This year marked the 42nd anniversary of the death of John Lennon. The Beatles star was shot outside his home, The Dakota apartment building, in New York City on December 8, 1980. His death had an impact on people around the world, but his closest friends and bandmates were among the hardest hit. Now Paul McCartney has ruled on the knowledge of the murder of the star.
McCartney was recently interviewed on The Beatles Channel on Sirius XM. During the talk, he talked about the trauma he endured during that fateful day.
He said: “When John died, it was very difficult. It hit me so hard that I couldn’t really talk about it. I remember coming home from the studio the day we heard the news of his death.” “
When he turned on the TV, he saw people from all walks of life talking about what Lennon and his music meant to them. But in a way, he was after him. McCartney said, “Seeing people say, ‘Well, John Lennon was this,’ and, ‘Whatever he was, was this,’ and, ‘I remember meeting him.'”
As a result of watching these people talk about Lennon, even though they didn’t know him as intimately as he did, McCartney felt like he couldn’t really talk about his friend. “I was like, ‘I don’t know, I can’t be one of those people,'” he said. “I can’t just go on TV and say what John meant to me. It was too profound. It’s too much. I couldn’t put it into words.”
McCartney received a lot of backlash around the time he first learned of Lennon’s death. Some television reporters caught him outside his house and questioned him on the spot about how he felt.
“Umm, very surprised, you know,” he said. “This is terrible news.”
After being consulted about what happened, he followed up: “[It’s a] drag, right?” Later, he clarified that he was simply too hurt by the heinous murder to put his emotions into words.
He later revealed what happened when he went home with his wife, Linda McCartney. He said: “We just went home. We just watched all the news on TV, and we sat there with all the kids, crying all night. We really couldn’t handle it.”
In the Sirius XM interview, McCartney also talked about writing one last song for Lennon.
He wrote the song Here Today about the star’s death. She put it on her 1982 album, Tug of War. He said of the songwriting process: “I was in a building that would become my recording studio, and there were just a couple of little empty rooms upstairs. So I found a room and sat on the hardwood floor in a corner with my guitar and started playing the first few chords of Here Today”.
The song includes poignant lyrics referencing a night spent with Lennon that had never been discussed before.
The lyrics sing: “What about the night we cried / ‘Cause there was no reason to keep it all inside? / I never understood a word / But you were always there with a smile.”
McCartney said these words were referring to a drunken night he spent with Lennon after a canceled concert in Florida.
He explained: “We told each other some truth, you know, ‘Well, I love you. I love you, man. I love that you said that. I love you.’ And we opened up. So, that was something special for me. I think it was really one of the only times it happened.”
He added: “It was hard for everyone in the world because he was such a beloved character and such a crazy guy, you know, he was so special.”
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