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In 2015, Paul McCartney posted online a brief four-minute documentary about the relationship with his late Beatles band mate John Lennon, apparently to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Lennon’s birth, and the reissue of the 1982 album “Tug Of War”. The clip features segments of a 1982 (?) interview of Paul.
Paul McCartney: We were in recording when John died. Like a lot of the people who had been closely associated with him, we all kept recording. George did. George Harrison, the same day, went into the studio. Yoko pretty soon after went right into the studio… It was just so hard for everyone to bear, that either you were gonna sit at home and just think, think, think, or you were going to try to do something to take your mind off it, and all of us kind of had the same reaction.
Paul McCartney: I thought about me and John, which was that sometimes I would say, ‘Oh yeah, I know John very well,’ and John would turn around and say, ‘No you don’t. You don’t know me,’ you know, like friends can often be…plenty of arguments. And I think we’d been so close and we’d had arguments, and then when The Beatles split up we had bad arguments…that the idea about the song for me is, ‘If I said I really knew you well, you’d probably just laugh and say that we were worlds apart anyway, if you were here today.’