Testament to Ringo‘s ability to bring something to the solo table, kooky blues jam, “Back Off Boogaloo,” dropped on this day in 1972 quickly became notorious for its supposed cryptic skewerings of fellow Beatle, Paul McCartney.

Following the break-up lawsuits of 1970 — ‘Boogaloo’ was supposedly a nickname for Paul, while the Ringo-crafted lyric “don’t pretend that you’re dead” simultaneously perpetuated the ‘Paul is dead‘ legend and music-nerd so on.

Though Ringo has since deflated that sentiment numerous times, citing ‘Boogaloo’ as just a silly word his friend Marc Bolan (T. Rex) uttered a few times too many one night — which doesn’t explain the tension still happening in the song, nor George Harrison‘s free-wheelin’ guitar bits — somewhere between a line about giving a protagonist “something tasty” and a video featuring a picnic with a flower-toting Frankenstein, genius happens:

Back off Boogaloo
I said, back off Boogaloo
C’mon, back off boogaloo, boo

Get yourself together now

And give me something tasty
Ev’rything you try to do,
You know it sure sounds wasted