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She's Leaving Home
The Beatles
Sgt Pepper
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Information
Released 1967
Genre Rock
Language English
Source The Beatles: Rock Band
Available 9 September 2009
Playable in
The Beatles: Rock Band
Difficulty
Band 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce
Basic Pro
Guitar 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce NoNo Part
Bass 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce NoNo Part
Drums NoNo Part NoNo Part
Keys NoNo Part NoNo Part
Vocals 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Details
Male singer
2-part Harmonies



She's Leaving Home is a song by The Beatles which was based on a newspaper story Paul McCartney read about a runaway girl. On February 27th, 1967 the London Daily Mail's headline read: "A-level girl dumps car and vanishes." That girl was 17-year-old Melanie Coe, who had ran away from home leaving everything behind. Her father was quoted as saying, "I cannot imagine why she should run away, she has everything here." McCartney said in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "We'd seen that story and it was my inspiration. There was a lot of these at the time and that was enough to give us the storyline. So I started to get the lyrics: she slips out and leaves a note and the parents wake up, it was rather poignant. I like it as a song and when I showed it to John, he added the Greek chorus and long sustained notes. One of the nice things about the structure of the song is that it stays on those chords endlessly." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)

Melanie Coe, who became an estate agency director, told Dave Simpson her story in a 2008 interview for The Guardian. Said Coe: "London was a very different place in the '60s. I went to a club called the Bag O' Nails [Soho] and I met everybody. You sat on the next table to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, because there weren't many clubs in London. I got in coz I was a cute little girl and I dressed in the latest fashions. I'd go to Mary Quant and Biba, sketch the dress and get my aunt to make my clothes. Ready Steady Go! loved that. They held open auditions. I was 13. It went on what you were wearing and how you danced. I was asked to come every week. I met the Beatles at Ready Steady Go! George was great to meet - I looked a lot like Pattie Boyd, who later became his wife, of course.

I was always going out. I danced the night away and was a face in London. In those days, to be trendy everything had to be French. I bought the T-shirt of the moment, which was my star sign in French. I loved that T-shirt. One day I got home and my mother had cut it to ribbons. She wanted me to look like Princess Anne, not my idol, Marianne Faithfull. When my parents found out I had the pill they grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and made me flush them down the toilet.

I was 17 by then and ran away leaving a note, just like in the song. I went to a doctor and he said I was pregnant, but I didn't know that before I left home. My best friend at the time was married to Ritchie Blackmore, so she hid me at their house in Holloway Road. It was the first place my parents came to look, so I ran off with my boyfriend, who was a croupier, although he had been 'in the motor trade' like it says in the song. I think my dad called up the newspapers - my picture was on the front pages. He made out that I must have been kidnapped, because why would I leave? They gave me everything - coats, cars. But not love. My parents found me after three weeks and I had an abortion. I didn't realize for a long time that the song was about me. Years later Paul was on a program talking about how he'd seen a newspaper article and been inspired by it. My mother pieced it all together and called me to say, 'That song's about you!'

I can't listen to the song. It's just too sad for me. My parents died a long time ago and we were never resolved. That line, 'She's leaving home after living alone for so many years' is so weird to me because that's why I left. I was so alone. How did Paul know that those were the feelings that drove me towards one-night stands with rock stars? I don't think he can have possibly realized that he'd met me when I was 13 on Ready Steady Go!, but when he saw the picture, something just clicked."

No Beatles played instruments on this. John and Paul contributed vocals, which were double-tracked to sound like a quartet, and session musicians played strings. The first female to play on a Beatles album, Sheila Bromberg, played harp. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)

The string section was arranged by Mike Leander because producer George Martin was busy. Leander would later arrange strings for The Rolling Stones on "As Tears Go By."

Some of the lyrics were things John Lennon's Aunt Mimi said to him as a child. She raised John after his parents separated.

In 1988 this was covered by Billy Bragg as part of the children's charity project album Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father. His version was released as a single in the UK as part of a double A side with Wet Wet Wet's version of "With A Little Help From My Friends." The double A sided single topped the UK charts for four weeks. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)

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ON-DISC
THE CAVERN
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ED SULLIVAN SHOW
A Hard Day's Night  • Can't Buy Me Love  • I Wanna Be Your Man  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
SHEA STADIUM
Eight Days a Week  • I Feel Fine  • If I Needed Someone  • I'm Looking Through You  • Ticket to Ride
BUDOKAN
And Your Bird Can Sing  • Day Tripper  • Drive My Car  • Paperback Writer  • Taxman
ABBEY ROAD '66-'67
Getting Better  • Good Morning  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds  • Sgt. Pepper / With a Little Help from My Friends
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Back in the U.S.S.R.  • Dear Prudence  • Hello, Goodbye  • Hey Bulldog  • I Am the Walrus  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
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ROOFTOP CONCERT
Dig a Pony  • Don't Let Me Down  • Get Back  • I Me Mine  • I Want You (She's So Heavy)  • I've Got a Feeling
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