Paul McCartney

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The Positive Power of Love

We were saying good, positive things. We were saying “all you

need is love” or “there will be an answer, let it be.”

One of the things that was cool about the Beatles, and

something I’m very proud of, is what we said in the

songs. We were saying good, positive things. We were saying

“all you need is love” or “there will be an answer, let it be”

or “it’s a fool who plays it cool and makes his world a little

colder.” All of these messages were good messages; they

weren’t anthems of rebelliousness, we weren’t saying, “C’mon

kids, hate your parents”

The point is that we could have made those bad, hateful

statements because the Beatles had power. But we didn’t

abuse that power, we tried to use what influence we had in

our songs for the good; like speaking up for peace and love.

We could have gone off in another direction and not have

majored on the love thing; but that—the love thing—was important

to us and it still is important.

I think if there is any sort of residue of love for the Beatles

it’s because we were very honest and because we spread that

loving, genuine vibe. I still think that’s right; that’s really still

all you need—love—that is all there is. If you look at some

families these days, there seem to be a lot of problems because

there isn’t enough of that, that love. Kids are like baby

animals; they imitate their parents; that’s how they learn. So

if you’ve got kids seeing their parents argue or fight, that’s

what they are going to learn.

But I believe that in these times, it’s good that our message

still remains as a very positive, loving message, and that

there is hope that people will listen to it.

Source: Printed with permission from Paul McCartney.