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Do you remember Paul McCartney’s song “Jet”?

Paul McCartney has had so many stages in his life!  This is a time when everything seemed fun and together for them.

I can’t believe that this song is from 1976!

I have a friend with a Greyhound named “Jet”.  When she mentions him, I think of the song by Paul McCartney and Wings.

There is a lot of confusion about what the song means.

From Songfacts.com –

“Jet” was the name of a black Labrador that Paul McCartney and his wife Linda owned, and the dog provided the title for the song. The McCartney’s owned a variety of animals, and at the time their brood included a Golden Lab named Poppy, a Dalmatian named Lucky, and the old Sheepdog Martha (from the Beatles song “Martha My Dear”). “Jet” was chosen not because he was Paul’s favorite, but because the name makes a very stadium-ready title, perfect for throwing your fist in the air when it’s performed in an arena. The song is really about freedom; McCartney did something similar when he used an amusement park ride as the title for a song about madness in “Helter Skelter.”

Paul’s wife Linda gave some clues to the thought process behind “Jet” when she said in 1976: “He wanted that one to be totally mad. Paul’s had a lot of practice in the studio. He’s done some very trippy things. Every now and then he remembers how much he loves it.”
Tony Visconti, who did a lot of production work for David Bowie and Thin Lizzy, did the orchestration on this song, giving the song a lot of energy and drive.
It’s possible to read a deep meaning into the lyrics, “I thought the Major was a lady suffragette,” but David Bowie’s song Suffragette City was released the previous year, and it’s likely the word “suffragette,” which is a term for a woman fighting for the right to vote, was floating around in McCartney’s mind.
Linda McCartney was an official member of the band, and she was often maligned in the press as being dead weight. Her contributions on stage were rarely pronounced, which was probably the way the audio engineers mixing the shows liked it, but on live performances of this song you can kind of hear her playing the Mellotron if you listen carefully.
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Lyrics –

Jet! Jet!

Jet, I can almost remember their funny faces
That time you told them that you were going to be marrying soon
And Jet, I thought the only lonely face was on the moon!

Jet! Jet! Jet!

Was your father as bold as the Sergeant Major
Well how come he told you that you’re hardly old enough yet?
And Jet, I thought the major was a lady suffaragette

Jet! Jet!

Ah mater, want Jet to always love me
Ah mater, want Jet to always love me
Ah mater…much later

Jet!

And Jet, I thought the major was a lady suffragette!

Jet! Jet!

Ah mater, want Jet to always love me
Ah mater, want Jet to always love me
Ah mater…much later

Jet!

With the wind in your hair of a thousand laces
Climb on the back and we’ll go for a ride in the sky
And Jet, I thought that the major was a lady suffragette!

Jet! Jet!

And Jet, you know I thought you was a lady suffragette!

Jet! And a lady, my lady yea…

Oh.

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  1. Ben
    January 8, 2013 at 2:47 am

    good song, thanks for the share!

  2. bajabybus
    January 8, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Thanks for making me feel old, Sally! 😉

    • January 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

      lol – makes me feel better that there are so many of us getting older! LOL

  3. StrategyNut
    January 8, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Of course I remember. I was around when Ed Sullivan intro’d the Beatles to American. Been a fan ever since.

    • January 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Thanks for your note! I loved to dance along with everything on Ed Sullivan when I was little.

  4. January 8, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Great song

  5. January 8, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Really amazing one…Great vid and things shared

  6. Freezecone
    January 8, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Energizing song just what I needed!

  7. Randay
    January 8, 2013 at 4:10 am

    thanks for the memories 🙂

  8. January 8, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Wow I do remember the tunes !! thanks !!

    • January 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Thanks for the note and the reblog!

      • January 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm

        Absolute pleasure Sally !!

  9. January 8, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Reblogged this on Social Media News !! and commented:
    Love it

  10. January 8, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Remember it well.

  11. January 8, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Great memories, Sally and Bruce!

  12. January 8, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Reblogged this on Greatpoetrymhf's Weblog.

  13. January 8, 2013 at 4:41 am

    ThX for the wonderful post, reblogged and delighted

  14. January 8, 2013 at 4:56 am

    You just can’t go wrong with the Beatles.

  15. Catherine White Photography
    January 8, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I really like Paul McCartney; nice choice.

    • January 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Catherine, nice to hear from you!

  16. January 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Whole lot of memories of good times came rolling in. Thanks very much

  17. January 8, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Great album Band on the Run with ‘Yet’ is released in 1973 and oh yeah I’ve loved it too!

  18. Ian
    January 8, 2013 at 8:03 am

    One of the best of Maccer’s post-Beatles songs, but I miss that pithy Lennon input. After about 3:30, Lennon needs a contradictory bridge that questions all that went before, in the same way that say, McCartney’s brilliant We Can Work It Out is so successfully lanced by Lennon’s “Life is very short and there’s no time…” In Jet, I can almost hear Lennon adding a But, or an However to just lift that last minute into greatness. I can only speculate. A great reminder of the past tinged with sadness of what could have been. The Beatles missed stadium rock by a couple of years. They would most definitely be going strong now. Thank you.

    • January 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Interesting notes, Ian. Thank you.

  19. langer5635
    January 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Was growing up when it came out. Lots of memories.

  20. January 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I hadn’t thought of that song in years. I remember hearing that when I was a wee lad…OK a kid in school. Thanks for the fun memory.

  21. January 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thanks Sally, I had forgotten all about it

  22. sathishisaac
    January 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

    brings back my school memories,quite nostalgic!

  23. January 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Reblogged this on herbszaga.

  24. January 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Funny. I hadn’t remembered this song. Shows what age can do.

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