As tens of thousands of March For Our Lives protesters gathered on the western edge of New York City’s Central Park Saturday, Paul McCartney was there to honor the murder of his legendary song-writing partner and fellow Beatle, John Lennon.
After all these years, Paul McCartney still believes in yesterday.
The music legend, now 77, told Stephen Colbert Monday night on “The Late Show” that he still thinks about the late John Lennon “quite often,” nearly 39 years after The Beatle’s death.
“I dream about him,” McCartney said. “When you’ve had a relationship like that for so long, such a deep relationship, I love when people revisit you in your dreams. I often have band dreams and they’re crazy. I’m often with John… I have a lot of dreams about John. They’re always good.”
Lennon, like McCartney, lost his mother at a young age. McCartney said the tragedies bonded them together.
“We both knew about that. We both knew that feeling,” he said. “I never thought it affected my music until years later. People were saying, ‘Well that song, “Yesterday” ‘… ‘Why she had to go, I don’t know, she wouldn’t say?’ They said, ‘That’s your mom.’ I said, ‘I don’t know.’ I certainly didn’t mean it to be. But it could be. Those things can happen.”
Speaking of “Yesterday,” McCartney said he and wife Nancy Shevell saw the new movie that imagined what the world would be like if the The Beatles never existed. The couple snuck into a public movie theater to watch it, he said.
“It was a pretty good plug for me. (We) were in the back row and the guy is sort of saying, ‘This is Paul McCartney, the world’s greatest songwriter,’ and I was kind of –” he began, snorting with laughter.
“It was great. It was a good way to see it,” McCartney said. “We wanted to see it with people, rather than a corporate screening. I thought it was a nice movie.”
Colbert showed McCartney an old black-and-white photo of himself with his old writing partner, Lennon. For McCartney, it was a welcome reminder of how close the two had been, despite rumors that claimed otherwise.
“I kind of bought into it,” McCartney said, of speculation he was the “villain” of The Beatles. “When you’re called it enough, you start saying, ‘Well, maybe I was.’ So, I had to do a lot of wrangling with ‘Was I? Wasn’t I? Did I know John? Were we friends?’ Knowing really, we were, but there were so many rumors about it.”
He added: “That photo, when I saw that, it’s like, ‘Yes. We were friends.’ It’s a beautiful photo for me because it just reminds me of us working together and how cool it was.”