Gerry Canavan

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The First Beatles Single That Was Not a Love Song

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How McCartney wrote ‘Paperback Writer.’

By the time McCartney arrived in Weybridge he had the song’s structure in his head. McCartney: “I 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 John, as I recall, just sat there and said: ‘Oh that’s it’, ‘Uhuh’, ‘Yeah’. I remember him, his amused smile, saying ‘Yes, that’s it, yes.’ You know, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. ‘That’ll do’. Quite a nice moment. ‘Hmm, I’ve done right! I’ve done well!’ And then we went upstairs and put the melody to it.

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April 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm

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