BACKSTORY: Beatles’ “The Long and Winding Road”
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Q: Even though I'm a Beatle fan, I never cared for the song THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD. You got anything to help change my mind about it?
A: Nope. There are some details but nothing revelatory or earth-shattering to make much difference; but here are some facts anyway: THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD was written by Paul McCartney, basing it on the endless squabbles the Beatles were having at the time. Paul said, "I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration." Scotland? Yep...the actual “long, winding road” he's singing about is the B842, down the east coast of Kintyre into the nearby burg Campbeltown near “High Park,” the name of Paul's farmhouse. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD (backed with George Harrison's composition FOR YOU BLUE) was their last single before they broke up, going to #1 for two weeks in the early summer of 1970.