Today’s session began with another attempt, this time successful, to create a stereo mix for “A Day in the Life.” With that done, The Beatles had a go at the new song Paul had brought in, “Lovely Rita.”

This song may or may not have been inspired by an actual McCartney encounter with a female traffic warden. Years later a woman named Meta Davies came forward saying that she had given Paul a ticket around this time and that he had commented on her unusual name. Paul denies this, but he is sometimes oddly squirrelly about the sources of his ideas.

In any case, “Lovely Rita” was in fact written and recorded. It is a bit of a throwaway; a catchy tune that works nicely in the flow of the album and has no deeper agenda than keeping us entertained for two minutes and forty-six seconds. It’s probably best not to think too much about it.

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