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Mean Mr. Mustard
The Beatles
Genre Rock
Written by John Lennon
Released 26 September 1969
Album Abbey Road
Recorded 24, 25, 29 July 1969
Length 1:06
Label Apple Records
Producer George Martin
Abbey Road guide
Sun King
Polythene Pam
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Mean Mr. Mustard is a song written by John Lennon, (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and performed on the album, Abbey Road. The Abbey Road version was recorded with "Sun King" in one continuous piece.


Written in India, Lennon said that the song was inspired by a newspaper story about a miser who concealed his cash wherever he could in order to prevent people from forcing him to spend it. On reflection, he didn't think highly of the composition, describing it in Anthology as "a bit of crap I wrote in India."

A demo version of the song was recorded in May 1968 at Kinfauns, George Harrison's home in Esher, and appears on Anthology 3. In that version, Mustard's sister is named Shirley. Lennon changed it to Pam when he saw the opportunity to ease the segue into the song "Polythene Pam", which follows "Mean Mr. Mustard" on the album. According to Lennon, "In 'Mean Mr. Mustard', I said 'his sister Pam'—originally it was 'his sister Shirley' in the lyric. I changed it to Pam to make it sound like it had something to do with it." Additionally, the original version of the song was a quieter acoustic rendition and was over 4 minutes in length.


[Verse 1]

Mean Mr. Mustard sleeps in the park

Shaves in the dark trying to save paper

Sleeps in a hole in the road

Saving up to buy some clothes

Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose


Such a mean old man

Such a mean old man

[Verse 2]

His sister Pam works in a shop

She never stops, she’s a go-getter

Takes him out to look at the queen

Only place that he’s ever been

Always shouts out something obscene


Such a dirty old man

Dirty old man

Other versions[]

The version in the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film was performed by Mean Mr. Mustard (played by Frankie Howerd) and his evil robot companions named the Computerettes. As with the performance of "She's Leaving Home" also in the film, the computerized singing of the Computerettes was performed by the Bee Gees.


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