Baby You're a Rich Man
The Beatles Lyrics


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How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
Now that you know who you are
What do you want to be
And have you traveled very far?
Far as the eye can see

How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
How often have you been there
Often enough to know
What did you see when you were there
Nothing that doesn't show

Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man, too
You keep all your money in a big brown bag inside a zoo
What a thing to do
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man, too

How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
Tuned to a natural E
Happy to be that way
Now that you've found another key
What are you going to play

Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man, too
You keep all your money in a big brown bag inside a zoo
What a thing to do
Baby, baby, you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man, too (oh)
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man (baby)
Baby you're a rich man, too
Baby you're a rich man




Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man, too

Overall Meaning

The song Baby You're a Rich Man by The Beatles reflects on the idea of being one of the "beautiful people", or those who have achieved fame and fortune. The lyrics question how these people feel and what they truly want, asking if they have traveled far and seen anything beyond what is visible. It is a commentary on the emptiness and shallow nature of wealth and fame, as it questions if there is anything of substance beyond what is visible on the surface.


The chorus repeats the phrase "Baby you're a rich man" and centers around the idea of money being kept in a big brown bag inside a zoo. This imagery adds to the overall theme of the song, as it highlights the absurdity of keeping wealth inside a cage as if it were an animal. The song ends by asking what these beautiful people will do now that they have found another key, a metaphor for the realization that there is more to life than material possessions.


Overall, the song portrays a sense of disillusionment with societal ideals of fame and fortune, and encourages listeners to question what truly matters in life. It suggests that there is more to happiness than material possessions and encourages listeners to seek out meaning beyond what is visible on the surface.


Line by Line Meaning

How does it feel to be One of the beautiful people
How does it feel to be a part of the elite, beautiful class of individuals?


Now that you know who you are
Now that you've found your place in society, what do you hope to accomplish?


What do you want to be
What aspirations do you have for yourself?


And have you traveled very far?
Have you accomplished much or gone far in your life?


Far as the eye can see
As far as one can see, have you ventured that far?


How often have you been there
How often do you frequent or socialize with the beautiful people?


Often enough to know
Do you know them well enough to be one of them?


What did you see when you were there
What did you observe or experience in their presence?


Nothing that doesn't show
Did they hide anything from you or were they transparent about their lifestyle?


Baby you're a rich man
You have attained wealth and success.


You keep all your money in a big brown bag inside a zoo
Your financial success is being hidden or kept in an unexpected and unconventional place.


What a thing to do
This is an unusual and noteworthy action.


Tuned to a natural E
You are naturally talented or inclined in a certain way.


Happy to be that way
You are content with your natural abilities and preferences.


Now that you've found another key
Now that you've discovered a new talent or interest,


What are you going to play
What do you plan to do or create with this newfound skill?


Baby, baby, you're a rich man
You are an extremely successful and wealthy individual.


Baby you're a rich man (baby)
Your financial success and status are impressive and noteworthy.


Baby you're a rich man, too
You are not the only successful and wealthy person in your social circle.




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

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