On Music: Beatlemania Week - No. 1

We're trying something new this week! Instead of a list, we're going to try breaking a story into episodes. Think HBO mini-series style, only with posts on a blog. This week's theme is the Beatles. All week, we'll be looking at some interesting stories and factoids about specific songs. So let's start episode #1 with "Dear Prudence."

“Dear Prudence”

1968 was an eventful year for not only the Beatles, but actress Mia Farrow. For starters, while filming her first hit film, Rosemary’s Baby, in the Dakota (where John Lennon was murdered 12 years later), her then-husband, Frank Sinatra, served her with divorce papers on set. Then there was the trip with her brother and sister and world-renowned Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh, to his ashram in India for a Transcendental Meditation teacher training course. The Farrow siblings were later joined by all four Beatles.

Mia’s sister, Prudence, took the training so seriously, she wound up meditating some 23 hours a day, rarely coming out of the cottage she was living in. This inspired John Lennon to write the lyrics:

Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won't you come out to play

Lennon said later that "She'd been locked in for three weeks and was trying to reach God quicker than anyone else."

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My husband watched the movie musical Across the Universe this morning. I walked in as they were talking to some girl named Prudence and said, "Oh, she's just named that so they can sing that song to her. I bet we meet Sadie, Martha, and Lucy before it's over."

I was right about most of it.
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