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"Polythene Pam"
Sheet Music Cover
Sheet Music Cover
Song by The Beatles
Album Abbey Road
Released 26 September 1969
Recorded 25–30 July 1969
Genre Rock
Length 1:12
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Abbey Road track listing

Recorded as one with Sun King, Lennon wrote this song while in India in the spring of 1968. "England's answer to Allen Ginsberg" refers to the Beat poet Royston Ellis.

That was me, remembering a little event I had with a woman in Jersey, an island off the French coast. A poet, England's answer to Allen Ginsberg, a beatnik that looked like a beatnik, who gave us our first exposure, who was from Liverpool, took me to this apartment of his in Jersey. This was so long ago. This is all triggering these amazing memories. So this poet took me to his place, and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. In polythene bags. She didn't wear jack boots and kilts – I just sort of elaborated – and no, she didn't really look like a man. There was nothing much to it. It was kind of perverted sex in a polythene bag. But it provided something to write a song about.

—John Lennon, Playboy Interview, , 1980

John went out to dinner with Royston and they ended up back at his apartment with a girl who dressed herself in polythene for John's amusement, so it was a kinky scene. She became Polythene Pam. She was a real character.

—Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now, Barry Miles, 1994

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