Paul McCartney: Materialistic Songs as Money

Posted by admin on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Funny Money Quotes: from the Beatles suggesting that writing a song was the equivalent of printing money at will. Paul McCartney said:
 
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“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.'” — Paul McCartney

 

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This money quote from Paul McCartney suggests that contrary to popular belief, the Beatles were not actually anti-materialistic or against wealth accumulation. McCartney recalls that he and John Lennon would deliberately set out to write songs with the goal of earning money and affording luxuries like swimming pools.

While the Beatles promoted messages of peace, love and social change, McCartney acknowledges through this anecdote that financial success and lavish lifestyles were also motivators when composing their music. The quote serves to dispel the misconception that the band shunned material goods and wealth, indicating they actively sought to profit from their artistic talents.

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