Song facts: Polythene Pam, She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

The Beatles began recording two new songs for Abbey Road on July 25th 1969: John Lennon's Polythene Pam and Paul McCartney's She Came in Through the Bathroom Window. The songs appear as tracks six and seven on side two of Abbey Road.

Alternate recordings of both songs can be found on Anthology 3

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

The song was written about two Apple Scruffs; die-hard Beatle fans that used to frequent outside the recording studio to get a glimpse of the Beatles. Two of these Apple scruffs broke into Paul McCartney's house at St. John's Wood in London. The pair of young women came in through the bathroom window and stole some clothing and photographs; they later returned a photo of Paul's dad at his request.

"We were bored, he was out and so we decided to pay him a visit. We found a ladder in his garden and stuck it up at the bathroom window which he'd left slightly open. I was the one who climbed up and got in." - Diane Ashley 

Polythene Pam

Lennon wrote this song while in India. A 1968 demo recorded at George Harrison's home in Esher can be found on Anthology 3. The Beatles played Polythene Pam during some of the Let It Be sessions, but it wasn't until Abbey Road that they found a place for John's quirky little number.

"That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England's answer to Allen Ginsberg...I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn't wear jack boots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about." - John Lennon

Polythene Pam

  • John Lennon – lead vocal, twelve-string acoustic guitar, handclaps
  • Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass, pianos (acoustic and electric)
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, maracas, cowbell

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

  • Paul McCartney – lead and harmony vocals, bass guitar
  • John Lennon – twelve-string acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, maracas, whip
Abbey Road album cover, 1969. 

Abbey Road album cover, 1969. 

Paul McCartney at Abbey Road, 1969. 

Paul McCartney at Abbey Road, 1969.