A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
But nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords
Even Paul McCartney had no idea what Lennon is talking about; he told an interviewer that he thought the verse was about a “stoned politician.”:
The verse about the politician blowing his mind out in a car we wrote together. It has been attributed to Tara Browne, the Guinness heir, which I don’t believe is the case, certainly as we were writing it, I was not attributing it to Tara in my head. In John’s head it might have been. In my head I was imagining a politician bombed out on drugs who’d stopped at some traffic lights and didn’t notice that the lights had changed. The ‘blew his mind’ was purely a drugs reference, nothing to do with a car crash.
Tara Browne’s father Dominick Browne who actually was in the House of Lords. In a remarkable coincidence he took his own father’s seat after he died in a car crash.
Nowadays, of course, Paul would simply have to consult Rock Genius!
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