Dear Prudence is one of my favorite Beatles songs. The song was written for Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence Farrow. The sisters just happened to be studying in a remote location in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the same time that the Beatles were there. Prudence Farrow took the lessons very seriously and would retreat to her cottage and stay inside for days on end. She basically turned into a recluse. John Lennon was asked to check on her and see if he could get her to join the others. His, “Dear Prudence,” with it’s simple, sweet lyrics, was inspired by this task.
I can’t imagine being the subject of a popular song, much less a Beatles’ song. “The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so are you.” I also can’t imagine being at a retreat with the Beatles and hiding out in my cottage for days and weeks* — although, look, she has a song written for her and I don’t, so there you go… Don’t listen to me.
*Unless I was feeling fat and had nothing to wear