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Both John Lennon and I wrote '... Mr Kite': Paul McCartney

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

The Beatles star Paul McCartney said, unlike popular belief, he co-wrote the lyrics of the song "Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!" along with former band mate John Lennon.

The 75-year-old legendary musician said that the two of them put their heads together and came up with the words off a poster in Lennon's room, reported Rolling Stone.


"Well, the great thing is, everyone says, 'John Lennon wrote the lyrics.' ... John and I wrote the lyrics. I went 'round to John's house - and I don't feel like I'm getting paranoid defending my corner, but the actual fact is we sat in his room and said, 'OK, what are we gonna write?'

"He said, 'You seen this poster?' So we pulled most of the words directly off the poster, and then we filled in. But we did it together," McCartney said.

He added he is glad that he penned the song with the "Imagine" singer.

"That's actually why I do it live. Because, even though John was lead vocalist on it, I like the song and I feel that, having written it with him, and being in the room where it happened, it's a good one to do.

"But yeah we did, we took it right down off this old circus poster we had. So it had Pablo Fanque's Fair and Henry the Horse and the Hendersons, Mr Kite, a 'hogshead of real fire'. All those phrases were directly lifted off the poster," McCartney said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 12:42 IST
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