George Harrison Didn’t Know Where Paul McCartney Got His Melodies


George Harrison and Paul McCartney performing during a TV special in 1964.
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George Harrison didn’t know where Paul McCartney got his melodies

In a 1969 radio interview, George spoke with David Wigg about The Beatles’ newest album, Abbey Road. He talked about his favorite songs on the new album, including “Because” and two of Paul’s songs, “You Never Give Me Your Money” and “Golden Slumbers.”

Despite what was going on in The Beatles at the time and

George Harrison and Paul McCartney were bandmates for over 10 years, but George never understood where Paul got his melodies. He couldn’t replicate them.

Paul McCartney and George Harrison | Jim Gray/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

George Harrison didn’t know where Paul McCartney got his melodies

In a 1969 radio interview, George spoke with David Wigg about The Beatles’ newest album, Abbey Road. He talked about his favorite songs on the new album, including “Because” and two of Paul’s songs, “You Never Give Me Your Money” and “Golden Slumbers.”

Despite what was going on in The Beatles at the time and George and Paul’s tense relationship, George still had compliments about his soon-to-be ex-bandmate.

“You know, Paul always writes nice melodies,” George said. “In fact, I don’t know where he finds them half the time. He’s amazing for doing that.”

In 1979, George also told Rolling Stone that he liked Paul’s melodies. “I’ve always preferred Paul’s good melodies to his screaming rock ‘n’ roll tunes.”

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George told Paul he couldn’t write songs like him

Besides Paul’s Abbey Road tunes, George liked his bandmate’s White Album song “Martha My Dear.” He once told Paul that he couldn’t write similar songs.

Paul told Barry Miles in Many Years From Now that it was an exercise. “When I taught myself piano I liked to see how far I could go, and this started life almost as a piece you’d learn as a piano lesson,” Paul explained. “It’s quite hard for me to play, it’s a two-handed thing, like a little set piece.

“In fact I remember one or two people being surprised that I’d played it because it’s slightly above my level of competence really, but I wrote it as that, something a bit more complex for me to play. Then while I was blocking out words you just mouth out sounds and some things come I found the words ‘Martha my dear.’

“So I made up another fantasy song. I remember George Harrison once said to me, ‘I could never write songs like that. You just make ’em up, they don’t mean anything to you.’ I think on a deep level they do mean something to me but on a surface level they are often fantasy like Desmond and Molly or Martha my dear.”

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Some of Paul’s songs didn’t impress his ex-bandmate

George might’ve liked Paul’s melodies, but his ex-bandmate penned some songs he didn’t enjoy.

In 1979, George told Rolling Stone that he thought Paul’s current music was “inoffensive.” He continued, “The tune I thought was sensational on the London Town album was ‘I’m Carrying,’ but all the noisy, beaty things I’m not into at all.

“But then that’s not only with Paul’s music, that goes right across the board. I’m not a fan of that sort of punky, heavy, tinny stuff. I like a nice melody.”

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

      

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