‘It was just too deep’: Sir Paul McCartney says he ‘couldn’t talk about’ former Beatles bandmate John Lennon after his tragic death
Sir Paul McCartney revealed that he ‘couldn’t talk about’ John Lennon’s death after his murder in 1980.
The legendary musician, 80, said he found it ‘so difficult’ after his former Beatles bandmate was gunned down outside his New York City apartment.
Sir Paul detailed how he returned home from the studio the day of his friends death and turned on the TV to see people reflecting on ‘what John meant’ to them.
‘I couldn’t put it into words’: Sir Paul McCartney revealed that he ‘couldn’t talk about’ John Lennon’s death after his murder in 1980
Sir Paul admitted he was not able to do the same due to the loss being ‘too deep’ and he was not able to ‘put it into words’.
He said: ‘When John died it was so difficult. It had hit me so much that I couldn’t really talk about it.
‘I remember getting home from the studio on the day that we’d heard the news he died. Turning the TV on and seeing people say, “Well, John Lennon was this” and “What he was, was this” and “I remember meeting him”.
‘It had hit me so much’: The legendary musician, 80, said he found it ‘so difficult’ after his former Beatles bandmate was gunned down outside his New York City apartment
‘I was like, “I can’t be one of those people. I can’t go on TV and say what John meant to me.” It was just too deep. I couldn’t put it into words.’
Sir Paul added how he managed to express his grief about losing John in his 1982 song Here Today.
The artist revealed her ‘sat on the wooden floor in the corner with my guitar’ and came up with the opening chords to the track.
Sir Paul also added that the line “the night we cried” referred to when he and his late pal, who was killed over 40 years ago, had a drunk heart-to-heart and ‘told each other a few truths’ and how much they loved each other.
Mark David Chapman killed John Lennon on the night of December 8, 1980, as he and Yoko Ono were returning to their Upper West Side apartment.
He said: ‘When John died it was so difficult. It had hit me so much that I couldn’t really talk about it. It was just too deep. I couldn’t put it into words.’
Opening up: Sir Paul added how he ‘sat on the floor with my guitar’ and expressed his grief about losing John, and came up with the opening chords for his 1982 song Here Today
The killer is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at Green Haven Correctional Facility in New York´s Hudson Valley.
He has repeatedly expressed remorse during his parole hearings over the years and has recently been denied parole for the twelfth time.
In denying him release, the board mentioned Chapman’s action has left ‘the world recovering from the void of which you created.’ His next parole board appearance is scheduled for February 2024.
Sir Paul is currently promoting documentary If These Walls Could Sing – a love letter to Abbey Road studios, where The Beatles recorded all of their albums – directed by his photographer daughter, Mary McCartney.
The Disney + film reveals the ‘untold story of the Abbey Road studio’ which is still considered ‘the heart of the music industry.’
‘In this personal film of memory and discovery, Mary McCartney guides us through nine decades to see and experience the creative magic that makes it the most famous and longest-running studio in the world,’ the synopsis reads.
The documentary features all-star appearances from the likes of Sir Elton John and Oasis legend Noel Gallagher, along with carefully curated archival footage and session tapes.
‘These conversations, paired with vivid archive footage and session tapes, give exclusive access to these famously private studios,’ the synopsis concludes.
If These Walls Could Sing is set for a global December 16 release on the streaming platform, but it has been delayed until January 6 for UK and Ireland viewers.
Sir Paul also added that the line ‘the night we cried’ referred to when he and his late pal had a drunk heart-to-heart and ‘told each other a few truths’ and how much they loved each other (pictured in 2018)