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2001-Apr-30: GMA, part 1

The Good Morning America program is featuring a weeklong series of interviews with Sir Paul.  The topic of the first installment was the death of John Lennon:

"Like everyone, I was just totally shocked and horrified that this great person had been snatched from us. And we'd been robbed of this beautiful human being. And, at the end of the day, because it happened, we heard, in the morning in England. At the end of that whole day, after everyone had said all their bits, the phrase "and after all the tears", the phrase that kept coming into my head about the guy who had done it was, 'jerk of all jerks'.

"It's that guy. We all know him. We're all at risk from that kind of a person. But that--like I say, that was particularly, to me, to do it, the guy who killed John.

When asked about the significance of these lines in Here Today:

"What about the night we cried,
Because there wasn't any reason left to keep it all inside.
Never understood a word,
But you were always there with a smile"

Sir Paul replied:

 "That's actually a song that I wrote for John. And, after he died--and it was just me imagining 'if you were here today what would you say, you know, would you--you'd laugh--laugh it off and wouldn't want to get serious about it.

" The night we cried was a real night when we'd been diverted from--we were due to play--the Beatles--on tour, we were due to play Jacksonville down South. And there had been a hurricane warning, so we couldn't go in there. And we were diverted to Key West. We stayed up all night and we got drunk and we talked a lot. And we got way too deep and got into each other's characters. We never had enough time to do that with the Beatles, so this was probably a good thing. And we ended up crying. So in the song, I just--that's something we wouldn't have admitted later. I'm just reminding myself that we got that intimate, that's why we loved each other so much in the Beatles."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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