17 December 2012
Supposedly it is in reaction to some songs on Ram , but I think John might be a little paranoid about that. The “You took your lucky break and broke it in two” line that is so often cited is, IMO, about Linda’s ex-husband, as is the rest of the song. I think this is what Paul has said, and if you listen to it (and several other songs on Ram ), it makes sense that way. Paul seems to be challenging him and rubbing it in his face a bit, “I have her now, I’m the better man”. John always thinks everything’s about him though, so…
But then you have Paul telling Rolling Stone in 1984:
I was looking at my second solo album, Ram , the other day and I remember there was one tiny little reference to John in the whole thing. He’d been doing a lot of preaching, and it got up my nose a little bit. In one song, I wrote, “Too many people preaching practices”, I think is the line. I mean, that was a little dig at John and Yoko. There wasn’t anything else on it that was about them. Oh, there was “You took your lucky break and broke it in two”.
While he has said it was about Linda’s ex, he’s also said it was about John. So, depends on which version of Paul’s account you want to believe because he’s told it both ways.
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