The Lyrics: Great Beatles songs have, somehow, become even greater

Roddy Doyle reviews Paul McCartney’s honest commentary of the songs of The Beatles

Describing it as a book doesn’t quite capture the object.  It’s a big thing of great beauty, and going back and forth through it is a hugely satisfying experience. Photograph: Bob Gomel/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Describing it as a book doesn’t quite capture the object. It’s a big thing of great beauty, and going back and forth through it is a hugely satisfying experience. Photograph: Bob Gomel/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Last year in early March, the week before Ireland went into lockdown, I was in Liverpool with a morning to kill. So I went on a Beatles taxi tour.

At Penny Lane the driver stopped the taxi. We got out and, holding the lyrics on a laminated sheet, he went through the song line by line and pointed out everything – almost literally everything – to me.

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