Real Love


From this moment on I know
Exactly where my life will go

Seems that all I really was doing
Was waiting for love


Early Days


It’s me remembering walking down the street, dressed in black, with the guitars across our back. I can picture the exact street. It was a place called Menlove Avenue. Someone’s going to read significance into that: Paul and John on Menlove Avenue. Come onnnnnnn.
(Paul McCartney – Rollng Stone)

This One


“Did you ever take me in your arms, look me in the eye, tell me that you do?

Did I ever open up my heart, let you look inside?

If I never did it, I was only waiting, for a better moment that didn’t come

There never could be a better moment, than this one, this one”

Paul McCartney – This One (Artwork by Fiona Fu)

A tenderness that belies their mythic Scouse upbringing


“On my desk I keep a tearsheet of a portrait of John Lennon and Paul McCartney taken by photographer David Bailey. There’s something about the photograph that captured then and still holds my attention to this day. Like all great photographs it’s hard to put into words why the picture is so affecting; in my case it’s a feeling about the quality of the relationship between Lennon and McCartney. There’s a tenderness there that belies their mythic Scouse upbringing in Liverpool. Looking at the picture, Lennon’s head tilts a bit to the right, while McCartney’s goes left; his head seems to float against the solid black shape of Lennon’s body. Each a part of the other”.
Russell Devita



Q: “Good. Who was principally responsible, Paul or John?”

JOHN: “Paul.”

PAUL: “John, really.”

JOHN & PAUL: “No. No.”

Q: “I see.”

JOHN: “Ringo.”

John Lennon and Paul McCartney asked about progress on their upcoming album (March 1967)

Maybe I’m Amazed


Q: If Lennon was alive, which song of yours would you like him to play?

A: Maybe I’m Amazed comes into my mind. That would be interesting to hear him sing that.

Q: Which song of yours would you like to be remembered by?

A: Your songs are like your babies, you don’t want to have a favourite. But Maybe I’m Amazed – ‘cos John’s got to sing it.

Paul McCartney, 2009.

When I painted him recently


John is a central figure in my life. I will always be grateful for having such intimate time with him. The more distant his stuff becomes, the greater it seems. I used to do caricatures of John. He was the only person I knew with an aquiline nose. When I painted him recently, I found myself saying: “How did his lips go? I can’t remember.” Then I would think: “Of course you know, you wrote all those songs facing each other.” (Paul McCartney, 2000)


That beery old breath


“We wrote our first songs together, we grew up together and we lived our lives together. And when we’d do it together, something special would happen. There’d be that little magic spark. I still remember his beery old breath when I first met him here [Woolton church fete] that day. But I soon came to love that beery old breath. And I loved John”. (Paul McCartney, 2003)

A really sweet guy


“There is this period of John which is all pre-Beatles, pre-huge fame, pre-drugs – and it is another John completely – that was always there right until the end. He got much sweeter, too, once he settled in New York. Once he was reunited with Yoko, and they had Sean, he became this sweet personalty again then when he was more comfortable with himself. But the acerbic John is the one we know and love, you know, because he was clever with it, so it was very attractive. But, for me, I have more than a slight affection for the John that I knew then, when we were first writing songs, when we would try and do things the old songwriters had done. I slightly regret the way John’s image has formed, and because he died so tragically it has become set in concrete. The acerbic side was there but it was only part of him. He was also such a sweet, lovely man – a really sweet guy.” (Paul McCartney)