And now, more than 50 years later, Paul McCartney admits the group got a bit salty in the lyrics, managing to slip in some naughtiness as a joke.
“There was a thing in Liverpool that us kids used to do, which was instead of saying ‘f-off’, we would say ‘chicka ferdy!’”
The offending phrase is in “The Sun King.”
“In that song we just kind of made up things, and we were all in on the joke. We were thinking that nobody would know what it meant, and most people would think, ‘Oh, it must be Spanish,’ or something,'” Paul told the Daily Mirror.
“But, we got a little seditious word in there! When you are kids you make up silly things, and what’s great about it is you and your friends all know those silly things… So, they don’t have to mean anything.
“We had a few words and phrases that, if one of us said it, would amuse the others because it was like a secret code. But I suppose at lot of this came from The Goon Show, a comedy show on the radio. We just used to say absolutely silly little things.”
The “Sun King” was a nickname given to King Louis XIV. Some reports suggest John Lennon who wrote the song was also making fun of George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun.”
A version without the saucy lyrics.