Sir Paul McCartney reveals The Beatles break-up was ‘like a divorce’ and that he was ‘hurt’ by John Lennon saying he didn’t believe in the band
In a extract of his new book, The Lyrics: 1956 to The Present, published today in サンデー・タイムズ Sir Paul, 79, he was ‘hurt’ by John Lennon’s decision to leave the legendary band, which he announced to Paul, Ringo Starr and George Harrison during a meeting in late 1969.
The songwriter said it felt like Lennon was divorcing them, but added the other bandmates never thought about going on with the band after Lennon left, because they had always been a unit since they started in 1962.
In the book released on 2nd November, he also revealed the meaning behind some of the band’s most-loved songs, including Yesterday and Penny Lane.
Despite being one of the biggest break-ups of the 20th Century, the father-of-five has rarely spoken publicly abut it.
In the new extract, he said he always kept quiet but his late bandmate John Lennon was more vocal and made ‘hurtful’ comments saying it was ‘c***’ and that he didn’t believe in the band.
ポール・マッカートニー卿, 79,pictured has compared the Beatles’ break-up as a divorce in his upcoming book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the present, which will be published on November 2
The Beatles officially split in 1970, but discontent had been brewing since 1967, and Lennon privately told his band members he wanted to leave the band in September 1969 (で描かれています 1963)
‘Towards the end of 1969, John had quite gleefully told us it was over. There were a few of us in the Apple boardroom at the time,’ 彼が書きました.
‘Eventually John said, “ああ, I’ve been wanting to tell you this, but I’m leaving the Beatles.’” We were all shocked. Relations had been strained, but we sat there saying, “何? なぜ? なぜ? なぜ?” It was like a divorce, and he had just had a divorce from Cynthia the year before,’ 彼が追加した.
He also recalled Lennon, who was fatally shot in New York in 1980, saying the split was exciting.
Paul also recounted how his former bandmate accused him of leaving the Beatles to promote his future solo album, which he denied.
'そう, I’m having to read all this stuff, and on the one hand I’m thinking, “Oh f*** off, you f***ing idiot,” but on the other hand I’m thinking, “Why would you say that? Are you annoyed at me or are you jealous or what?”‘.
The musician said he still thinks to this day about how John must have felt when he left the band, because at the time of the split he was dealing with the loss of his father and his uncle, his mother, as well as the deaths of the band’s original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and their manager Brian Epstein.
The band playing for television in 1963. McCartney said Ringo Starr, George Harrison and him never thought about going on without Lennon
マッカートニー, 左, said Lennon accusing him of leaving the Beatles to promote his solo album was ‘hurtful’ (pictured in Leceister in 1963)
McCartney added he was on friendly terms with Lennon at the time he died, and that they spoke about baking bread during their last conversation (で描かれています 1967)
McCartney said the other members never thought of keeping the band going without Lennon, although they joked about it.
The meaning behind Yesterday, and how tto was once called ‘Scrambled Eggs’
In The Lyrics: 1956, Sir Paul McCartney revealed a writing trick he used to find the lyrics and the melody of Yesterday, which was released in 1965.
He wrote the song during a break from filming Help! in Portugal
The singer-songwriter said there was truth in the belief that Yesterday was written about his mother, who had died eight years before.
He said he started using the term ‘scrambled eggs to fit the melody of the song before he could find the lyrics.’
When people would ask him what the song was called, he’d also call it ‘Scrambled eggs.’
ありがたいことに, he was able to find the fitting lyrics for the melancholy tune.
The singer-songwriter also said that while he had to sue his life-long friends in 1970 to seek the dissolution of the band, he ended up having a good relationship with Lennon in the end.
He added that working with his former bandmate and Yoko Ono on the Ballad of John and Yoko helped them keep a good rapport and that his last conversation with John was friendly and that they talked about baking bread.
McCartney added that if Lennon had died during a time where they didn’t get on, he would have been plagued by guilt.
Him and Lennon were the original members of the Beatles, after meeting aged 16 リバプールで, where they were both from, に 1956.
バンド, then unknown, had their first ever TV appearance in January 1963 on ITV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars, and they played their song Please, Please Me.
に 1969, following the death of Epstein in 1967, as well as other factors including resentment against McCartney, Lennon’s drug use and managerial disputes, the band split.
On 18th August that year, they recorded together for the last time, working on the fitting song The End, the closing track of Abbey Road.
On 20th September, Lennon told McCartney and Ringo Starr he was leaving the group during a private meeting.
4月中 1970, McCartney issues a statement saying he was no longer working with the Beatles, and a legal battle over financial affair and the official dissolution of the band ensued, but was not complete until 1974.