Did Ringo Starr take a vicious swipe at Paul McCartney in solo song after The ...

THE BEATLES' Ringo Starr wouldn't be the only one to have used his solo songs to take a swipe at Paul McCartney after the band broke up, but is that really what Back Off Boogaloo was about?

PUBLISHED: 12:34, Fri, May 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:21, Fri, May 1, 2020

The Beatles were a somewhat fractured group by the time they officially broke up in 1970. The outfit really met its end the previous year when John Lennon shocked his bandmates by announcing he was quitting. All four members, Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison subsequently launched solo careers, their paths diverging.

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But strain and tension towards the end of their time together left a cloud over the relationships between the former bandmates.

What followed the split was a period of feuding, with Lennon and McCartney in particular being at each other’s throats in the press, their music and in private.

The pair “weaponised” songs against each other, as McCartney recently mused, using their lyrics to make jibes about the other.

But was Starr also utilising his solo music to have a stab at McCartney?


The Beatles: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartneyThe Beatles: Ringo Starr's song might be about Paul McCartney according to some fans (Image: GETTY)

The Beatles: Ringo StarrThe Beatles: Ringo Starr said Back Off Boogaloo was a tribute to Marc Bolan (Image: GETTY)

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Hotly contested is the true meaning of the drummer’s single Back Off Boogaloo, which was released in 1972 and co-written by Harrison.

Fans are divided when it comes to decoding the lyrics, with some falling into the camp which see the song as a playful tribute to Marc Bolan and others believing it contains thinly veiled insults about the star’s ex-bandmate.

“Wake up, meathead / Don’t pretend that you are dead / Get yourself up off the cart,” the lyrics say, a possible play on the famous conspiracy theory that McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike.

If the song were a reference to McCartney, the

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