Who are Desmond and Molly Jones?
- PeterLv 41 month ago
Desmond was Desmond Dekker, a Jamaican singer/songwriter who had performed in the UK before McCartney wrote the song.
"The character of Desmond in the lyrics, from the opening line "Desmond has a barrow in the market-place", was a reference to reggae singer Desmond Dekker, who had recently toured the UK. The tag line "Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah" was an expression used by Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor, an acquaintance of McCartney. According to Scott's widow, as part of his stage act with his band Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Scott would call out "Ob la di", to which the audience would respond "Ob la da", and he would then conclude: "Life goes on.""
- ?Lv 71 month ago
Desmond had a barrow/stall in the market and Molly was a singer in a band.
Desmond has a barrow in the market place
Molly is the singer in a band
Desmond says to Molly "girl, I like your face"
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand
Ob-la-di ob-la-da, life goes on
La la how the life goes on
And in the evening she's a singer with the band
- SathiLv 71 month ago
Ask Paul McCartney.