Saturday 4 September 2021


Paul McCartney felt one of The Beatles’ early songs was truly original. Despite this, The Beatles worried the song wouldn’t be successful for a very specific reason.
The Fab Four went to Paul’s dad for advice, and he convinced them the song was good.

During an interview with NPR, Paul discussed how his songwriting evolved. “What happens is you listen to the old songs — and you’re brought up with the old songs, and you love them — but then there comes a time when you’re doing your thing and there doesn’t seem to be much sense in repeating what’s gone before,” he said.

“So you then use the structure or the memory, almost, but you put your own spin on it and try to get away from any formula,” Paul added. “And so you experiment with the structure for your own songs. We did that… You’re conscious of the old songs, but you’re also conscious of forging a new way to write.”
Paul pointed to The Beatles’ “From Me to You” as one of the first songs he wrote that felt completely new. “The song itself is in the key of C Major, but then it goes to a G Minor 7th for that middle, and that was kind of one of those ‘Ooh, yeah’ moments,” he said. “A lot of what we wrote, because we didn’t read or write music, was instinctive. So we’d try a chord and say, ‘Ooh, that’s nice.'”

However, not everyone agrees with Paul’s assessment of “From Me to You.” According to the book The Beatles: A Hard Days’ Write — The Stories Behind Every Song, The Isley Brothers‘ version of “Twist and Shout” inspired the “oohs” in “From Me to You.” The Beatles also covered “Twist and Shout.”

Despite this, The Beatles had some reservations about “From Me to You.” The Fab Four were worried the song wouldn’t catch on with fans. They knew “From Me to You” had simple lyrics, but they feared its music was too complicated. The Beatles discussed the matter with Paul’s father, James McCartney. James convinced them the song was nice.
“From Me to You” reached No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, staying on the chart for six weeks. On the other hand, it was much more popular in the United Kingdom.
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