14. There was a real Doctor Robert.
“Doctor Robert” was the first Beatles cut to overtly cover drugs, with the titular doctor being one Doctor Robert Freymann, who ran an NYC clinic. “I was the one who carried the pills on tour,” Lennon said in David Sheff’s All We Are Saying, the thinking being that you could get them from the likes of Freymann, also dubbed the Great White Father.
And yet, the Beatles’ first out-in-the-open song about drugs is also, according to Paul McCartney in Many Years, a parody.
“John and I thought it was a funny idea: the fantasy doctor who would fix you up by giving you drugs. … It’s just a piss-take. As far as I know, neither of us ever went to a doctor for those kinds of things. But there was a fashion for it and there still is. Change your blood and have a vitamin shot and you’ll feel better.”