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I was really frightened of that kind of stuff. It's what you're taught when you're young: Watch out for those devil drugs. When acid came around, we'd heard you're never the same. It alters your life and you're never the same again. I think John was rather excited by that prospect, [but] I was rather frightened by that prospect. Like, Just what I need, some funny little thing where I can never get back home again.' Might not be the greatest move. So I was seen to stall a little bit within the group.feedback
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May 19 2017
Paul McCartney has been quoted 55 times in 20 different articles. On this page, you will find all of Paul McCartney’s quotes organized by date and topic. Alongside each quote is a link back to the article where the quote was reported, so you can go back to the source for more context if you need it. Topics that Paul McCartney speaks about are Jacksonville, Julian, and brother, for example. Most recently, Paul McCartney was quoted in the article Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' at 50: John Lennon's Accidental 'Getting Better' Acid Trip saying, “I thought, maybe this is the moment where I should take a trip with him.”.
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We originally wanted to have an envelope stuck inside with gifts in, but it became too hard to produce. It was hard enough, anyway, and the record company were having to bite the bullet as it was costing a little bit more than their usual two pence cardboard cover.feedback

It's all so bloody stupid. I picked up the O.P.D. badge in Canada. It was a police badge.feedback

Elvis was too important and too far above the rest even to mention.feedback

I did a lot of drawings of us being presented to the Lord Mayor, with lots of dignitaries and lots of friends of ours around, and it was to be us in front of a big northern floral clock, and we were to look like a brass band. That developed to become the Peter Blake cover.feedback

We wanted the whole of Pepper to be so that you could look at the front cover for years.feedback

For us, the best bit from the writing sessions was literally after we'd finished. We'd get our words written down and then we'd just take our guitars downstairs to the studio and record 'em.feedback

Elvis or younger guys will remember the Beatles' stuff and if they love it. It's great to see someone love it rather than slag it off.feedback

We used the same process that John and I used to do. Elvis is great, but he's not John. Having said that, he was really good to work with. We sat down opposite each other, which is how I used to sit with John. We sat down, two acoustic guitars, and he's right-handed and I'm left-handed so it would look like a mirror image. There were a lot of reminders of working with John.feedback

We started writing songs from the ground up that neither of us had any pre-conceptions about. There was a nice kind of equal collaboration on it. We'd just sort of throw words about and stuff and where I thought he was getting maybe a bit too cryptic, I'd just say 'I don't like that, we should go a bit further here, or we should maybe take it there,' and it was nice. If he spotted an idea he liked then we'd go that way, or similarly with me.feedback

Because they're demos, you never really do much with them. You just carry on as normal, making the album and doing the songs a bit differently. But having put the demos to one side for a while, I suddenly thought, I wonder how those sound?' So I dug them up and was really pleased with them.feedback

The resemblance to John once or twice got a bit embarrassing. There are a couple tracks on the album where I'd sing a sweet line and find Elvis doing the sarcastic line, very much line John and I used to do.feedback

We kept the piano and vocal and added some Hovis brass to give it a New Orleans marching band feel. I said to Elvis, Oh yeah, I get it, New Orleans funeral music. House is finished, right?' It's turned out a nice track set against every-thing else on the album.feedback

In a small way it reminded me of working with John, which was obviously a good thing. It's something I can't have, and it's something that was the formative aspect of my songwriting history. And that's impossible to replicate, I can't go back to the 16-year-old me and do it all again… But with Elvis it was a new thing. Having said that, there were similarities–he's got a bit of Lennon in him.feedback

That was from the Elvis batch. He's a great guy to work with, very focused. When you're working with someone–instead of just sitting around and thinking, Oh, what are we going to do?'–it's nice when someone comes up with something and you get a kickstart. Elvis was good at that. He would come up and we'd talk stories about his Auntie Irene and various relatives of his and mine growing up in Liverpool. This song came out of that. It's got sort of a sea-shanty feel. We didn't take long to write them, they just kind of fell out.feedback

He was a big Beatles fan and said, Hey, do you still use your Hofner? I had semi-retired it. But he said I should get it out, and I rediscovered it.feedback

There's a little hand-slappy thing. That's something we first heard on Buddy Holly's record, a great old favorite of ours when we were growing up. He does a record called 'Everyday.' It's a cute little song, a great little song, and there's this tapping on it [demonstrates]. The story was that it was him tapping on his jeans. And if you ever do that and want to get that effect, don't wear sweatpants or regular trousers. Jeans are what you need, they've got the right tone. That's just a hint for you and your readers, should you ever be called on to a thigh-slapping session.feedback

It's gonna make the messages that I have for the world more effective.feedback

I'm still trying to figure out how to hold a woman right now because my standards for myself and other people are high. My father did something to my brain where I'm always searching for extreme excellence.feedback

It's an option. Do I have the option? Sure. But do I think entertainment is more powerful than the presidency? Sometimes, yeah, it is.feedback

I was a good kid. I became a great man. ... Good is for suckers. I'm a great person. Meaning, in my intention, my passion and anything I do, whether clean or dirty, is great.feedback

My mom puts me on her back, and we run through the jungle. Somebody eventually takes me off her back, and then I blacked out. I remember them coming after us, shooting as we're running into the jungle. And the hiss of snakes, sssssssss – and blackout.feedback

I just remember the warmth of a bullet in your body, and the blood just warming me.feedback

You're an inventor.' That was the way he rationalized it. He said, Late at night, do you get struck with ideas?' I said, Yeah, yeah.feedback

Looking back, you could say that. If we'd just done a few more of these demos, we could have made a crazy album. But we didn't. That was as far as we got.feedback

There were many echoes, working with Elvis and working with John (Lennon), because I know Elvis is a big Beatles fan. He was a John fan, he wears glasses, he plays guitar right-handed.feedback

Because John and I had such a successful collaboration and all the work we did was when we were young, often your first output like that can be your best. I wouldn't say it worries me, or I wouldn't continue to write. But I do get the feeling that it would have been very hard to come up to the standards of the ones I wrote with John, like 'It's Getting Better' or 'She's Leaving Home.feedback

I didn't realize until looking back later that these demos had a special groove and a freshness and, I think on a few of the recorded versions, we lost some of that freshness. It gives an idea of the spontaneity of the writing. There's a time that you regret that we didn't just say, This is it, this is good enough.' Often when you don't think you're making the final record, you're a bit looser ... I think some of those performances are better than the ones on the record.feedback

From the first minute we heard the great guitar intro to 'Sweet Little Sixteen,' we became fans of the great Chuck Berry. His stories were more like poems than lyrics – the likes of 'Johnny B. Goode' or 'Maybellene.feedback

We would write in the same method that me and John used to write, . I figured, in a way, he was being John. And for me, that was good and bad. He was a great person to write with, a great foil to bounce off, but here's me, trying to avoid doing something too Beatle-y!feedback

I mean, there's some nice little things like we refused to play this show in Jacksonville because we found out the audience was segregated and I think that was a big surprise for us to remember that.feedback

We weren't like brothers, we were brothers and we looked out for each other and that was great. And, you know, I can't say it enough, I was an only child and I ended up with three brothers. My dream as a kid was to have an older brother. I never achieved that.feedback

I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world. ... His star will shine in the sky forever.feedback

She was a lovely lady who I've known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all, but I will always have great memories of our times together.feedback

I very much hope the Russian authorities will not feel they have to punish you for your protest.feedback

I couldn't have done it without a certain three boys. So I want to say thanks to those guys, John, George and Ringo.feedback

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