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"Doctor Robert"

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John pays tribute to a less than ethical medic, moonlighting strictly by personal recommendation:

Ring, my friend, I said you'd call Doctor Robert.
Day or night he'll be there any time at all, Doctor Robert.


One can only imagine what he was prescribing as "he helps you to understand"...

Though Lennon claimed it was a celebration of pill-pushing physicians everywhere, the reference to the NHS does seem to place the demon doc in England; even if his first practice had been in America (in false stereo) on "Yesterday"... And Today. More than likely, he was none other than the "wicked dentist" who had spiked him and George for their debut submarine trip. By the writer's own admission, the song was laced with 'in-jokes'.

It's a lively little piece of guitar-driven pop (and boy do those guitars go off on some wild tangents) with the chicka-chicka-racas backing-up the drums to perfection. Then, out of nowhere, in comes the "well, well, well" refrain: out with the jangly guitars and in with a harmonium and cathedral-choir harmonies — just ever-so briefly — and then straight back into the groove...

Inspired! Quite probably by one of the doc's very own potions.

Take a drink from his special cup...
Well, well, well he'll make you!

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