The song “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. It was released as a single backed with “Rain” in 1966. It went to #1 in the U.S. U.K., Ireland, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Norway.
A number of inspirations and influences went into the creation of “Paperback Writer.” One story is that McCartney’s aunt asked if he could write a single that wasn’t about love. One day, as he had this on his mind, he saw Ringo reading a book, and voilà. Lennon wanted to improve the sound of the bass on their tracks, as he felt that the bass on a Wilson Pickett record was more, well, prominent than on their records. So Paul switched to a Rickenbacker bass, which they boosted by using a loudspeaker as a microphone. The harmonies, evidently, were ideas that came from hearing those by The Beach Boys. The Beatles were impressed by “Sloop John B.” Producer George Martin wanted counterpoint from backing voices. Indeed, that’s there. In a surrealistic mode, Lennon and George Harrison sing the words “Frère Jacques” for a bit behind the third verse.
That’s enough said. Here are Paul, John, George, and Ringo.
Here are the lyrics to “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles:
“Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It’s based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer
It’s the dirty story of a dirty man
And his clinging wife doesn’t understand
His son is working for the Daily Mail
It’s a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer
It’s a thousand pages, give or take a few
I’ll be writing more in a week or two
I can make it longer if you like the style
I can change it round and I want to be a paperback writer
If you really like it you can have the rights
It could make a million for you overnight
If you must return it, you can send it here
But I need a break and I want to be a paperback writer
The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles.