Jet Lyrics - Paul McCartney
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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
Ah mater, want Jet to always love me
Ah mater, want Jet to always love me
Ah mater…much later
And Jet, I thought the major was a lady suffragette!
Ah mater, want Jet to always love me
sponsored linksAh mater, want Jet to always love me
Ah mater…much later
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!
And Jet, you know I thought you was a lady suffragette!
Jet! And a lady, my lady yea...
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fact checking | Reviewer: rowan | 5/21/12
I'd hate for anyone to read some of these comments and think they were actually, uh, true. Here are the facts.
1. Paul McCartney wanted the Eastmans to represent the Beatles because they were great businessmen. Macca's fortune is a direct result of their skill.
2. Paul (rightly) distrusted Allen Klein. That was proven out both by what Klein did to the Stones as well as by various lawsuits eventually filed against Klein by all of the Beatles (once John, Ringo, and George wised up).
3. This Beatles were always a reverse democracy -- if one of them voted against something, they didn't do it. Selecting Klein as their manager after Epstein's death was the first time that they departed from that model. If anyone was dealt with unfairly by his partners, it was Paul.
4. Paul's suit to dissolve the partnership and force Klein's dealings into the open (such as taking a much larger commission than that to which he was contractually obligated and taking commissions for Paul's solo projects) saved the Beatles' fortunes. Even John Lennon eventually admitted it.
I'm glad I looked up the lyrics in this song! | Reviewer: Mr. Herbert Cheese | 3/14/12
This line bothered me for years of hearing the song:
"And Jet, I thought the major was a lady suffragette!"
This is how I heard it for years:
"And Jet, I thought the major was a lady! So forget it!"
I like the song, but you can lump this in the "misheard lyrics" file. It makes more sense now.
Have you ever seen an abstract painting you liked? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/7/11
Sir Paul works in lyrics the way a master painter works in abstract expression. He takes beautiful bits and puts them together. The sum is greater than all the parts. And the best part is there is meaning for everyone where you find it...
Jet Origin | Reviewer: Ron | 8/1/11
I still have an off-air recording of a BBC Radio 1 broadcast made at the time when Jet was released. It includes an interview with Paul himself in which he explicitly said that the inspiration for Jet was his puppy dog.
No meaning for me | Reviewer: zug | 6/25/11
I was thinking about this catchy tune the other day. Looked up the lyrics. It can't mean anything to any normal human. Maybe the story about someone challenging Paul to write a song using Suffragette in it, is the only rational explanation. But anyway doesn't matter. He had a catchy tune and he needed some words to go along. Kind of too bad that lyric writing so often took second place to the tune in popular hits but that's how it goes...
Stop blaming Yoko | Reviewer: Aquaria | 5/30/11
It has nothing to do with Yoko Ono. If anyone got too involved in the Beatles' business it was that dog with Wings, Linda McCartney, who tried to push her dad on the band as their manager, and the other three strongly objected, because they thought they would get screwed over while Paul raked in all the goodies. The other three wisely wanted to hire Allen Klein, who was then the top manager in rock music, and had landed huge contracts for the Stones and even the damned Bee Gees. They knew he could get them a record-breaking deal, and here was Paul and his wife insisting on having her daddy, a fine lawyer, of course, but not much use to the biggest rock band in the world coming up on a contract negotiation. Paul and Linda are the single biggest reason for the breakup--not Yoko Ono.
think | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/20/11
This song is about john letting yoko have have a say in the Beatles business. He was calling John suffragette. Though somewhat inspired by bowie, Paul put a couple red herrings in there to keep us guessing. When asked about the meaning of the song, Paul kept the mystery alive by giving a story first about a dog and then later about a horse
Meaning | Reviewer: Andy | 10/31/10
Just seen an interview with Paul McCartney where the interviewer asked what the song meant. It turns out 'Jet' was the name of one of Paul and Linda's ponies, and was just the starting point for the song.
Meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/1/10
Well, first of all: Jet is Paul's dog. Some say he just wrote a song to his dog, and didn't care about what they meant because... well... a dog normally doesn't understand the meaning of a song. That theory sounds like shit hanging from a stick in my eyes.
I think it looks like a father(Sergeant Major) was a suffragette(=a supporter of females right to vote), and still he rejected his daugther to marry whoever she liked. Therefor, hypocrisy is a team in the son.
I do also think the whole "major/suffragette"-thing is about Bowie. Why? Well, Major Tom and Suffragette City are some of Bowie's biggest hits, and they where realised only a few years before Jet. So a mixture of his dog, Bowie and hypocrisy shaped this song IMO.
Back story ... | Reviewer: Moose | 5/28/10
The song might make more sense if you knew some of the back story behind it.
Some of you guys really are incredibly stupid for not doing the slightest bit of research or brain activity before you spout out your half baked non-sense.
Anyway, this is a brilliant song with a great back story – McCartney bragged to his friends one day that he could create a hit song about anything, so one his friends bet him that he could not make a hit song out of the word “suffragette”. Needless to say, McCartney won.
i can't believe i share the same air as you narrow-minded bloaky dolts | Reviewer: duh | 1/30/10
You'd have to be retarded on an unprecidented level to read the lyrics of this song and not get a possible meaning from them. First of all the best song writers out there aren't so direct with their meaning. they like the thought of their listeners thinking for themselves. secondly, he's a lyricist not a 'paperback writer'. Unlike novelists, songwriters have on average about 3-5 minutes typically to express their feelings for a particular group of words.
the song is a call out to jet the woman. he's calling out the seargent major for proclaiming his support of women's rights and being a hypocrite for not letting jet his daughter marry at such a young age.
and how can you say that mccartney and lennon write songs without meaning.
McCartney's credit - just a few - btw he has 60 gold records - yesterday, hey jude, let it be, get back, eleanor rigby, eight days a week, can't buy me love, penny lane
lennon's credit - just a few - All you need is love, strawberry fields forever, hard day's night, do you want to know a secret, ticket to ride, help!, revolution.
I really think you boneheaded neanderthals nead to get a cure for your foot-in-mouth syndrome because you're making it easy for people like me to make you look and sound like a real nimrod a-hole. If you don't like the beatles, mccartney or lennon and any of their collaborations just say it. don't rip apart their previously proven and accredited song writing abilities and then now and forever remembered regardless of what your keyboard cover stained, monitor splattered, game playing, loser of a oxygen consumer. just look up the record sales. nothing you can say can take away that success and won't stop anyone else from buying them in the future. damn you people are db's.
Magic | Reviewer: Ricardo | 12/8/09
Paul was never as good a lyricist as John, but he was the real musician behind The Beatles. It's all about magic, a Beatles tradition. "Climb on the back and we’ll go for a ride in the sky": me too! We live in an ugly world and some magic is refreshing. I', 50, not 18, who cares? I'll fly as well.
One of those songs where you think you're hearing the lyriscs wrong... | Reviewer: Perry Normal | 5/27/09
...but sadly, you're not! He really is singing words that make no sense. It's amazing to me that there are thousands of apiring talented songwriters trying to catch a break with a great song lyric and McCartney gets a hit with this garbage! Unfortunately for us, it's catchy. :(
It stinks! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/23/09
Paul McCartney, as in so many other songs by him as well as Lennon, never made any sense to the public and they never were intended to. He was stoned when he wrote it and it stinks like it. There is no deeper meaning to the listener but only to the writer, if indeed he had one at all. If you have something to say…say it already, clearly. This is typical Beatle bull written one of their ex-leaders. The music is good but the lyrics crap.
Bowie and Lennon | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/9/08
I've read other accounts that say this song is about David Bowie (Major Tom) and John Lennon (Jet), and that suffragette is a reference to Bowie's song. The Major was looking a bit like a lady at the time...
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