The Beatles - Paperback Writer / Rain (lyrics & video)

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"Paperback Writer" is a 1966 song recorded and released by The Beatles. Written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon/McCartney, the song was released as the A-side of their eleventh single. The single went to the number one spot in the United States, United Kingdom, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.

According to disc jockey Jimmy Savile, McCartney wrote the song in response to a request from an aunt who asked if he could "write a single that wasn't about love." Savile said, "With that thought obviously still in his mind, he walked around the room and noticed that Ringo was reading a book. He took one look and announced that he would write a song about a book." In a 2007 interview, McCartney recalled that he wrote the song after reading in the Daily Mail about an aspiring author, possibly Martin Amis. The Daily Mail was Lennon's regular newspaper and copies were in Lennon's Weybridge home when Lennon and McCartney were writing songs.

The song's lyrics are in the form of a letter from an aspiring author addressed to a publisher. The author badly needs a job and has written a paperback version of a book by a "man named Lear." This is a reference to the Victorian painter Edward Lear, who wrote nonsense poems and songs of which Lennon was very fond (though Lear never wrote novels).

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The Beatles - Paperback Writer

Paper back writer (paperback writer)
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, paperback writer

It's the dirty story of a dirty man
And his clinging wife doesn't understand
The son is working for the Daily Mail
It's a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer, paperback writer

Paperback writer (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, 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, paperback writer

Paperback writer (paperback writer)

There is no prosthetic for an amputated spirit
Lt Col Frank Slade (Al Pacino, Scent of a woman)


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The inspiration for "Rain" is agreed on by Neil Aspinall, the Beatles' roadie, and John Lennon. They both described the band's arrival in Australia, marked by rain and poor weather.
Lennon said, "I've never seen rain as hard as that, except in Tahiti", and later explained that "Rain" was "about people moaning about the weather all the time".

The last verse of "Rain" includes backwards vocals, which was one of the first uses of this technique on a record. The backwards vocals are Lennon singing the lyrics of the song:
"When the sun shines," "Rain," and "If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads." Both Lennon and producer George Martin have claimed credit for the idea.

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The Beatles - Rain

If the rain comes they run and hide their heads
They might as well be dead
If the rain comes, if the rain comes

When the sun shines they slip into the shade   (When the sun shines down)
And sip their lemonade                                 (When the sun shines down)
When the sun shines, when the sun shines   
Rain, I don't mind
Shine, the world looks fine

I can show you that when it starts to rain       (When the rain comes down)
Everything's the same                                  (When the rain comes down)
I can show you, I can show you
Rain, I don't mind
Shine, the world looks fine

Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines (When it rains and shines)
It's just a state of mind?                                (When it rains and shines)
Can you hear me, can you hear me?

sdaeh rieht edih dna nur yeht semoc niar eht fI niaR    (Rain)
enihsnuS                                                             (Rain)


There is no prosthetic for an amputated spirit
Lt Col Frank Slade (Al Pacino, Scent of a woman)



 

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