The Beatles bassist Paul McCartney spoke in an interview with Sharyn Alfonsi of CBS News and admitted his competition with late singer John Lennon.

Interviewer said:

Were you guys competitive, writing with each other? Or did you complement each other?

Paul responded:

“Me and John? Yeah, we were competitive, yeah. Not openly, but we– we later admitted, “Yeah, you know, so Paul’s written a good one there, I better get going.” And I would similarly– “Hmm, that’s a bit good, right, here we go, come on.” If he’d have written “Strawberry Fields,” I would write “Penny Lane.” You know, and it’s– he’s remembering his old area in Liverpool, so I’ll remember mine.”

Then the conversation continued as follows:

Sharyn Alfonsi: And when that happened, did you compliment each other?

Paul McCartney: Once—

Sharyn Alfonsi: One time–

Paul McCartney: –John gave me a compliment.

Sharyn Alfonsi: In how many years? (LAUGH)

Paul McCartney: It was only once, the whole time. No, I think it was “Revolver,” but it was “Here, There and Everywhere” was– was one of my songs on it.

Paul McCartney: And– but John says, just when it finishes, “That’s a really good song, lad. I love that song.” I was like, “Yes, he likes it.” You know, and I– I’ve remembered it to this day. It’s pathetic, really.

Sharyn Alfonsi: Did you ever heap praise on him?

Paul McCartney: Yeah, I would tell him his stuff was great. You’d normally have to be a little bit drunk. It helped.

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