Paul McCartney based a character named ‘Lavatory Lil’ on someone he initially liked
Paul’s 1970 debut solo album is called
McCartney. In 1980, he released a sequel called McCartney II. It wasn’t until 2020 that he completed the trilogy with the album McCartney III.
During a 2020 interview with
The New York Times Magazine, the “ Silly Love Songs” singer discussed a song from McCartney III titled “Lavatory Lil.” In the song, Paul sings “She’s acting like a starlet, but she’s looking like a harlot.”
Paul said the song was a parody based on someone he disliked. “I thought things were great; it turned nasty,” he recalled. “So I made up the character Lavatory Lil and remembered some of the things that had gone on and put them in the song. I don’t need to be more specific than that. I will never divulge who it was.”
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During a 2020 interview with
NME, Paul said “Lavatory Lil” was not based on a single individual. “‘Lavatory Lil’ is about anybody that you don’t like and that you didn’t get on with and I think in our lives we have a lot of people like that,” he said. “It’s not about anyone in particular but it is a fictitious character, I just liked the idea of someone being called ‘Lavatory Lil.’”
Subsequently, Paul compared “Lavatory Lil” to a song from
The Beatles’ . “It harks back to one of John’s old songs, ‘Polythene Pam’, and what you do is you take half an idea of someone, you just make a fiction about what they do and what they’re like.” Abbey Road
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Paul never released “Lavatory Lil” as a single and it did not chart on the
Billboard Hot 100. McCartney III became a huge hit. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 4 weeks.
The Official Charts Company, “Lavatory Lil” did not chart in the United Kingdom either. Meanwhile, McCartney III reached No. 1 on the chart for one week. The album spent three weeks on the chart in total.
“Lavatory Lil” is an interesting recent song from Paul even if audiences will never know who inspired it.
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