Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

Album: The White Album (1968)
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  • Why don't we do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it in the road?

    No one will be watching us
    Why don't we do it in the road?

    Why don't we do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it in the road?

    No one will be watching us
    Why don't we do it in the road?

    Why don't we do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it, do it in the road?
    Why don't we do it in the road?

    No one will be watching us
    Why don't we do it in the road? Writer/s: JOHN LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 66

  • Dr. Filth from UsaPaul probably thought this up while he was driving amongst blind idiots, narrowly missing collisions. "No one will be watching us" makes sense in this light.
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaEric from Watanobbi, Australia: "in" the road alludes to playing in traffic(common idiom), likely; & "no one will be watching us" is exactly what a guy would say to a girl to try to convince her to let him have a quick shag in the middle of the roadway. Plus, if it's a long stretch it might be thought of as private if usyally low traffic. They all traveled extensively, so the geography of their lyrics doesn't need to be UK-centred. I had a girl once who wanted me to take her monkey stuyle in the centre of the road that fronted our city's police station. I declined & watched her take care of herself giving a full view to anyone loking out the station windows. 'twas a Sunday & no cars went by, even though it can be busy at times on that road, so the lyrics hold as plausible, as written & sung,I'd say.
  • Anonymous from FloridaDid someone else do the song "why dont we do it in the road after the Beatles"?
  • Carter from Lake Forest, IlI love this song. Absolutely hilarious. I thought that it was John's song for the longest time.
  • Eric from Watanobbi, AustraliaAfter hearing this song quite some time ago, I was puzzled about each of the lyric lines. Firstly why ' in the road' rather than ' on the road' , and secondly doing 'it' in the road would hardly be private, so the line ' no one will be watching us ' would hardly seem true. After much deliberation I believe the road refers to Abbey Roads studios, where maybe there was a room whee Paul and partner could do 'it' privately, which would result in both the lyric lines sitting better with me.
  • Mary from Grand Rapids, Miis it just me or does his voice (Paul) sound REALLY weird?
  • Allyson from Waverly, NyI LOVE The Beatles! They're geniuses and my favorite band ever. And it pains me to admit this, but I HATE this song! It's soo....dumb and repetitive. ='( Sorry Paul, definitely not your best.
  • John from Honolulu, HiI can't recall ever being so disappointed. I thought the song was about the protests against the Viet Nam war. US was protesting in the streets, England in the parks. When the song was written the protests went tot the streets and the English was position chaged. Just goes to show you, music is what you make it in your mind. Metalica songs are mostly about drugs but in my mind songs like Bleeding Me and Until it Sleeps are not about drugs but the anger within. I love rock & roll!
  • John from Sao Paulo, BrazilIt´s me ....again.
    Someone said that this song took Paul 5 minutes to make and 3 minutes to record.
    That is the reason it is not that brilliant.
    Why is it so difficult to realize that the oposite is true?
    Who can make a song in 5 minutes and record in 3 , why can´t I do that??? I can´t even make a song like that in the rest of my life no matter how hard I try!!!
  • John from Sao Paulo, BrazilTo say that this is the best Paul vocal performance is too much although it is a brilliant performance indeed.
    But what about Hey Jude, Golden Slumbers, Maybe I´m amazed, She´s so heavy [ whose performance is that???] , Sgt. Pepper´s ......you name them!!!
  • Freddy from Miami, FlAwesome song. Why do some people take it so seriously though lol? You can tell hes having fun.
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnBloodaxe------were you born in London?
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxGoldman's Lennon biography confirms the Beatle Orgies. Hunt around the internet and you can find nude photos of Paul and John (from around this same time). In a fairly recent made for TV movie of Lennon's early life and beginnings of the Beatles (sorry wish I could remember the title, something like Johnny and the Moondogs)John runs late to a gig because he was too busy with the ladies and was drug up on stage still facining his pants...
  • Matthew from Melbourne, AustraliaIt must of taken weeks to write the lyrics of this song.
  • Bruce from Los Angeles, CaThis song might be McCartney's sarcastic take on some of Lennon's songwriting. Think of the repetition of "I want you (she's so heavy)". (I've also read that McCartney played the drums). I know that McCartney later claimed he got the idea of the song from watching monkeys copulate. But he sounds distinctly angry. Lennon & McCartney weren't getting along then, and McCartney had gotten furious with Lennon for damaging his (McCartney's) image by association. .
  • Bloodaxe from Lincoln, NeDo it in the road, people. Whatever "it" is for you, just do it.

