From this moment on I know
Exactly where my life will go
Seems that all I really was doing
Was waiting for love
“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)
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.
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)
“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)
“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)