Published on 1967
Track 9 on “Magical Mystery Tour”
What the Beatles said about “Penny Lane”
PAUL 1966: "I like some of the things the Animals try to do, like the song Eric Burdon wrote about places in Newcastle on the flip of one of their hits. I still want to write a song about the places in Liverpool where I was brought up. Places like The Docker’s Umbrella which is a long tunnel through which the dockers go to work on Merseyside, and Penny Lane near my old home."
JOHN 1968: "We really got into the groove of imagining Penny Lane– the bank was there, and that was where the tram sheds were and people waiting and the inspector stood there, the fire engines were down there. It was just reliving childhood."
JOHN 1980: "Penny Lane is not only a street but it’s a district… a suburban district where, until age four, I lived with my mother and father. So I was the only Beatle that lived in Penny Lane."
PAUL circa-1994: "John and I would always meet at Penny Lane. That was where someone would stand and sell you poppies each year on British Legion poppy day… When I came to write it, John came over and helped me with the third verse, as often was the case. We were writing childhood memories– recently faded memories from eight or ten years before, so it was recent nostalgia, pleasant memories for both of us. All the places were still there, and because we remembered it so clearly we could have gone on."