Watch Paul McCartney Write a Beatles Hit in Two Minutes

Watch Paul McCartney Write a Beatles Hit in Two Minutes

'The Beatles: Get Back' via Disney+

The recently released documentary, The Beatles: Get Back offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the iconic band crafting their classic 1970 LP Get Back in the studio; and there is a lot of takeaways that have fans buzzing! But one scene, in particular, offers a stunning reminder that Paul McCartney is really good at writing songs! 

The scene that’s captured viewers’ attention, shows Paul McCartney strumming his bass and humming a melody that morphs into the riff, arrangement, even most of the lyrics of Get Back, in less than two minutes. Witnessing the extent of his songwriting genius is incredible but the scene also offers priceless insight into the remarkable symbiotic workings as the Fab Four, who add in their backing vocals and individual parts almost instantly once McCartney hits his mark. 

Watch below. 

The sheer force of the Beatles’ collective creativity is truly mind-blowing! The fact that Ringo and George sit opposite from Paul looking almost disinterested at the beginning (Harrison even yawning at one point) suggests that, for them, this was something they’d seen McCartney do a hundred times – to us, it looks like pure magic. 

The Beatles: Get Back is made entirely from never-before-seen, restored footage of the band writing and recording Let it Be in just a few weeks. The eight-hour documentary was helmed by legendary director Peter Jackson who said in a statement earlier this year, “I think people will be surprised by the series for two reasons. One, it’ll be far more intimate than they imagined it to be because everyone is used to seeing music documentaries being a bit kind of MTV-ish, sort of together in a poppy kind of way and it’s just the music, music, music, you know?”

“The music isn’t at the forefront of this film: weirdly, it’s what goes on behind the music at the forefront,” Jackson continued. “I mean, even in the rooftop concert, we have the concept that we’re inter-cutting all the time to the street and to the policeman and everything else.”

“So we’re not just sitting there on the concert for 45 minutes, we’re showing a whole narrative of what’s going on elsewhere during that period. And that’s really true of the whole series – it’s not a sequence of MTV video clips of them doing songs. There’s probably more conversations with The Beatles in the films than there is actual singing.”

The Beatles: Get Back is streaming now on Disney+.


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