A local radio station that plays "golden oldies" has banned a Beatles song after female listeners complained its lyrics promoted violence against women.

      "Run for Your Life," written by John Lennon and released on the 1965 Rubber Soul album, says "I'd rather see you dead, little girl, than to see you with another man.""You better run for your life if you can, little girl, hide your head in the sand, little girl, catch you with another man, that's the end," the chorus continues.

      Feminist groups campaigning to stop violence against women applauded the ban as indication of growing public awareness of an issue that had been taken for granted in the 1960s.

      CFRA-AM program manager Mark Mahew said four callers complained about the lyrics Tuesday and the station yanked the song from its feature list. "This is a very sensitive issue in Canada at the moment," Mahew told Reuters.

      On Sunday, feminist groups marked the third anniversary of the massacre of 14 women on a Montreal university campus by a deranged anti-feminist gunman.

      Elliot Mintz, a spokesman for Lennon's estate, told The Canadian Press that Lennon embraced feminist issues later in his life but would still have opposed the censorship.

      The singer was slain by a man in New York in 1980.