Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is a British rock musician, song-writer and composer, who became famous as a member of The Beatles.


  • Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
    Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
    Oh, I believe in yesterday.
    • "Yesterday", from Help! (1965)

  • Why she had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say
    I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.
    • "Yesterday", from Help! (1965)

  • Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
    Now I need a place to hide away.

    Oh, I believe in yesterday.
    • "Yesterday", from Help! (1965)

  • She's lovely, great. She was very friendly. She was just like a mum to us.
    • About Queen Elizabeth II, in an interview after the Beatles received their MBEs from her (26 October 1965)

  • To lead a better life,
    I need my love to be here.

    Here, making each day of the year,
    Changing my life with a wave of her hand.
    Nobody can deny that there's something there.

  • I want her everywhere
    and if she's beside me I know I need never care.
    But to love her is to need her

    Everywhere, knowing that love is to share
    each one believing that love never dies
    watching her eyes and hoping I'm always there.

    • "Here, There and Everywhere" (1966)

  • Lovely Rita, Meter Maid, nothing could come between us.
    When it gets dark I'll tow your heart away
    • "Lovely Rita" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

  • Will you still need me,
    will you still feed me,
    when I'm sixty-four?
    • "When I'm Sixty-Four" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

  • Hey Jude, don't make it bad
    Take a sad song and make it better.

    Remember to let her into your heart
    Then you can start to make it better.
    • "Hey Jude" (1968)

  • And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.
    • "The End"; The last full song track of Abbey Road (1969) the last Beatles album to be recorded before the band broke up. (Let It Be was the last album released, but had been recorded earlier.)

  • The long and winding road that leads to your door
    Will never disappear,
    I've seen that road before it always leads me here,
    Leads me to your door.
    • "The Long and Winding Road" from Let It Be (1970)

  • I thought the only lonely place was on the moon.
    • "Jet" from Band on the Run (1974)

  • You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs
    I look around me and I see it isn't so
    Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs
    And what's wrong with that?
    I'd like to know
    'Cause here I go again...

    I love you.
    • "Silly Love Songs", 1976

  • I wasn't really dead.
    • "The Chris Farley Show" sketch on Saturday Night Live, regarding the Paul is Dead hoax.

  • We thought we'd be really big in Liverpool.
    • On the Beatles' early expectations of their success (2007 interview with Larry King)

  • With life and all I've been through, I do have a belief in goodness, a good spirit. I think what people have done with religion is personified good and evil, so good's become God with 'o' out, and evil's become Devil with a 'd' added. That's my theory of religion.
    • The Beatles Anthology Book


  • By the time we made "Abbey Road", John and I were openly critical of each other's music, and I felt John wasn't much interested in performing anything he hadn't written himself

  • I am alive and well and unconcerned about the rumors of my death. But if I were dead, I would be the last to know.

  • I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity — to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.

  • I now realize that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without having a headache.

  • I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.

  • I have no problem with bootlegs, although every time I say that, my lawyer says, "Oh yes you do."

  • It [LSD] opened my eyes. We only use one-tenth of our brain. Just think of what we could accomplish if we could only tap that hidden part! It would mean a whole new world if the politicians would take LSD. There wouldn't be any more war or poverty or famine.

  • It was Elvis who really got me hooked on beat music. When I heard "Heartbreak Hotel" I thought, this is it.

  • She's absolutely gorgeous. Heather and I are having a wonderful time. I could go on for hours and drag the photographs out, but I'd never get back to the studio.
    • about his daughter, Beatrice McCartney

  • Somebody said to me,"But the Beatles were anti-materialistic." That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, "Now, let's write a swimming pool".

  • We did it this way because both John and I had a number of songs which were great as they were but which we'd never finished.
    • referring to the side two medley on Abbey Road

  • We don't eat anything that has to be killed for us. We've been through a lot and we've reached a stage where we really value life.

  • We probably seem to be anti-religious...none of us believes in God.
    • Hit Parader, January 1970
  • Dear Mailbag,
    In order to put out of its misery the limping dog of a news story which has been dragging itself across your pages for the past year, my answer to the question "will the Beatles get together again... is no.
    - Paul McCartney.
    • Letter to New Musical Express magazine

  • What a fucking great band we were
    • McCartney discussing The Beatles on the Documentary, All Together Now
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