|"Mean Mr. Mustard"|
|Song by the Beatles|
|from the album Abbey Road|
|Released||26 September 1969|
24-29 July 1969,|
EMI Studios, London
"Mean Mr. Mustard" is a song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon-McCartney), recorded by The Beatles and released on their album Abbey Road as the third song of its B-side medley. The Abbey Road version was recorded with "Sun King" in one continuous piece.
The song was written in India; Lennon said that it was inspired by a newspaper story about a miser who concealed his cash wherever he could in order to prevent people from forcing him to spend it. On reflection, Lennon did not think highly of the composition, dismissing it in Anthology as "a bit of crap I wrote in India."
A demo version of the song was recorded in May 1968 at Kinfauns, George Harrison's home in Esher. It appears on Anthology 3. In this version, Mustard's sister is named Shirley. Lennon changed it to Pam when he saw the opportunity to ease the segue into the song "Polythene Pam", which follows "Mean Mr. Mustard" on the album. According to Lennon, "In 'Mean Mr. Mustard', I said 'his sister Pam'--originally it was 'his sister Shirley' in the lyric. I changed it to Pam to make it sound like it had something to do with it."
As eventually recorded, "Mustard" originally was to end in the chord of D major--this would have led into the next track in the climactic medley, "Her Majesty". However, since the latter song was moved to the end of the album, "Mustard" instead hard-edits into "Polythene Pam", and thus the final note of "Mustard" would open "Her Majesty" as a stand-alone track at the album's conclusion. The complete version of "Mustard" (with its original clean ending) can be heard on The Beatles: Rock Band video game.