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Old 05-09-2019, 02:39 AM
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"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"


This is, of course, a Beatles song, published on the Sergeant Pepper album. It was famously inspired by a circus advertisement from the 19th century that John saw in an antique store (a jpeg of the ad can be found here). The lyrics of the song are closely based on the advertising praise for the circus from that poster.

I wonder, though, what the "for the benefit of Mr. Kite" phrase in both song and poster is supposed to mean. It sounds like the advertised event is a charity performance, with proceeds going to the named Mr. Kite. But the general tone is that Mr. Kite is a skilled performer, not somebody dependent on others' charity. Anyone with an idea? It's been bugging me since I first heard the song.
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