A Fish & Finger Pie (This Is Not A Food Post)

October 19, 2010 | By | COMMENTS

Today I was reading Anthony Lane’s review of “Nowhere Boy” in The New Yorker and I came upon this paragraph:

“The only sexual charge of any force, to John’s intense discomfort, is that between mother and son; more routine is the sight of him with a schoolgril, helping himself to what ‘Penny Lane’ would later identify as finger pie.”

As any fan of The Beatles knows, the lyric referenced is from the jolly, bouncy song Paul McCartney wrote about where he grew up (lovingly performed by Elvis Costello in the above clip.) The implication here, though, seems to be that “fish and finger pie” is a reference to…well…a sexual act.

Sure enough, this is confirmed on this page about Beatles songs that you didn’t know were dirty. According to the site (which also argues that “Happiness is a Warm Gun” is meant to be heard as “A Penis Is a Warm Gun”), “The Beatles themselves admitted that a’fish and finger pie’ was Liverpudlian schoolboy slang for touching a girl’s genitals.”

So there you have it. I’m afraid to ask what “Strawberry Fields” is really about.

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  1. John Reichel says:

    Strawberry Fields is an orphanage in Liverpool. I saw it on a tour given by Allan Williams, the Beatles’ former manager. I think he said one of the first Quarrymen gigs was held there. And yes, he told me about the Fish & Finger Pie, that’s definitely true. There’s a public loo in the center of the Penny Lane roundabout and that’s where the Pie was enjoyed.

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