Lovely Rita
The Beatles
Beatles 1967 Sgt Peppers LP

Lovely Rita, meter maid
Nothing can come between us
When it gets dark
I tow your heart away

Peak Chart Position
  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • on the record:
         Paul McCartney- vocals, piano, bass, comb and paper
         John Lennon - acoustic rhythm guitar, backing vocals, comb and paper
         George Harrison - acoustic rhythm guitar, backing vocals, comb and paper
         Ringo Starr - drums, comb and paper
         George Martin - piano
  • written by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney
  • Paul McCartney: There was a story in the paper about 'Lovely Rita', the meter maid. She's just retired as a traffic warden. The phrase 'meter maid' was so American that it appealed, and to me a 'maid' was always a little sexy thing: 'Meter maid. Hey, come and check my meter, baby.' I saw a bit of that, and then I saw that she looked like a 'military man'.
  • producer George Martin plays the honky tonk piano heard on the record
  • on the final day of recording for the "Lovely Rita" sessions, March 21, 1967, the members of Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason) were at Abbey Road recording their first album and were brought in to meet the Beatles
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded at Abbey Road Studios (Feb 23, 24, March 7, 21, 1967)
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