagine my delight! Discovering this Penny Lane video was like finding a hidden treasure chest full of musical gems.

The Fab Four themselves! Who knew these musical legends even graced the screen on Penny Lane? What a delightful surprise!

Natural-born cowboys? Witnessing The Beatles effortlessly ride horses like seasoned wranglers was a sight to behold!

A fiery surprise! Spotting the fireman joining the horseback, fun added a sprinkle of unexpected charm to the video.

Peace and quiet on Penny Lane? A world without paparazzi bothering The Beatles? Now that's a truly magical surprise!



@whertd3784

[Lyrics]
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
Wet 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 a roundabout
A pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray
And though she feels as if she's in a play
She is anyway
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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@Whitsoxrule1

"And in his pocket is a portrait of The Queen"


Kinda crazy that this song written was written 60 years ago, and yet that Queen is still reigning in England.

@willritter4076

it's not 60 years ago though, Penny Lane came out in 1967... I'd be honored if some Beatles fans from the new generation would take a listen to my acoustic piano & vocal performances of PENNY LANE and BLACKBIRD on my YT channel in tribute to 2 of the many genius compositions written by Sir Paul McCartney. Live acoustic with no autotune or digital enhancements. Thanks and RESPECT to the legends.

@Whitsoxrule1

It's called an approximation, I know the Beatles didn't even exist in 1960. But Kudos on managing to be pedantic AND obnoxiously self promoting in a single comment!!

@kidwhositsinthecorner8171

@@willritter4076 self promo is kinda crappy man

@polargrizbear992

Yo

@ronietabada5191

The Queen of England is immortal. Lol!

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@DMS_Shisui

2:27
Paul: That's some good tea
Ringo: It really is
John: i f u c k i n g h a t e e v e r y t h i n g

@mikehill7587

Love
John
Lennon

@SomesomeoneBysomeone

NoBOAD WORD JHON IS A GOOD PERSON HE MIGHT NOT LIKE IT

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