McCartney vs. Lennon: Loving and Losing
John Lennon and Paul McCartney are two revolutionary artists who grew and developed a very beautiful and distinct style of song writing that shaped or rather influenced musicians apart of and after their generation. Besides a distinct difference in tonality between John and Paul, both musicians are very different from one another and it is this chemistry that is the very essence of The Beatle’s aura. It is important to understand this distinct difference in order to determine who the main contributor of the song was. John and Paul are two polar opposites when it comes to music and love.
John Lennon, the main contributor of the song “Not a Second Time” is noted for his darker edge about his lyrics. John is the hopeless romantic who no matter what outlet presents itself for him he is destined to be heartbroken by it. It is this quality that many argue makes a soulful artist. John has a profound understanding of blues and R&B and really anything of the like where artists with tough lives or childhoods thrive. John is really a tortured soul, he’s never really had parents and he is the only one who’s married at this time. John is not going to write anything that has to do with promising love or “wishing his loving away” to someone. John isn’t egocentric, but his songs determine his fate with relationships in most cases. In the case of “Not a Second Time” John states that he isn’t going to let a girl play with his emotions and he states that it won’t happen again. John has to put up a barrier because he is the vulnerable one, the tortured one, and the one that believes no matter what he is destined to be hurt by whomever he loves no matter how hard he tries. It is because of this that the listener really gets a sense of how John Lennon’s songwriting is at it’s best sometimes in his solitude or when he’s hurt. Frankly, John was damn good at taking a sad emotion and viscerally painting it into songwriting