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1 July 2018
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SgtPeppersBulldog said
I know John said in a later interview that Paul wrote Hello Goodbye as a nonsensical song, but I have come up with a way both the song and video (the one on the VEVO channel posted by Joe above) could be interpreted:

Both could be seen as a message for the teenyboppers who ditched The Beatles after they revealed their new image and sound at the beginning of 1967 with the SFF/Penny Lane single, which went beyond the She Loves You , Eight Days A Week etc. love pop song formula that these fans were used to and screamed over at the concerts.The Beatles wanted to address the teenyboppers ( "Hello, hello..." ) and let them now that they are still the same people from the year before and the year before that (symbolised through the collarless suits from the Beatlemania days in the video) and that they have simply progressed in sound, and that shouldn't have to be the reason for them to stop listening to them ("I don't know why you say goodbye... "). 

What do you guys think of this interpretation?   

I think it's a good interpretation, but I don't think Paul consciously wrote it with that in mind. Paul is a lover of song for the sake of song, he didn't express himself through his songs like John and George did, but he was more of a craftsman than them. I remember reading a story about how Hello Goodbye was written involving a conversation where Paul asked whoever he was talking to to state the opposite of whatever Paul said. It's hard to imagine Paul fitting your interpretation into that method.

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