Lennon and McCartney finish writing She Loves You

The day after they began writing She Loves You in a Newcastle hotel room, John Lennon and Paul McCartney finished the song in the dining room of McCartney's family home at 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool.

We sat in there one evening, just beavering away while my dad was watching TV and smoking his Players cigarettes, and we wrote She Loves You. We actually just finished it there because we'd started it in the hotel room. We went into the living room - 'Dad, listen to this. What do you think?' So we played it to my dad and he said, 'That's very nice, son, but there's enough of these Americanisms around. Couldn't you sing, "She loves you. Yes! Yes! Yes!"' At which point we collapsed in a heap and said, 'No, Dad, you don't quite get it!' That's my classic story about my dad. For a working-class guy that was rather a middle-class thing to say, really. But he was like that.
Paul McCartney
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One response on “Lennon and McCartney finish writing She Loves You

  1. Paul D

    Just my theory but could some of the lyrics of She Loves You have been subconsciously inspired by the Bob Wooler incident?

    The reason I say so is that it was six days previously i.e before writing commenced, that Lennon was ordered by Epstein to send a telegram apology to Wooler. Check out the lyrics:

    “You know it’s up to you
    I think it’s only fair
    Pride can hurt you too
    Apologize to her”


    She said you hurt her so
    She almost lost her mind (Lennon actually said he was out of his mind)
    And now she says she knows
    You’re not the hurting kind

    The whole theme of the song is of reconciliation. I think the fact that the events were so close and that it really shook Lennon up (he said he thought he was close to killing Wooler) it can’t be coincidence. Or perhaps McCartney wrote those words in the third person with the events in mind.

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