THE BEATLES – ‘Paperback Writer’ 50 Years Ago Today…

The FAB FOUR scored their tenth Number One single in the UK fifty years ago today (June 23). Brill guitars, brill bass, brill harmonies. Pop electricity at his best. The late, fifth Beatle, George Martin said back then: “The way the song itself is shaped and the slow, contrapuntal statements from the backing voices. No one had really done that before.” Also fun to know: in their backing vocals over the third verse, Lennon and Harrison sing the title of the French nursery rhyme ‘Frère Jacques’

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
His son is working for the Daily Mail
It’s a steady job but he wants to be a 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, paperback writer
Paperback writer, paperback writer
Paperback writer, paperback writer
Paperback writer, paperback writer (fade out)

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