Why do we kill eachother on the streets when we could be having free love in the streets? The song is about an argument the band had over the photo shoot for the abbey road album cover. They did not have an idea for the cover when Paul McCartney suggested they "do it in the road" right outside the studio. Management and the producers argued against it debating that it would cause a huge scene once people noticed the Beatles in public and it would be a waste of time and money.
The story of Paul and the monkeys is a rumor that circulated shortly following the release. When in India, Paul saw two monkeys having sex in the road. He thought about how easy it was for animals to just do these things compared to the complicated human rituals of sex.
It was said in starchy, moralistic Victorian England, you can do! It was only paul and ringo in this song one of the few songs recorded without the whole band.
But John Lennon had nothing to do with this song. Paul wrote it and recorded it without the band Lennon got pissed off about it because it was his style all the way and Paul left him out of the recording. Paul got the idea while watching a male monkey jump on a female and jump back off after he planted his seed within a matter of seconds acting as if nothing had happened. It just so happened, the monkeys were walking down the road as it happened.
Paul tells the story in one of the books about the Beatles. I forget which one though. Well, how many of you have ever seen the Anthology's? I think it was there where Paul said that when they were in India Where most of the songs on the White Album were written that he saw two monkeys doing "it" in the middle of the road. At the age of eighteen, he moved to Ada, Oklahoma , and joined Alger "Texas" Alexander for a few months in ,  but later moved to California, where he formed a band which soon included a young Ray Charles and the tenor saxophone player Stanley Turrentine.
Fulson was drafted in and served in the U. Navy until He wrote " 3 O'Clock Blues " B. King 's first hit , " Reconsider Baby " a blues standard , and " Tramp " co-written with Jimmy McCracklin and recorded by several artists. His companion, Tina Mayfield, stated that the causes of death were complications from kidney disease, diabetes, and congestive heart failure. He was the father of four and grandfather of thirteen. And Bentham, because each looks only to himself. The one smirks self-importantly and is intent on business; the other is timid and holds back, like someone who has brought his own hide to market and now has nothing else to expect but — a tanning.
That's what the four-eyed white-smocked bloke with the note-book couldn't understand when he asked me questions for days and days after I got to Borstal; and I couldn't explain it to him then like I'm writing it down now; and even if I'd been able to maybe he still wouldn't have caught on because I don't know whether I can understand it myself even at this moment, I suppose they thought I was just the build for it because I was long and skinny for my age and still am and in any case I didn't mind it too much, to tell you the truth, because running had always been made much of in my family, especially running away from the police.
What is happening is an evolutionary convulsion rather than a reformation. Young people are not correcting society. They are regurgitating it. As things were winding down in the creation of the album on this day, however, Paul thought to extricate himself from some mixing and minor overdubbing in EMI Studio Two so as to create yet another track to be considered for inclusion on the album. You know, just to make sure they had enough songs.
In fact, if you include the two previously recorded tracks they decided to omit at the last minute George's "Not Guilty" and John's "What's The New Mary Jane" , they definitely did have enough material. But, just in case, Paul had another ace up his sleeve. Since no true producer was present, and Paul was in full control of the proceedings, one can easily signify McCartney as the producer on this track. In the book that accompanies the Super Deluxe " White Album " box set, Ken Townsend describes the events of this session.
Can we give it a try? I placed Paul on the left-hand side so I could see him through the window. That studio is a huge great barn - 22, cubic feet. After the first incomplete take, Paul said to Ken, "You look a bit worried," indicating the surprised reaction the engineer had because of the very wide dynamics and long reverberation caused by the size of EMI Studio One. The following four takes consisted of Paul starting out singing softly and then changing to a loud and rough voice later in the song.
The first verse was sung softly, the second loud, the third mostly soft but ending loud, and the fourth soft. The lyrics in the fourth verse actually alter slightly from the previous verses to " people won't be watching us. Do you think that I could do it better?
I think I could do it a bit better actually. See, I wanna just try and do one quiet verse, one loud verse; and then that's it, really. He repeated the verse three times on this 'take,' the first verse in a soft voice, the second in a rough voice, and the third being a mixture of the two. Paul was apparently satisfied with what he had done, stating at the end, "Is that OK? However, I will move this microphone nearer the piano, should I? With Paul once again calling the shots, Ringo added drums while Paul overdubbed handclaps and a bass guitar.
Paul also sang a new lead vocal, which wiped the majority of the original vocal and acoustic guitar from the previous day. The only traces of the orignal vocal are found in the double-tracking on the first line of the second verse, and then the segment that encompasses the final line of the second verse and the first line of the third verse.
Since all four tracks of the tape were now filled and Paul had one more idea for an overdub, a reduction mix was made, which combined tracks one and four, this becoming track one of what was now considered 'take 6. As the sun was rising at am the following morning, both sessions of the day were complete. But how did John and George feel about this song being recorded in their absence? That's how it was getting in those days. We came in and he'd made the whole record; him drumming, him playing the piano, him singing.
But he couldn't - he couldn't - maybe he couldn't make the break from The Beatles.Original lyrics of Why Don't We Do It In The Road song by Lowell Fulson. Explain your version of song meaning, find more of Lowell Fulson lyrics. Watch official video, print or download text in PDF. Comment and share your favourite lyrics.