Paul McCartney Felt Writing The Beatles’ ‘Please Please Me’ Was the Same as Writing ‘The Long and Winding Road’

Paul McCartney felt some of The Beatles’ songs were deeper than others. Despite this, he felt writing The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” was essentially the same as writing “The Long and Winding Road.” Notably, the American public had significantly different reactions to the two songs.

The Beatles’ Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon | Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Paul McCartney felt he was writing mature songs in his 20s

During a 2020 interview with The New York Times Magazine, Paul was asked if his more recent songs represented his artistic growth. He said he liked the idea that he would mature as he aged. Despite this, he felt songs he wrote in his 20s like “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby” had a certain “wisdom” to them.

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