The Beatles Lyrics Paul McCartney Couldn’t Sing After John Lennon’s Death

There was something unique between two Beatles icons, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. The impeccable duo shaped and dominated the music industry with their celebrated songwriting partnership. From ‘A Day in the Life’ to ‘Let It Be,’ these two brilliant artists knew how to capture their fans’ attention for years.

They weren’t only two bandmates whose music was praised by millions of people; McCartney and Lennon were also close friends despite the tension when the band broke up. The most unfortunate aspect of their relationship was revealed by McCartney himself after Lennon passed away, and we’re here to take a closer look.

Paul McCartney And John Lennon Were Partners

The songwriting partnership between John Lennon and Paul McCartney is the best known and most successful musical collaboration and has sold over 600 million records worldwide. Not only did their undeniable chemistry bring them commercial success, but they also inspired changes within the music industry in terms of bands that wrote and performed their own music.

‘Lennon-McCartney’ published approximately 180 jointly credited songs between October 5, 1962, and May 8, 1970, the vast majority of which were recorded by the Beatles. Both Lennon and McCartney wrote lyrics and music and were credited equally for the songs that either one of them had created.

McCartney Couldn’t Sing A Line From ‘Hey Jude’ After Lennon’s Death

Since John Lennon and Paul McCartney would collaborate extensively while writing songs, working ‘eyeball to eyeball’ as Lennon himself phrased it once, the duo had multiple memories together until the tragic murder of the Beatles frontman on December 8, 1980.

After the death of Lennon, his former bandmates were deeply shaken by the unbelievable event as the musician was brutally murdered. Naturally, it was also devastating for Paul McCartney to lose Lennon. In fact, there’s one time when he opened up about performing ‘Hey Jude‘ for the first time after John Lennon’s death.

According to McCartney, there’s one line in the song, ‘The movement you need is on your shoulder,’ which was incredibly emotional for him to perform. Apparently, McCartney initially wanted to change that line, but Lennon persuaded him to keep it, saying that it’s the best line in the song.

Since Paul McCartney had great respect for his partner, he decided to keep that line in the song. As a matter of fact, he stated that they could easily persuade each other in terms of their own songs as they cared deeply about each other’s ideas, which may be one of the biggest reasons why their collaboration worked so perfectly.

About ‘Hey Jude,’ McCartney said:

“There was this one moment in ‘Hey Jude‘ because I hadn’t done it for so long. There’s one line that always reminded me of John. That used to get me kind of emotional, it would creep up on me and sort of catch me on a worse. There was a line, ‘The movement you need is on your shoulder’ which when I was playing John the song, I basically wrote that one. On the tour, I kind of do my Beatles songs.

So I was playing John this song, I said,’ The movement you need is on your shoulder.’ I said I’ll be changing that, it sounds like a parrot. He said, ‘You won’t. It’s a bloody great line.‘ I said, ‘No, it’s stupid. ‘The movement you need is on your shoulder.’ What does that mean?’ He said, ‘I know what it means, that’s probably the best line in it.’

So I said okay. When you got a collaborator like John, you leave it in because if he says it’s great, it’s great. If I insist on a line in one of his songs, I could persuade him. We can persuade each other, we respect each other’s opinions. So when I got to that line occasionally, it’s a bit emotional to sort of sing that.”

You can watch the interview and listen to ‘Hey Jude’ below.