Episode #31 – ‘Sex, Love and Misogyny – The Beatles in Song’

The Beatles’ songs often have such creativity, depth and nuance. Lyrics open to multiple interpretations, married to music that simultaneously captures and conveys the ‘feel’ of those lyrics.

Here, together with sociologist Candy Leonard, author of the book ‘Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World’, we discuss the songwriters’ journey: from the days of sexual innuendo in their lyrics to those, just a few years later, of overt references – while transitioning from misogyny to feminism with love thrown into the mix.

The Music

  • Girl
  • Getting Better
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
  • Why Don’t We Do it in the Road
  • Don’t Let Me Down
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Please Please Me
  • She Loves You
  • I’ll Get You
  • All I’ve Got to Do
  • You Can’t Do That
  • I’ll Cry Instead
  • Run for Your Life
  • She’s a Woman
  • When I Get Home
  • Another Girl
  • You’re Going to Lose That Girl
  • The Night Before
  • Day Tripper
  • Lovely Rita
  • Yer Blues
  • Oh! Darling
  • She’s So Heavy
  • Woman is the Nigger of the World
  • Hi, Hi, Hi
  • Woman