Maybe you'd be amazed: McCartney has raunchy side

If NFL is seeking a `safe' show, it should check ex-Beatle's lyrics

For the Record

February 06, 2005|By HARTFORD COURANT

It seems clear now that last year's Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction" debacle could have been easily avoided had FCC commissioners and other moral watchdogs merely listened to the words of the song immediately preceding the shocking and unprecedented baring of Janet Jackson's breast.

Justin Timberlake sang "bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song" just before he pulled on her costume and shocked the nation.

Those who think that such problems will be avoided at today's Super Bowl halftime show by hiring a 62-year-old star from another century are fooling themselves.

A simple check of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney's lyrics suggest that his words, too, could foreshadow a similar halftime scandal.

For example:

McCartney is the one who sang: "Lady Madonna, baby at your breast/wonder how you manage to feed the rest." He might as well have said "stay undressed." And this in a song with Madonna (not the notorious pop star) in the title.

In his shaggy hair and "woo-woo" rock 'n' roll, McCartney has often used sly references in songs cloaked in a quasi-religious approach. Take "Hey Jude," where he sings, "The minute you let her under your skin, then you'll begin to make it better."

He's apparently hung out with the wrong kind of women, too, such as the one he sings of in "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window": "She said she'd always been a dancer, she worked at 15 clubs a day."

More insidious are the many lyrics with sexual double entendres.

"Show me 'round your snow-peaked mountains way down south," he leers in "Back in the USSR," a Beatles ditty that also shamelessly promotes the old Communist nation.

In "Blackbird," McCartney might as well be selling Cialis: "You were only waiting for this moment to arise," he sings.

In his solo hit "Another Day," McCartney paints a scenario not unlike the scandalous Monday Night Football promo starring "Desperate Housewife" Nicolette Sheridan: "Every day she takes a morning bath, she wets her hair, wraps a towel around her, and she's heading for the bedroom chair."

Still not convinced? Then perhaps it's time to point out his most pointedly suggestive song: "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"

Sure, the sexagenarian former "Cute Beatle" may deny these not-so-subliminal messages. But when tonight's halftime show rolls around, don't say you weren't warned.

The Hartford Courant is a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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