Lovely Rita

"Lovely Rita" is a song by the Beatles performed on the 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, written and sung by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.


Lovely Rita (WORD)
Lovely Rita (PDF)

You can play along in GCEA tuning if you put your capo on the 3rd fret though we have altered the arrangement for BUG

The term "meter-maid", largely unknown in the UK prior to the song's release, is American slang for a female traffic warden. According to some sources, the song originates from when a female traffic warden named Meta Davies issued a parking ticket to McCartney outside Abbey Road Studios. Instead of becoming angry, he accepted it with good grace and expressed his feelings in song. When asked why he had called her "Rita," McCartney replied, "Well, she looked like a Rita to me". The unusual noises during the song after the lines "and the bag across her shoulder/ made her look a little like a military man" were Lennon, McCartney and Harrison playing comb and paper.

****REVISED July 22, 2019 - SR****

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