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“Paperback Writer”

Published on 1965 – 1970
Author: Lennon/McCartney
Track 3 on “Past Masters Volume 2”

What the Beatles said about “Paperback Writer”

JOHN 1972: "Paul. I think I might have helped with some of the lyrics, Yes, I did. But it was mainly Paul’s tune."

JOHN 1980: "’Paperback Writer’ is son of ‘Day Tripper’ …meaning a rock ‘n roll song with a guitar lick on a fuzzy loud guitar."

PAUL circa-1994: "I arrived at Weybridge and told John I had this idea of trying to write off to a publishers to become a paperback writer, and I said, ‘I think it should be written like a letter.’ I took a bit of paper out and I said it should be something like, ‘Dear Sir or Madam, as the case may be…’ and I proceeded to write it just like a letter in front of him, occasionally rhyming it… And then we went upstairs and put the melody to it. John and I sat down and finished it all up, but it was tilted towards me– the original idea was mine. I had no music, but it’s just a little bluesy song, not alot of melody. Then I had the idea to do the harmonies, and we arranged that in the studio."

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