McCartney said of the song:
“’Fool on the Hill’ was mine and I think I was writing about someone like Maharishi. His detractors called him a fool. Because of his giggle he wasn’t taken too seriously … I was sitting at the piano at my father’s house in Liverpool hitting a D 6th chord, and I made up ‘Fool on the Hill.’”
Alistair Taylor, in the book Yesterday, reports a mysterious incident involving a man who inexplicably appeared near him and McCartney during a walk on Primrose Hill and then disappeared again, soon after McCartney and Taylor had conversed about the existence of God; this allegedly prompted the writing of the song.
McCartney played the song for John Lennon during a writing session for “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and Lennon told him to write it down. McCartney didn’t; he was sure he wouldn’t forget it. In his 1980 interview with Playboy, Lennon said, “Now that’s Paul. Another good lyric. Shows he’s capable of writing complete songs.”
Edited by beautifulrobots on 31 Oct 2009, 16:17
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