March 18 2021

Penny Lane peaks #1 March 18,1967

Penny Lane is a street in Liverpool, England. Penny Lane was a meeting spot near Lennon’s home. Lennon would meet McCartney at Penny Lane where the two would catch a bus to head into the center of the city.

On this day, March 18, 1967 the Beatles scored there 13th #1 single in the US with “Penny Lane.”

“Penny Lane,” was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. It is a song reminiscing about the past. The two Beatles must have spent a lot of time watching and listening to the people and the sights and sounds along the path. I imagine that if the bus had arrived on time, the two who had nothing better to do then wait would miss the regulars who frequented the area.  

Here is the best interpretation of the song I could come up with

There was a barber there who kept photographs of famous people he had met.

“In 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”

The banker was somewhat of a womanizer who apparently had lots of illegitimate children.

“And the banker never wears a mac

In the pouring rain – very strange.”

In this line, the “mac” means a condom. Perhaps the banker should have worn one.

“Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout

The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray”

The nurse was supplementing her income by selling narcotics and medical morphine that she had most likely stolen.

Anyway perhaps the two Beatles were really watching the scene unfold, or even making it up as they went. I am often a people watcher. Sometimes I make up fascinating stories of who they are and what they are doing.

“Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes

There beneath the blue suburban skies

Penny Lane”

The song “Penny Lane,” is one of the Beatles best and it deserved the number one spot this day in 1967.