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The Beatles — Baby You're a Rich Man
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:56
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man, too
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 Dazzerb wrote:
how can anyone think this is good music>  Tone deaf, out of tune with zero melody.  PSD quick
 
Sure Dazzerb. That's why the Beatles never passed the audition and failed as a band to make a dent on musical history. 
But seriously folks...Surely this was posted solely to solicit responses that shit on the originator.  After all, no sane person really thinks that way. 
 vanillagorilla wrote:
I read somewhere that John wrote it to take a poke at Brian Epstein and all the money he was making off them, hence the lyric that he had "you're a rich gay jew"pretty scathing especially since Epstein ended up taking his own life not too much later, it was well known that Brian was in love with John.
 

"you're a rich gay jew" - where's that in the lyrics?
My wife (yep, got married a year ago) said this to me the other day: "You know, I don't hear the Beatles on the radio anymore.  What's up with that?"

I agreed.  Wonder why?
They have fun
i have never liked the beatles, sorry {#Naughty}
 number7 wrote:
It was a lifetime ago.
1967 was a different time, it even felt different.
 
It's almost like you were 50 years younger . . . oh, wait.  ; )
I read somewhere that John wrote it to take a poke at Brian Epstein and all the money he was making off them, hence the lyric that he had "you're a rich gay jew"pretty scathing especially since Epstein ended up taking his own life not too much later, it was well known that Brian was in love with John.
It was a lifetime ago.
1967 was a different time, it even felt different.


 gjr wrote:
as another rp listener pointed out:  "there are john songs and there are paul songs"
nuf ced 

 
actually this is both,
verse by Lennon, chorus by McCartney of unfinished songs they each had 
 hempmandan wrote:
Beatles songs have to be rated differently. I can only rate them compared to other Beatles songs, not the general pool...
 
 
Actually, I agree with this viewpoint. They were so amazingly different and cutting-edge in their time. So there is that in their favour - and also it applies to this song especially. I think I also love this because of memories.... I think we are all guilty of that sometimes
 Dazzerb wrote:
how can anyone think this is good music>  Tone deaf, out of tune with zero melody.  PSD quick

 
How can anyone like U2?
 Dazzerb wrote:
how can anyone think this is good music>  Tone deaf, out of tune with zero melody.  PSD quick

 
Lol!!! this is the BEATLES! Rave on Britannia!!!!

hail the first British non violent musical revolutionaries!!!!! They are GODLIKE. :-D 
how can anyone think this is good music>  Tone deaf, out of tune with zero melody.  PSD quick
Bill! Great transition!!
Good Morning Universe !!
 
i was thinking this seems like two songs. i love most of it, except the rich man chorus. turns out it's one of those lennon mccartney things... 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby,_You%27re_a_Rich_Man

worth a read. it does seem to have a dual meaning - i thought it could be sarcasm aimed at the materialistic, or about inner riches. 
I saw what you did, Bill. Playing "Baby You're a Rich Man" after a (fabulous) Harry Richman song.
Beatles songs have to be rated differently. I can only rate them compared to other Beatles songs, not the general pool...
 
From the first time I heard it in the 60's it was the music and chord changes that caught me combined with somewhat esoteric lyrics that I understandably didn't understand
{#Hearteyes}
10, next please Bill
This song certainly found another key
One of my favorite bass lines ever is at the beginning of this song... Love that bottom!
Nice seque from Harry Richman's Puttin' On The Ritz! :)
In answer to the question posed by this lyric, as one of the beautiful people I would say it feels pretty marvelous, thanks for asking.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song, and this entire album...  we be dancing...
 

 


as another rp listener pointed out:  "there are john songs and there are paul songs"


nuf ced 
For Beatles, no comments, just 10.
Fab Four cooking with gas on this disk ...

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song, and this entire album...  we be dancing...
 
This is one of my favorites intros of all time.
If not this cut, or even this album (and I'm conceding both points just for the sake of this point) then, at the very least, this band—is the definition of RP's designation "Godlike"!

And some of the lyrics are SO good:

"What did you see?"
"Nothing that couldn't be seen"

"And now that you've got the key,
"what are you going to play?"
 Tom_Mo wrote:
. . .  Strangely, it was not a dig at Brian, but a tribute. . . .
 
I was with you up to this point. Kind of hard to see a racist slur as a "tribute". Perhaps "tongue in cheek" would be more accurate?
Nonetheless, it was interesting to read your post; I was unaware of any of this until now.
 takuma wrote:
 ICHawk wrote:
Lennon takes a playful but barely audible swipe at Brian Epstien in the fade out. Any guesses?

"BABY YOU'RE A RICH MAN" 
The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour

RUMOR: On one of the tracks the line "Baby you're a rich man too" is sung as "Baby you're a rich fag Jew," a dig at Brian Epstein. Or some think it's "rich fat Jew" and claim it as evidence of Beatle anti-Semitism.

FINDINGS: Negative. The two stereo tracks are nearly identical. It's always possible to hear words as similiar-sounding words, but basically, the lyrics jibe with the published version.

