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 tenderness that belies their mythic Scouse upbringing

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“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

Who

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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)