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Help me find this Beatles quote?
20 June 2017
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Hi all,

I have a question that if anyone can solve, I think it's you lovely people here.

A long time ago, I'm convinced I read a quote by who I think was Lennon, on amateur songwriting - which was (perhaps paraphrased):

"If you want to write a song, take a song you like.  Change the words, then change the melody."

Was this a quote of theirs?  If it was, here's your bonus round for sincere extra points:

Is there any video footage of Lennon (or whichever beloved Beatle it may have been) actually saying it himself?

With salutations!

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20 June 2017
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20 June 2017
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Ahhh Girl said
Bar bet? a-hard-days-night-george-4  

Well, I'm not offering any money for it!*

But it really would be good to find out if any of them said it and even more fantastic if footage does actually exist.

(*yet)

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20 June 2017
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I'm not sure if that's a Lennon quote, but George did that with Dylan's Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands for his song Long Long Long.

"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"

-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"

-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl

26 June 2017
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sir walter raleigh said
I'm not sure if that's a Lennon quote, but George did that with Dylan's Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands for his song Long Long Long.  

 

Thanks for this.  Bumping one time in case anyone knows, otherwise I'll have to leave it be.  I wanted to use the footage for a project, but it seems that it's hard to prove Lennon ever said it, let alone see him doing it on video.

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