QUOTED EXERPT FROM William Poundstone's Big Secrets, (c) 1983. 
 
I have to add my two cents to this thread. First, John DID have an anti-Semitic streak to him. I say this as a fan of Lennon's, not a Lennon hater. Suggest you read Larry Kane's book about the Beatle's 64 and 65 tours. Kane is Jewish and a huge Lennon fan, but he discusses the anti-Jewish sentiment in the group. I also suggest you read an early edition of "Lennon Remembers" where John made a very nasty anti-Semitic statement about the Eastman family, claiming that the Eastman's changed their name from "Epstein". But you won't find it in later editions of the book. I wonder why. As for "rich fag Jew" at the end of BYARM, one needs the original mono single to clearly hear it. Later pressings of the single won't help you much. You must have the original single. My theory as to why this line was at first masked (on the MMT vinyl album) and virtually eliminated on the remastered CD is that what was considered a semi-private, inside joke in May of '67 (when it was recorded), was deemed tasteless by August of '67, the month Brian died. Personally, I don't believe John was being unnecessarily mean. True, John was both anti-Semitic and a homophobe at that point in his life, but John's friendship with Brian was complicated, to say the least. For other reasons, I could make the case that the entire song, from start to finish, was about Brian. I think John added the "offending" phrase as a way of telling Brian, "Yes, Brian. This song is about you. Love, John" Strangely, it was not a dig at Brian, but a tribute. In the words of Dr. Winston O' Boogie: "You should have been there."
Is it so wrong to like just about everything these guys did??

.....wasn't a big 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' era guy, but the rest of it post that was great!!!!

Is that a bad thing, I ask u?



It still feels good...  love this song...

 
Apparently the "you keep all your money in a big brown bag inside a zoo" refers to the belief Lennon had that Epstein kept a stash of cash in a club call The Zoo...
Dedicated to all the 1% er's out there.
 ICHawk wrote:
Lennon takes a playful but barely audible swipe at Brian Epstien in the fade out. Any guesses?

"BABY YOU'RE A RICH MAN" 
The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour

RUMOR: On one of the tracks the line "Baby you're a rich man too" is sung as "Baby you're a rich fag Jew," a dig at Brian Epstein. Or some think it's "rich fat Jew" and claim it as evidence of Beatle anti-Semitism.

FINDINGS: Negative. The two stereo tracks are nearly identical. It's always possible to hear words as similiar-sounding words, but basically, the lyrics jibe with the published version.

QUOTED EXERPT FROM William Poundstone's Big Secrets, (c) 1983. 
 ICHawk wrote:
Lennon takes a playful but barely audible swipe at Brian Epstien in the fade out. Any guesses?
 

yeah , I know this one.  Lennon whispered that Epstein son,  Austin Powers (Powers is his mothers maiden name) has terrible teeth. Brian got very peved at this.  Listen carefully, you'll hear it.

Is that it?.
 ICHawk wrote:
Lennon takes a playful but barely audible swipe at Brian Epstien in the fade out. Any guesses?
  I know what you are talking about and I don't think its audible.  Supposedly John did substitute some word play reflecting on Brian's religious and sexual orientations when a bit drunk at parties - not his finest hour.



Yessss...  love it...

 
Hey, Bill ...  How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?  {chuckle.}


This has always been my favorite Beatles album, even over Sgt Pepper's. 
 toterola wrote:
This was my first rock album. No wonder I'm such a freakin' mess! {#Daisy}
 
Yeah, thinking about the "spaghetti scene" photos in the album insert still freaks me out to this day! {#Eek}
 ICHawk wrote:
Lennon takes a playful but barely audible swipe at Brian Epstien in the fade out. Any guesses?
 
Oh... I do know...you naughty boy you!!! {#Beat}
The albums released this year were outstanding. The Beatles also release Sgt Peppers this year and Jimi his first
Even Lennon's ho-hum songs are great!!!{#Dancingbanana_2}
I love how the rhythm guitar is tuned and mixed in this song.
Lennon takes a playful but barely audible swipe at Brian Epstien in the fade out. Any guesses?
Awesome! {#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}fab 4!!!
 That_SOB wrote:


Musta been between the 300th and 1000th hit of Ozley's. {#Cheers}
 
Hmm, perhaps you mean Owsley?


 toterola wrote:
This was my first rock album. No wonder I'm such a freakin' mess! {#Daisy}
 

Musta been between the 300th and 1000th hit of Ozley's. {#Cheers}
 helgigermany wrote:
Love this!
 


Yes, what a great classic...

 
Wonder why this one has only been rated 70 times? Strange. Anyway, great song, never understood it, but have always loved it!
{#Bananajumprope}


It feels good...  love it...


I'm almost embarrased to say it, but I've never heard this before now.

/hangs head in shame
This was my first rock album. No wonder I'm such a freakin' mess! {#Daisy}
Love this!
I hope and think that we will be served more from this  magic album! #9


Love it!!!!  This song is soooo good for the ears...


I'm walking through a headshop and this music is playing in the background.