Published On: Wed, Jun 17th, 2020

Paul McCartney John Lennon FEUD: Did Lennon really hate THIS song? Macca opens up | Music | Entertainment


John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney wrote some incredible songs in their careers. Together, they made up the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership, which was envied by singers everywhere. However, on one song they really could not agree, though Sir Paul’s memory on the matter is far more favourable.

One song has caused some concern among fans, with many believing the songwriters fell out over it.

That song is Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, a song written by Sir Paul for their 1968 album The Beatles, known as the White Album.

In a recent interview with Howard Stern, the radio DJ in the USA, Sir Paul was asked whether Lennon liked that song, as it has widely been reported about how the pair fell out over it.

Sir Paul said: “No, John did like that song. I think so, yeah!

“I wrote the song and one thing I always love about the intro there is the piano intro…”

“What happened was, me, George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr] were slaving over this and John wasn’t there. He was late, again!

“We’re not getting anywhere with it. We were thinking, oh god, it’s not happening.”

After Lennon arrived at the studio, as Sir Paul explained, he was able to help fix the introduction to make it what it was meant to be.

He continued: “And we all fall in behind him and go, ‘Yes!’ That’s what it needed.’”

The song was written during a trip to India, as was much of the album.

He said: “We went on vacation — we were in Rishikesh studying meditation with Maharishi.

“We used to go to the clubs late at night, drink, dance, maybe eat a little food and there was a friend of mine, he was an African guy, he was called Jimmy Scott.

“He used to say, ‘Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bruh.’”

The Nigerian musician later campaigned to receive a composing credit, which was successful.

However, Lennon and Sir Paul felt the pressure of writing during their time in the Beatles, as Lennon revealed in an interview before his death.

According to Lennon in a Playboy interview in 1980, he felt “pressure” to write songs while he was in the Beatles, despite trying to start up a domestic life with his then-wife, Cynthia, and son Julian, about whom Hey Jude is written.

He said: “You can never be 24 again. You can never be that hungry twice.

“There was a problem with that period. [his early life in the Beatles] I was living a more suburban life at the time, with a wife and kid, while [Sir Paul] was still tripping around town.

“He [Sir Paul] would work something out for a song or an album and then suddenly call me and say, ‘It’s time to do into the studio, Write some songs.’

“He’d have his prepared while I would be starting from scratch.”

While this may have caused a tense working atmosphere, according to Lennon, it spurred him on to write some big hits, including writing two mega-hits in just a week-and-a-half.

He added: “I managed to come up with Lucy in the Sky and A Day in the Life under the pressure only 10 days.”



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