Paul McCartney: ‘Lost Beatles song is no ‘Strawberry Fields”

Legend says 'Carnival Of Light' is 'not to everyone's taste'

Paul McCartney has spoken about the ‘lost’ Beatles track ‘Carnival Of Light’, telling fans not to expect “another ‘Strawberry Fields’“.

The 14-minute experimental song, which The Beatles recorded in 1967, has gained near-mythical status among fans due to the fact it remains unreleased in any form.

Speaking about ‘Carnival Of Light’ in November, McCartney told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row: “The time has come for it to get its moment.”

Now, McCartney has revealed more details about the song. In an interview with The Times the former Beatle said he had recently been asked about the track by a dinner lady at his daughter’s school.

“I was like: ‘I don’t think you’d like it,'” he said. “People are thinking there’s another ‘Strawberry Fields’ (referring to 1967 psychedelic classic ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’) somewhere… this is more plinky-plonky. I mean, I like it, but it’s not to everyone’s taste.”

McCartney also revealed that he, John Lennon and George Harrison used to put fake personal adverts in their local newspaper before they became famous.

He said: “There used to be this paper in Liverpool called ‘Mersey Beat’. In it you had a column where you could put personal ads. John and George and I used to put them in. Just so we could see our words in print, you know?

“It’d be like: ‘Barry! Meet me behind the station at this time.’ And then it would come out and we’d be like: ‘Yeah! It got in!’ Just seeing it there was a little kick.”