Paul McCartney says John Lennon’s ‘whole life was a cry for help’

McCartney talks about the circumstances surrounding Beatles hit 'Help!'

Paul McCartney has discussed the circumstances surrounding The Beatles‘s 1965 hit ‘Help!’. Speaking to Billboard, McCartney said that John Lennon’s “whole life was a cry for help”.

This was in response to Lennon’s claim before his death that: “The whole Beatles thing was just beyond comprehension. I was subconsciously crying out for help.” He added: “I was fat and depressed, and I was crying out for help.”

McCartney is quoted as telling Billboard: “He [Lennon] didn’t say, ‘I’m now fat and I’m feeling miserable.’ He said, ‘When I was younger, so much younger than today.’ In other words, he blustered his way through. We all felt the same way.”


“Looking back on it, John was always looking for help. He had [a paranoia] that people died when he was around. His father left home when John was three, the uncle he lived with died later, then his mother died. I think John’s whole life was a cry for help.”


McCartney recently admitted that he felt “frustrated” by the change in public perception of Lennon following his death.

He said: “Post-Beatles, George did his record, John did his, I did mine, Ringo did his. We were equal. When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John’s a martyr. A JFK.”

“So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, ‘Well, he was The Beatles.’ And me, George and Ringo would go, ‘Er, hang on. It’s only a year ago we were all equal-ish.'”