The parents are not close todaughter - they they can get her love with money and don't bother to try to connect with her in other ways. Probably, the girlhome because they are uninvolved parents...
Back in the 60s a young girl would notout of her parents’ house until she got married and then carried on thelife of her parents: a mortgage, kids, and the happiness of a refrigerator and other material items.
In this the well-meaning parents and the lonely, but now-escaping . are both to pity but ultimately our sympathy goes with the . at the end.
This was based on a newspaper story Paul McCartney read about a runaway girl. On February 27th, 1967 the London Daily Mail's headline read: "A-level girl dumps car and vanishes." That girl was 17-year-old Melanie Coe, who had ran away from home leaving everything behind. Her father was quoted as saying, "I cannot imagine why she should run away, she has everything here." McCartney said in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "We'd seen that story and it was my inspiration. There was a lot of these at the time and that was enough to give us the storyline. So I started to get the lyrics: she slips out and leaves a note and the parents wake up, it was rather poignant. I like it as a song and when I showed it to John, he added the Greek chorus and long sustained notes. One of the nice things about the structure of the song is that it stays on those chords endlessly." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England) Some of the lyrics were things John Lennon's Aunt Mimi said to him as a child. She raised John after his parents separated.