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The Beatles: Ringo Starr's vicious jab at Paul McCartney after split? Song meaning debated

The Beatles: Ringo Starr's vicious jab at Paul McCartney after split? Song meaning debated 1

Hotly contested is the true meaning of the drummer’s single Back Off Boogaloo, which was released in 1972 and co-written by Harrison.

Fans are divided when it comes to decoding the lyrics, with some falling into the camp which see the song as a playful tribute to Marc Bolan and others believing it contains thinly veiled insults about the star’s ex-bandmate.

“Wake up, meathead / Don’t pretend that you are dead / Get yourself up off the cart,” the lyrics say, a possible play on the famous conspiracy theory that McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike.

If the song were a reference to McCartney, the “meathead” taunt could be interpreted as a fairly brazen affront.

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