Paperback Writer(John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
Vocals, bass guitar
John Lennon: Electric guitar, vocals
George Harrison: Electric guitars, vocals
Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine
April 13, 14 1966.
Past Masters Volume Two
The Beatles 1962-1966 (Red Album)
The Beatles 1
A Collection of Beatles Oldies
Writer was an unusual song in many ways, both musically,
lyrically and in terms of production. It was in fact a piece
of musical recording history in the UK, due to the prominent
record buyers and industry professionals had become aware
of the fact that records made in the US sounded much better
than those recorded in the UK. John Lennon allegidely demanded
to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Picket record far
exceeded the bass on any Beatles records.
true that the bass on Beatles records pre-1966 had been
very low. However, this changed for good with the Paperback
Writer' was the first time the bass sound had been heard
in all its excitement," said Beatles' engineer Geoff
Emerick in Mark Lewisohn's book The
Complete Beatles Recording Sessions.
a start, Paul played a different bass, a Rickenbacker. Then
we boosted it further by using a loudspeaker as a microphone.
We positioned it directly in front of the bass speaker and
the moving diaphragm of the second speaker made the electric
knew that the high bass content was likely to make the stylus
jump, but the backroom boys at the Abbey Road Studios invented
an ATOC machine - Automatic Transient Overload Control -
to cut the master lacqer, which got rid of that problem.
was a Beatles single with exeptionally loud bass sound,
boosting the overall experience for the listener.
Writer marked a new era lyrically too. This was the first
Beatles single (but not the first Beatles song) that had
nothing to do with girls and love. It was apprently one
of Paul's aunts who suggested that he should write a single
that was not about love.
Paul choose the topic of a paperback writer who wants to
get his work published.
apparently got the idea to the song while he was on his
way to John Lennon's house in Weybridge. When he got there
he said to John that he wanted to sing the song like a letter
- line by line.
theory is that the song was based on a letter that McCartney
received from an aspiring novelist. Some have also suggested
that the lyrics are about Lennon who had published two books
"Based on a novel by a man named Lear" is probably
a reference to Edward Lear, a Victorian painter who wrote
nonsense poems and songs that John loved.
studio, McCartney got the idea that John and George should
sing the French nursery rhyme 'Frere Jacques' (Father Jacob),
and this can be heard several places in the background.
Writer was recorded a week into the Revolver
sessions, but was not included on that album.
the Papeback Writer/Rain single did not sell as many copies
as previous Beatles singles (except Love
Me Do), it still made it to number one in the US (May
30 1966) and in the UK (June 10 1966). It topped the charts
for two weeks in both countries.
Writer(John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
writer, paperback writer
Dear Sir or Madam will you read my book
It took me years to write will you take a look
Based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job
So I want to be a paperback writer
Its a dirty story of a dirty man,
And his clinging wife doesnt understand
His son is working for the Daily Mail
Its a steady job
But he wants to be a paperback writer
Its a thousand pages give or take a few
Ill 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