    Can we ever move beyond our concrete, fake religion parameter set limitations and just enjoy our lives? Be good to each other?

    That's what Paul was saying. My dad was the engineer on this song and he told me that Paul and Ringo laughed at all the interpretations that would occur from the song, when all Paul wanted people to do was to just "get together" and remember that we're all ONE. And Paul's idea came from watching monkeys do their procreation thing. It was so casual and easy, so --
    Question: What's the problem with humans?
    Answer: Hypocritical Republicans.
  • Jude from Toronto, Qcthis song is odd, but i like it.
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiWow, why do I find this one great? It's odd that I find this one of The White Album's better songs.
  • Bianca Sanchez from Alburquerque, NmStill Nothing wrong about Kissin' in the street. and mabey a little more than just kissin'
  • Sheeberson from Wrightsville Beach, NcYa know, though the lyrical content of this song is not extraordinary, this could be the absolute BEST vocal performance EVER. Correct me if I'm wrong...
  • Lucyinthesky from Philadelphia, PaI meant that Paul and Jane were lovers from the time she was 17,and he was 21,until she was 22 and he was 26,it was the Spring of 1968 that Jane found him with another woman.
  • Lucyinthesky from Philadelphia, PaYo, that was a really sick cruel thing to say! I and most of the world love Paul McCartney,he's an extremely talented singer,song composer and known to be one of the best bass players ever and a multi talented diverse musician who can play just about anything instrument great! He played every instrument himself on his first very good solo album,McCartney at age 27,and he played *so* many different instruments so well! On his great critically acclaimed popular 1973 Band On The Run Album only he and Denny Laine play all of the instruments,and in 1979 he played every instrument himself on McCartney 2 and then on his 1997 Flaming Pie album,he plays most of the instruments,and on his two most recent ones Chas and Creation In The Backyard and Memory Almost Full he plays most of the instruments! He is also in The Guiness World Book Of Records as the most successful and covered song composer of all time! And Bob Dylan said in a Rolling Stone interview in the Spring that he's in awe of Paul McCartney,and he said he's the only one he's in awe of. He said that Paul can sing the ballad very good,he's got the melody and rhythm and he can play any instrument,and he said there were no better singers than John Lennon and Paul McCartney! If you don't like Paul for some irrational reason,then please don't post on here!
  • Lucyinthesky from Philadelphia, PaCraig you have a real problem! You said a similar comment about She Came In Through The Bathroom Window! There is nothing pathetic about this song and it is genuinely pretty naughy especially for 1968,nobody was writing a song this blatantly perverted about having public sex in a road and as if's no big deal! The Beatles *were* pretty naughy in their personal lives, Paul McCartney had sex at age 15 with an older woman and most 15 year olds were not having sex in 1957! Paul also would sneak into strip clubs when he was like 13,and drew nude women in class and stole cigarettes.He was also the first rock star to openly talk to reporters about him taking LSD and in June 1967 he was interviewed outside his house by a TV news reporter who asked him how often he took LSD and he said about 4 times. He also was interviewed in Life Magazine that same month and year,and said crazy things like the world would be a much better place if our world leaders took LSD! The Revernd Billy Graham prayed for him and said he should see a psychiatrist. John Lennon was also sexually involved with women at a young age and he used to get into a lot of fist fights,hit women,stole cigareetes,got drunk a lot,and shoplifted. The Beatles played in sleazy strip clubs of Hamburg Germany 8 hours a night for 2 years in a row wearing tight black leather pants and jackets,smoking,cursing,on stage,taking speed pills to stay awake and going to bed with many young women groupies. When they made it big and were touring in 1963,1964,1965 and 1966,they had sex with *tons* of young women groupies! John Lennon said there were orgies after concerts that he was involved in.John also confessed out of guilt to his first wife Cynthia that he had been with 100's of other women. Paul McCartney was romantically involved with the beautiful red haired British actress Jane Asher from the time she was 17 and he was 21,and they lived together for several years in a house they bought. The became engagged to be married on Christmas day 1967,but Jane came home early to surprise Paul and found him in bed with another woman,and Jane left Paul for good! He had written a lot of great songs about Jane including constant arguments they had because he was always trying to get her to give up her acting career and devote herself to him and she refused. She had been in movies from the age of 5 and loved her acting career but it often took her away from Paul often.The Beatles cleaned up image was created by their manager Brian Epsein and John hated and resented it the most!If you believe these myths about The Beatles and don't like them then don't post on here!
  • Bianca Sanchez from Alburquerque, NmI wanna see if this comes out in spanish, Esta cancion sta bien padre! Me encanta la vos de Paul en esta cancion!
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiWhy don't we do it in th-*splat*
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiBut not all cars can get out of the way. You won't get past a bus or a truck...
  • Bianca Sanchez from Alburquerque, NmSeirously though why DON'T we do it in the road?
    Come on people Making out i the street never hurt nobody.
  • Lance from Nashville, TnOh, and I love the reference to 1984. That's quite clever. Never thought of that before.
  • Lance from Nashville, TnP.S. John definitely liked this song. It DOES have meaning and it's not like Ob-La-Di and Maxwell's Silver Hammer and that kind of stuff that John didn't care for. P.P.S. It probably has some to do with sex too.... more of their songs had to do with sex than drugs...
  • Lance from Nashville, TnWhen you consider the time period and the things that were going on with the Beatles (from Paul's perspective) with growing apart and Epstein passing and not performing live, it seems Paul was making a comment about let's "get back" together and "do it in the Road" -- Abbey Road, where they recorded most of their work and where in spite of everything going on they could always "come together" and work magic. Doesn't ANYONE else out there think that maybe the "Road" refers to Abbey Road Recording Studios? Perhaps a plea by Paul to get together and work the aforementioned magic?
  • A.j. from Short Hills, NjCould this song, along with I Will and Julia be references to the book 1984 by George Orwell. In the book the main character Winston, a man from London, has sex with a woman named Julia in a road near some woods where there are no cameras watching them (they are called telescreens in the book) . This is after Julia had passed him a note saying I Love You. He had not even 'caught her name' at that time. Immediately they fall in love. In the song Julia, Lennon references how half of what he says is meaningless, just to reach her. In the book he has to continually do this to set up meetings in secret, because everything they say and do is monitored. Now that I think of it,Yer Blues could also be about it. In 1984 Winston constantly talks about how they are already dead since they will be caught eventually. "wanna die. If I ain't dead already" This coincedences are only added to because they are chronological (except of course Yer Blues) Please anyone who has read this book, what do you think?
  • Buzz from Towntown, MiOk first of all this song is obviously about sex, not about smoking joints.. people do that in the road all the time. Second of all, I find it pretty funny that you guys can hate a song so much when it's so damn good. I mean come on... WHY DONT WE DO IT IN THE ROOOOAAAADDDD??? Oh yea and sorry but paul doesn't miss the high note, he's paul. Go buy some ears.
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaI'm not one of those people who think every Beatles song is about drugs. But I definitely heard on some Beatles special that Paul stated that this song is about smoking a joint. That's all. It's pretty easy to answer why this song isn't about having sex - you'd get run over if you did that in the road!

