Early Days

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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)

And you were the one they backed up to the wall

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“Well, I was hurt by George’s book, “I, Me, Mine” — so this message will go to him. He put a book out privately on his life that, by glaring omission, says that my influence on his life is absolutely zilch and nil. In his book, which is purportedly this clarity of vision of his influence on each song he wrote, he remembers every two-bit sax player or guitarist he met in subsequent years. I’m not in the book. ”  (John Lennon, 1980 Playboy Interview)

“Living with good and bad / I always looked up to you
Now we’re left cold and sad / by someone the devil’s best friend
Someone who offended all”

(George Harrison – All Those Years Ago 1981, Somewhere In England)

A cry for help

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“Don’t Let Me Down was a genuine plea… It was saying to Yoko, ‘I’m really stepping out of line on this one. I’m really letting my vulnerability be seen, so you must not let me down.’ I think it was a genuine cry for help. It was a good song”.
Paul McCartney
(Many Years From Now)

This One

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“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 Tribute to Women

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Lady Madonna started off as the Virgin Mary, the it was a working-class woman, of which obviously there’s millions in Liverpool. (…) So the original concept was the Virgin Mary but it quickly became symbolic of every woman; the Madonna image but as applied to ordinary working-class woman. It’s really a tribute to the mother figure, it’s a tribute to women.”

Paul McCartney (illustration by Alan Aldridge)

The same feller

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“I WILL it’s pretty smoochy stuff. We have to do it. That’s why there’s a great variety on this LP and in everthing we do. We just haven’t got one bag. On one hand you’ll get “I Will” and then you’ll get “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road”. It’s me feeling both of them, the same feller, and I wrote both. I can’t explain it, but there we are”.

Paul McCartney  NME 30/11/1968

Roll Up!

piechart-911x1024“Paul’s Mystery Tour scenario was achingly simplistic. It was diagrammed on a single sheet of paper he’d first shown to Brian Epstein back in May. The entire blueprint was contained in a circle divided into eight segments labeled as follows :

1. Commercial introduction. Get on coach. Courier introduces. 2. Coach people meet each other / (Song, Fool On The Hill?) 3. marathon – laboratory sequence 4. smiling faces. LUNCH. mangoes, tropical (magician) 5. and 6: Dreams 7. Stripper & band 8. Song

END”

(From Bob Spitz, The Beatles)