Paul McCartney says he & John Lennon wrote some really bad songs too
There are rarely any songwriting partnerships as iconic as Lennon-McCartney during the time of the Beatles. We, of course, know of all the great songs that the duo wrote. These include songs like A Day in the Life, All You Need is Love, Help, And I Love Her, and many more. But, they did have some off days as well. Paul McCartney himself recently revealed that he and John wrote some bad songs too.
Paul McCartney was recently interviewed for a new BBC radio documentary on what would have been John Lennon‘s 80th birthday. The documentary, named John Lennon at 80, will air from 9 to 10 pm on the 3rd and 4th of October. Moreover, John Lennon’s son Sean Ono Lennon will be presenting the documentary. In the documentary, they asked Paul if he and John wrote:
…any throwaway songs that were sort of bad? Or was this kind of like, you just struck gold from the beginning?
Paul McCartney made a revelation that they did make some bad songs, saying:
There were a few songs that weren’t very good, there were a few that were clearly [by] young songwriters who don’t quite know how to do it. There was one called ‘Just Fun’.
That is completely understandable. As young musicians, you’re allowed to make a few mistakes and write some bad songs. That’s how greatness is born, through trial and error. But, their influence was so strong on each other that even after the Beatles broke up, John Lennon’s influence on Paul McCartney’s music did not fade away.
Paul McCartney was influenced by John Lennon even after the Beatles broke up
Paul McCartney further said:
Ever since The Beatles broke up and we didn’t write together or even record together, I think each one of us referenced the others. When we’re writing stuff, I often do it, you know.
He would completely change his song if he believed that John wouldn’t like his song. What’s even more interesting is that Paul had the same influence on Paul too, as Paul McCartney further said:
I’m writing something and I go, ‘Oh, god, this is bloody awful.’ And I think what would John say? And you go, ‘Yeah, you’re right. It’s bloody awful. You’ve got to change it.’ And so I’ll change it, and I know from reports that he did similar things to that. If I’d have a record out, he’d go, ‘Bloody hell… got to go in the studio. Got to try and do better than Paul.’
This goes to shows the strength of their influence on each other. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney were best friends and shared a lot of trauma because of losing their mothers at a young age. And then, they spent the formative years of their lives as a part of the most popular and influential band in music history. This relationship is what made these two true greats.