Was she told when she was young that pain
Would lead to pleasure?
This last verse, one of the finest lyrics in the entire Beatles catalogue, calls out Catholic traditions of sexual repression and emphasis on guilt. Lennon, just beginning to enter his mid-twenties in a drug-fuelled state of revolution, despised it.
In a way, trying to say something or other about Christianity" which he was “opposed to at the time.” He explained: “I was just talking about Christianity in that — a thing like you have to be tortured to attain heaven. I’m only saying that I was talking about ‘pain will lead to pleasure’ in ‘Girl’ and that was sort of the Catholic Christian concept — be tortured and then it’ll be alright, which seems to be a bit true but not in their concept of it. But I didn’t believe in that, that you have to be tortured to attain anything, it just so happens that you were."
– John Lennon, Rolling Stone magazine 1971.
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