The Bitter Song George Harrison Wrote About Paul McCartney
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George Harrison and Paul McCartney’s friendship seemed to take the worst hit when The Beatles finally disbanded in 1970 following months of internal strife. The circumstance caused Harrison and McCartney to be at an all-time high of tension during the recording sessions for what would become Let It Be in 1969.
When The Beatles finally split up, their hearts were borne in their music. Paul McCartney famously poked fun at John Lennon’s self-righteous virtue-signaling in “Too Many People,” which inspired Lennon to retaliate with the savagely nasty “How Do You Sleep?” which appeared on Lennon’s solo album Ram. Even though they dominated the news, Harrison wasn’t above returning fire on the classic album All Things Must Pass.
In 1969, during the notorious Let It Be sessions, Harrison temporarily left the band, and the song was composed around that time when tensions between the members reached a boiling point. Part of the trouble stems from the fact that Lennon and McCartney didn’t see him for what he was. The band pushed on without its guitarist in the hopes that he would return, which he did. Meanwhile, Harrison’s songwriting was revealing signs that he would become an influential musical force.
With the publication of the revolutionary album All Things Must Pass, Harrison puts to the test the idea presented by Bob Dylan that “he’d have been probably just as big as anybody.”
The album’s B-side opened with “Run of the Mill,” a song with direct lyrics directed against Paul McCartney. After becoming frustrated with McCartney around the time he penned the song, Harrison said to The Beatles’ publisher in 1979 that he believed McCartney was spreading the message, “You’re no good’ – everyone was just incompetent,” around the Apple offices. It was during that time when interpersonal difficulties became a major issue, so, it motivated Harrison to express himself musically.
This is undoubtedly one of Harrison’s most direct songs. Harrison usually wrote about spirituality and his own personal troubles, but on this tune, he decided to paint his thoughts on the board and take aim at McCartney.