6 November 2010
“In January 1994, Paul McCartney was given two tape cassettes by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono that included home recordings of songs Lennon never completed or released commercially. On one of the tapes, the words “for Paul” had been scrawled hastily in John’s handwriting. The songs on the tape included “Grow Old With Me ” and “Now and Then”.”
Basically, I’ve seen this circulating the internet, seemingly sourced from tumblr, and online searches have been fruitless as I’m just lead back to that.
I was just wondering whether anybody knew if there was any truth to this. Idk whether the timing could mean that it’s linked to what became the Anthology reunion and recordings? Or am I reading too much into this and is it actually too good to be true?
I think it's great you're going through a phase,
and I'm awfully glad it'll all be over in a couple
1 May 2011
Yes its true. The tapes also reportedly contained Free As A Bird and Real Love which Paul, George and Ringo worked on for the Anthology series. The story goes that they also worked a little on Now and Then but it was never finished. I would highly doubt it was John who wrote ‘for Paul’ tho, if that was written on the boxes then probably Yoko or one of her people and the story grew legs.
Regardless of what may be written and read in many places tho the original idea and discussion was between Yoko, Neil Aspinal and George H.
More info is on the Free As A Bird wiki entry and Joe’s FAAB entry. Wiki also has an entry for Now And Then which is where your original quote came from, and The Beatles Bible also has an entry for that song..
"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)
6 November 2010