    And Paul doesn't really 'miss' the high note in this song - it sounds like a deliberate mistake.
  • Joe from Lethbridge, CanadaMentioned disparagingly by Dudley Moore's muzak-composer character in the movie '10' (with Bo Derek!). He complains that someday some couple will look into each others eyes and say, "honey, they're playing our song", and this is the song they'll be playing.
  • Ryan from Suffolk, Nyi heard this song is about Mick Jagger, is this true at all?
  • Steve from Fenton, MoIf not for Revolution 9, this would have been the worst song on the White album. This must have set some sort of record. Couldn't have taken McCartney more than 5 minutes to write and 3 minutes to record.
  • Jim from Arcata, CaNice that this is an anonymous venue. I surely would not make this post otherwise. In 1970, when I was 17, I had "a thing" with a 37-year-old woman. We both felt challenged by this song, so we gave it a try. I regret to report that a paved road, no matter isolated and late at night, is not a good place to "do it." Sorry, Paul. Cute song in a puerile sort of way, but pragmatically speaking, bad idea. :(
  • Zach from Philly, Kshey kelly, i think thats just the way its supposed to be because if he missed it they probably would of re-recorded it dont you think, but it does sound rather horrible but i hate this song so i could careless
  • Kelly from Burbank, CaThis is a good song, I'll admit, but not one of my favorites off The White Album, or even of Paul's, for that matter. I had always thought John sang this because it has his sound. Apparently I was wrong. Why though, I wonder, did Paul want to sound like John? But no matter, there is one part of this I'd like to bring up. I may be wrong...I mean I'm no musical genius, but it sounds to me that at one point Paul completely misses a note. COMPLETELY. It's right near the beginning I think, he goes in for a gritty vocal "Why don't we do it on the roo--oad" and it didn't work. Does he miss it, or is that just a part of the way the vocal is supposed to sound? It just..."irks" to me. No one has mentioned it thus far, so maybe it's just me. Back to what I was saying, because I haven't found another song where Paul misses a note, but more in John's, I just figured John sang it. Plus, I have heard that this was a reference to Yoko?? But that must be completely wrong...just like that note. Oh, and sorry for sounding so nit-picky here about that. I really do like this song. Really. It has a gritty, bluesy edge. However, I think Paul did have that quality edge much better later on "Oh! Darling".
  • Guitar from Nashville, TnI think it is funny how this song is followed by the sweet melodic song "I Will."
  • Ian from Lethbridge, CanadaI'd perfer not to think of this song as sex (as with "Happiness is a Warm Gun"), but I can't shut that out of my mind for some reason. I give this song a 6/10, only because it has a GREAT beat.
  • Robb from Hamburg, NyI would love to have heard John sing this instead of Paul. Paul comes off as trying to hard to me sometimes.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScYou guys are right. I thought John was joking as well. But the singing style is more John's. Btw, the song is definitely about sex!!!
  • Kalissa from New York City, NyI LOVE this song!
    I only wish it was longer!
  • Maureen from London, EnglandI really like Paul's vocals on this song. Lol ;) Ringos drumming is good too
  • Auðurv. from Reykjavik, IcelandJohn was jealous of Paul because he was known as the "dirty Beatle" (john) and knew that he (again John) could have written such a song easily.
  • Jake from Bellevue, WaYes John though this was one of Paul's best songs, ironically Paul was trying to make his voice sound as much like John as he could in this song.
  • Barry from New York, NcThe Grateful Dead actually performed this one, circ. 1984 with Brent taking care of the vocals. It was more of a joke and they really didn't jam to this one.
  • David from Ann Arbor,, Mi'There's only one incident I can think of which John has publicly mentioned that hurt him. And that was when I went off with Ringo and did 'Why Don't We Do It In The Road?' It wasn't a deliberate thing. John and George were tied up finishing something, and me and Ringo were free, just hanging around, so I said to Ringo, 'Let's go and do this.' I did hear John some time later singing it. He liked the song, and I suppose he'd wanted to do it with me. It was a very John sort of song anyway. That's why he liked it, I suppose. Anyway, he did the same with 'Revolution 9'. He went off and made that without me. No one ever says all that. John is now the nice guy, and I'm the bastard.' - Paul

