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Who are Desmond and Molly Jones?

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  • Peter
    Lv 4
    1 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.[11] 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.[12][13] 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."[14]"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Dekker

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ob-La-Di,_Ob-La-Da

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Desmond had a barrow/stall in the market and Molly was a singer in a band.

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    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

  • Sathi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Ask Paul McCartney.

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