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Excellent examples of the brilliant lyrics written by the Fab Four. Thanks!
I created this account just to respond to this RIDICULOUS two-year-old comment. The statement that the Beatles didn’t write many of their songs is the most ignorant, idiotic, and just plain stupid comment ever made in the history of blogging. George Martin was known as the Fifth Beatle. He was their music producer, NOT a lyricist. He was particularly responsible for adding the overlays of orchestrated sound you hear on their songs (Eleanor Rigby, I am the Walrus, Yesterday, etc.). He NEVER had a hand in writing the songs. The lyrics were written by the four members of the Beatles, but predominantly Lennon and McCartney. Martin is quoted in The Beatles Anthology (2000), p. 96 -
“George Martin: As producer I didn’t have tremendous input on their lyrics. I would tell them if I didn’t think a lyric sounded good or suggest they ought to write another eight bars or so, but they tended to give me the finished songs. My work was mainly a question of contributing arrangement ideas.” And though I love Elvis, too, and he should be in the top five, he did not write his songs. His influence was his style and Lennon often attributed Elvis as a top influence along with Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry on the Beatles.