Thursday, March 09, 2006

(151) Telling people why the title of Maharishi was changed to Sexy Sadie

In the spring of 1998, Tony Tylor lent me a copy of Ian MacDonald’s book Revolution in the Head in which it is explained that the original title of The Beatles’ song Sexy Sadie was Maharishi.

This was through their cynicism about the teachings of guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and especially John Lennon’s disillusionment.
The threat of litigation had caused them to change the title.

It contains the lyrics "Sexy Sadie, what have you done? You made a fool of everyone."

"Sexy Sadie" had originally been "Maharishi".
That was the first that I had heard of this.

Circa June 29th 1998 I imagined myself in conversation and telling people what the original title of the song had been.

Around 7:p.m. on July 1st 1998 I walked by the Anchor Inn pub in George Street, Hastings and overheard somebody inside explaining this very detail to some others.


Lillian Rigby said...

Look what Mick Jagger said about WHO hit on one of the Beatles while they were in India.

Lillian Rigby said...

Mick Jagger said it was the Maharishi who hit on one of the Beatles, not a female in their group of friends and family. Jagger would know being friends with them and why would he lie about it? I can see one of the Beatles telling him. But the PR version is the Maharishi hit on one of the girls with them.