Paul McCartney said he recently rediscovered a radio play he wrote with John Lennon many years ago.
In an upcoming BBC interview to air on October 23 on Radio 4, McCartney also discussed his upcoming lyric book and once again explained that Lennon left The Beatles ahead of his own announcement of the band’s demise. .
“For years I told people that me and John wrote a play,” he said (via the Guardian). “It’s a pretty funny thing called Pilchard, and this is the messiah, in fact. He added that the story was four pages long and was inspired by the popular dramatic format of a kitchen sink, with a mother and daughter discussing the mysterious tenant who shares their home.
McCartney said it was “amazing” to find his lyrics for “Tell Me Who He Is”, a track that has never been recorded, which will appear in The lyrics: from 1956 to the present day, released on November 2. “It’s my handwriting, but I don’t know how it goes,” he reported. “It would have been a love ballad, a rock thing. I probably would have had an air on it. But you couldn’t let go of it. You didn’t have any recording devices, so you had to remember that.
Elsewhere in the interview, he said Lennon was the first to leave The Beatles, but manager Allen Klein persuaded them to keep it a secret while he worked on trade deals. “So for a few months we had to pretend,” he said. “It was weird because we all knew it was the end… but we couldn’t just walk away.” Finally, he added, he “let the cat out of the bag” because he “was sick of hiding it”.
McCartney said he took legal action against his group mates in December 1970 because it was the only way to protect their legacy. “I had to fight and the only way I could fight was to go after the other Beatles, because they were going with Klein,” he recalls. “And they thanked me for it years later. But I did not cause the split. It was our Johnny who came over one day and said “I’m leaving the band”.
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