Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair
So I can climb up and get into your underwear

from Beastie Boys – What Comes Around Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The Beastie Boys are mocking the famous story of Rapunzel. In it, a beautiful child with long golden hair is locked away in a tower, with just one room and one window, and lacking either stairs or a door. When her stepmother, “the enchantress” (who locked her in the tower to begin with) visits, she stands at the base of the tower and calls out:

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair”.

And this is also how the prince, who seeks to rescue Rapunzel, enters the tower. At this point, given the context of the band’s trajectory, the BBoys sound like horny teenagers in these lines.

source: Johnny Gruelle

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