Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard of The Supremes: Mc Cartney's song Blackbird was a metaphor for the Civil Rights Movement in the U. and he was influenced by coming in to contact with black artists such as The Supremes And little by little the bigger pattern of two songwriters at the peak of their creative powers has revealed two quintessentially, lower middle-class young Englishmen, to be creatures of their place, time and education.Recently, for instance, we were reminded in a new book how Penny Lane described Lennon and Mc Cartney's upbringing in their respective Liverpool suburbs.'Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name,' Paul Mc Cartney sang in 1966 and conjured images of an old lady, a sad pillar of the church, her only friend the equally lonely Father Mc Kenzie, 'darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there'. The Beatles: [L-R] Paul Mc Cartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon.
Nearly all the words were there on the bill, from 'the Hendersons will all be there, late of Pablo Fanques Fair' to 'Henry The Horse dances the waltz' and a 'hog's head of real fire'. While writing A Day In The Life at the piano with a copy of the Daily Mail propped up in front of him, he spotted a headline about 'Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire'.
It was a reference to the state of the town's roads, but nevertheless it went into the song.
But who was the fireman who 'rushes in, from the pouring rain, very strange'?
Could that have been a nod to Paul's father, Jim Mc Cartney, who'd been a firewatcher on the Liverpool docks in World War II, and for whom When I'm Sixty Four would be written?
At the same time, as Lennon and Mc Cartney were happy to admit, when they were reshaping popular music in the Sixties, there was definitely an autobiographical nature to some of their songs.
John, although promiscuous himself, was viciously jealous if any other man looked at Cynthia, and she would have recognised the lines of You Can't Do That as a particular warning.
Most early Lennon and Mc Cartney songs were about innocent girl-boy relationships like She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand - although some American disc jockeys found Please Please Me not quite so innocent, interpreting the lyrics as inducements to mutual heavy petting.
Lennon's I Am The Walrus was based on Lewis Carroll's The Walrus And The Carpenter But, after meeting Bob Dylan in 1964, the two became quickly aware of the opportunities that lyrics afforded them to articulate their own culture.
The 'banker in a motor car' in Penny Lane, for instance.