The Beatles -- ‘Paperback Writer’

Paperback Writer (2.19)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal, rhythm guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine;

Paul’s Aunt had been bugging him for months to see if he could “write a song that wasn’t about love.” So he wrote this just to shut her up.

“We always try and do something different,” he said. “And this idea’s a bit different. Years ago my Auntie Lil said to me, ‘Why do you always write songs about love all the time? Can’t you ever write about a horse or the summit conference or something interesting? So, I thought, ‘All right, Auntie Lil. I’ll show you.’ And recently, we’ve not been writing all of our songs about love.”

If you listen carefully then you’ll notice that the backing vocals in the final verse are just John and George singing “Frere Jacques” over and over again (that old playground …

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