She's not a girl who misses much
Do do do do do do, oh yeah
She's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet hand
Like a lizard on a window pane
The man in the crowd with the multicoloured mirrors
On his hobnail boots
Lying with his eyes while his hands are busy
Working overtime
A soap impression of his wife which he ate
And donated to the National Trust

The Beatles - Happiness Is a Warm Gun lyrics meaning


The song “Happiness is a Warm Gun” was written by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon and Paul McCartney on their 1968 eponymous double album, also known as The White Album. The song was reportedly George Harrison and Paul McCartney’s favourite of the record, despite tensions running high in the recording studio.

A popular interpretation of the song is that it’s about the use of heroin, with the gun being a syringe. This is backed by the fact that Lennon was struggling with addiction during the recording of The White Album. In fact, it was so readily believe that the BBC banned the song from their airwaves on its release as they thought it promoted the use of drugs. However, The Beatles consistently denied this.

Says Lennon in his Anthology:

“Happiness Is a Warm Gun was another one which was banned on the radio - they said it was about shooting up drugs. But they were advertising guns and I thought it was so crazy that I made a song out of it. It wasn't about 'H' at all.”

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