    And by the way, I like this song, and I think it's one of their better ones on the White Album.
  • John from Fremantle, AustraliaIt is true that John Lennon was actually peeved that he didn't partake in this recording, but it is reputed that Paul was only doing that vis-a-vis in being unable to participate in this sound collage, of which he was into (the likes of Cage or Stockhausen) since 1966...also remember that it was Paul who was commissioned by his London underground acquaintances in January 1967 to provide a sound collage-cum-freakout for the Carnival Of Light Rave, of which all four Fabs made contributions to, consisting of tape-loops, shouts and distortion. Lennon got more into that genre nearly two years later, by the time he began his sexual relationship with Yoko Ono (5/68).
  • Sarah from Quito, South Americai think this is hilarious. and doing it in the road, is having sex in the road. its hilarious
  • Ryan from Los Angeles, CaOh by the way, John isn't joking. He did actually think it was one of Paul's best songs.
  • Ryan from Los Angeles, CaThe song is about...when Paul was India on the Beatles meditation visit he saw 2 monkeys in the middle of the road mating in front of crowds of people and thought it was funny. So he wrote a song about it. That's the absolute truth. Check it.
  • Christopher from Greenfield Center, NyI always read in to it like this: doing "it" meant lines of coke...get it, lines in the road, lines of coke....just kidding. thought I'd throw a little something to the people that think ALL Beatle songs are about drugs...I guess Twist and Shout (I know the Beatles didn't write it) was about twisting a fatty and then shouting incoherently while you were high.
  • Mike from New Point, Va"Do it" was slang for having sex. And I think John was joking.
  • Cameron from Southington, CtWell, I really like this song with lots of good beat in it. But my main question is do what in the road?
  • Keith from Slc, UtThe phrase comes from a comment by Queen Victoria, who tried to bring a new level of morality to her country. Asked about a particular "romantic" practice, she misunderstood the veiled references to sex, and her response was something like "it's acceptable, so long as they don't do it in the road and scare the horses."
  • Don from Philadelphia, PaSaying this is Paul's best song is like saying Revolution 9 is John's best.
  • Matt from Durham, NhI always thought it was partly about a desire to somehow get the Beatles to play live. I think dragging a flatbed truck around London was discussed at one point (hence, doing it in the road). That idea eventually developed into the rooftop concert.
  • Mia from Elk River, MnThis is definitely John's style, but Paul pulls it off very well. Of COURSE this song is sexual. "why dont we do it in the road" What do you think DOING IT is?? I mean, come on you guys it's clear, it doesn't need to be explained. Kudos to Paul, excellent screaming!
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeJohn definitely liked this song and was hurt that Paul did it without him. Though Ringo was present for this session, Paul played all of the intruments on it including drums. It's a great pure blues song and the screaming on it is perfect. I'm not sure, but I remember reading that Paul was going for the sexual meaning when he wrote the lyrics.
  • Yu from Demarest, Pabecause we're all perverted, it's likely that people will think of this song as something sexual.. OR whatever the hell "it" is, this song could represent the burning desire to do something we're not allowed to (note the tension built up by the repeating verse lyrics) and giving ourselves an excuse for a relief ("no one will be watching us")
  • Yo from Honolulu, HiWell, I'm disapointed. I thought this site would be loaded w tons of Meaning and/or comments about this song. You know: lets kill Paul in the road, etc. lol ;)
  • Liza from The Dalles, OrOf course John Lennon was joking. There are two reasons I believe this: John preferred songs that meant something (with the exception of "I am the Walrus), and he thought Paul's songs didn't compare to his.
  • Marvin from East Brady, PaI believe John said in his famous Playboy interview that this was Paul's best vocal performance which is a legitamate observation. It might have been a different interview but I think it was that one.
  • Michael from Minneapolis, MnIn an interview, John was especially angry that Paul went off and did this song w/o him. More his style than Pauls.
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