Rolling Stone:What was your relationship with John Lennon like? Somewhat competitive?
Bob Dylan:Yeah. Only to a certain extent, but not really. Him and McCartney both, really, they were fantastic singers. Lennon, to this day, it's hard to find a better singer than Lennon was, or than McCartney was and still is. I'm in awe of McCartney. He's about the only one that I am in awe of. He can do it all. And he's never let up. He's got the gift for melody, he's got the rhythm, he can play any instrument. He can scream and shout as good as anybody, and he can sing a ballad as good as anybody. And his melodies are effortless, that's what you have to be in awe of. … He's just so damn effortless. I just wish he'd quit [laughs]. Everything that comes out of his mouth is just framed in melody.
“If I am on my own for three days, doing nothing, I almost completely leave myself. I’m at the back of my head. I can see my hands and realize they’re moving, but it’s like a robot who’s doing it. I have to see the others to see myself. Then I realize there is someone like me so it’s reassuring. We were recording the other night, and I just wasn’t there. Neither was Paul. We were like two robots going through the motions. We do need each other alot. When we used to get together after a month off, we used to be embarrassed about touching each other. We’d do an elaborate handshake just to hide the embarrassment… or we did mad dances. Then we got to hugging each other. Now we do the Buddhist bit… arms around. It’s just saying hello, that’s all.”—
John Lennon, on his friendship with Sir Paul McCartney (via zimphastorca)
CROSS THE LINE IF YOU HAVE HAD A BEST FRIEND THAT DOESN'T EVEN SPEAK TO YOU ANYMORE.
Yup. Last time I saw her was at her birthday party a couple of years ago. She didn’t say a word to me the whole time. She was happy enough talking to her NEW friends from her NEW school. Truth is, I miss her so much… but she doesn’t reply to my texts so I gave up.
“Just say whatever it is that comes into your head each time-‘attracts me like a… cauliflower’-until you get the word.”—John Lennon, helping George Harrison compose the words to “Something” (via harekrishna-)