Paul McCartney Says Losing John Lennon And George Harrison Gave Him A New Perspective
By releasing the book ‘The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present,’ Paul McCartney gave the Beatles fans a lot of inside information about the band and poured his feelings. In a recent interview, McCartney admitted a very emotional truth by stating that John Lennon and George Harrison’s death made him appreciate their life as a band more like a fan.
The Beatles were and still are often considered the biggest rock band in history, and their disbandment was probably the most sensational one in the music industry. Filled with lawsuits, resentments, ego fights, and copyright arguments, the band broke up in 1970. Their legal disputes were finalized four years after their disbandment, and the members focused on their solo careers.
John Lennon was murdered in 1980, ten years after the band’s breakup, and George Harrison passed away in 2001, 21 years after Lennon and the fall of The Beatles one by one, filled fans with sorrow. It was also challenging for McCartney as their legal disputes or fights didn’t permanently affect their personal relationships.
Paul recently released the book ‘The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present,’ where he explains the stories behind the band’s iconic songs. He confessed that he couldn’t have written this book earlier as his anger would bias him. Macca stated that he would have written under the influence of his hurt feelings towards the members, but now that he is looking at the events objectively, he has this whole new perspective.
His new perspective resembled a fan’s while writing this book because he realized and focused on all the amazing things they did as a band. While admitting that the loss of his bandmates caused the shift in his perspective, the iconic singer stated that Lennon and Harrison were his ‘fallen heroes.’
Here is how McCartney described his new perspective:
“There were periods at the breakup of the Beatles where we weren’t so friendly, so I couldn’t do anything like this book then because the sort of hurt feelings and stuff like that would have crept in. Now, so much time has elapsed now that John isn’t here and George isn’t here. You get a whole new perspective. So if I’m ever talking to someone, it’s with great affection because they’re my fallen heroes.
So I’m more like a fan these days when I’m talking about the Beatles stuff. Then, I was making it alongside the guys, you were just so busy working and doing your thing. Now I can look back on it all and just think, ‘Wow, that was amazing.'”
He continued to give an example from their songwriting experiences. Before, he would probably be bothered if Lennon disagreed with him over the lyrics. However, now he realizes that this was what made their relationship as bandmates so special. McCartney resembled the process to a ‘ping-pong’ game where ideas are passed onto each other to create their iconic songs.
McCartney’s words are as follows:
“If I write a song called, ‘It’s Getting Better All The Time Getting Better,’ then John would likely chirp in with, ‘It couldn’t get much worse.’ Now I realize, ‘Wow, that’s very valuable in the creative process to have someone who doesn’t just go, ‘That’s nice.’ So we had that ping-ponging technique. I’d write a line, he’d write a second line, or he’d write a line. It was really good, we were very helpful to one another. And now I can look back on it in a loving way and think, that was very special.“
You can watch the full interview below.