Sir Paul McCartney reveals: "I wrote songs with Elvis Costello the SAME way I did with John Lennon"
The ex-Beatle said: "I had said to Elvis that I kind of missed the way John and I used to write"
BY PATRICK LION
31 JAN 2017
Sir Paul McCartney told how he replicated asked Costello if they could try to replicate the way he wrote songs with Costello (Photo: Getty)
Sir Paul McCartney has revealed he wrote songs with Elvis Costello the way he did with John Lennon .
The former Beatle is about to reissue album Flowers in the Dirt, which Costello co-wrote a third of.
A fan asked via his website what the process was like and if he learned anything.
Sir Paul said: "The answer is no!"
"It was good! It was good fun actually. When we were about to start, I had said to Elvis that I kind of missed the way John and I used to write, which was sitting across from each other, with an acoustic guitar each.
Macca was talking about writing with Elvis Costello (Photo: PA)
"And I'd explain to him that the fun thing for me was, with John being right-handed and me being left-handed it kind of looked like it was in a mirror.
"So I said we should do the same thing. He just came down to my studio in Sussex and we used that same process.
"We just sat down, started banging away until one of us had an idea, or either of us brought in something that had inspired us and we wrote in the same manner that John and I had written in.
Lennon and McCartney wrote some of the most memorable pop songs in history (Photo: Getty)
"So that was nice, it was kind of reminiscent of using this method once again.
"And the great thing was, this time, once we were finished, we could go right downstairs into the studio itself - because we wrote in my office above the studio - and we'd go right downstairs into the studio the minute we'd finished it.
"Five minutes later we'd recorded it. Talk about fresh! That was 'hot off the skillet'."