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28 November 2023
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Have you guys heard the theory that the song is directed at least in part toward Paul?  He does cleverly insert “Here, There, and Everywhere” into one of the verses:

“Why in the world are we here?  Surely not to live in pain and fear.  Why on earth are you there, when you’re everywhere?”

Some say the “darling” in the lyric is a reference to Paul’s song “Oh, Darling”.  And to stretch it a bit further, John also says “fools like me” which could be another reference to a Paul song “Fool on the Hill”.  

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28 November 2023
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Hummmm…something to ponder, @forn.

Who on earth d’you think you are / A super star? Well right, you are (yeah, Paul was a super star) / Well, we all shine on (the Beatles bright light)

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forn said

Some say the “darling” in the lyric is a reference to Paul’s song “Oh, Darling”.  And to stretch it a bit further, John also says “fools like me” which could be another reference to a Paul song “Fool on the Hill”.  

  

Not that I fully agree with your theory (interesting and plausible though it is), but it’s mayve worth further noting that John falsely claimed “I told you about The Fool On The Hill …”, when we all know that was actually Paul. (But John also claimed at separate times that both he and Paul were the Walrus, so John’s an unreliable narrator…)

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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Hummmm…something to ponder, @forn.

Who on earth d’you think you are / A super star? Well right, you are (yeah, Paul was a super star) / Well, we all shine on (the Beatles bright light)

  

That line has often made me think of Paul, but whether that was John’s intention, who can say?

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29 November 2023
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I think this song was intended to be more universal, almost like Piggies , directed at selfish, rich, self absorbed people in high society, government, and the industry he was a part of. Perhaps he considered Paul a part of that, and his personal feelings informed the song in a few ways, but I have doubts that this a directly targeted toward Paul. 

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29 November 2023
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I think you can make most John songs relate to Paul thru linking words to song titles, themes, ideas or pieces of lyrics. People are willing to look far too hard for connections which they then make into  theories which are almost presented as fact. 

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forn said
Have you guys heard the theory that the song is directed at least in part toward Paul?  He does cleverly insert “Here, There, and Everywhere” into one of the verses:

“Why in the world are we here?  Surely not to live in pain and fear.  Why on earth are you there, when you’re everywhere?”

Some say the “darling” in the lyric is a reference to Paul’s song “Oh, Darling”.  And to stretch it a bit further, John also says “fools like me” which could be another reference to a Paul song “Fool on the Hill”.  

  

It could be directed toward John Lennon himself a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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I don’t think it’s a dig at Paul, and the thought has never entered my mind at all until this conversation.

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