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Paul McCartney Says He Still Asks John Lennon for Songwriting Advice

Image courtesy of Mary McCartney/MPL Communications (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Mary McCartney/MPL Communications (via ABC News Radio)

With about a half century's worth of classic tunes under his belt, Paul McCartney pretty much has this songwriting thing down.  However, the rock legend tells Rolling Stone that he still doubts himself when he's coming up with new material, and when this happens, he'll sometimes use his imagination to seek the advice of a dear, albeit departed, friend -- John Lennon .

"If I'm at a point where I go, 'I'm not sure about this,' I'll throw it across the room to John," reveals McCartney.  "He'll say, 'You can't go there, man.'  And I'll say, 'You're quite right.  How about this?'  'Yeah, that's better.'"

He adds, "We'll have a conversation.  I don't want to lose that."

During a recent interview with the magazine, McCartney reports that he's also put aside the bad blood he used to feel for Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono .

Noting that he now considers Ono a "badass," he explains that he eventually came to the realization that "if John loved her, there's got to be something.  He's not stupid."

In addition, McCartney points out that George Harrison had advised him to let go of any negative feelings he'd been harboring about Yoko.

"George would say to me, 'You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life,'" he tells Rolling Stone .

McCartney has a very different feeling, though, about the man who took Lennon's life, Mark David Chapman .

"I think I could pretty much forgive anyone else," he maintains. "But I don't see why I'd want to forgive him.  This is a guy who did something so crazy and terminal.  Why should I bless him with forgiveness?"

Rolling Stone 's full interview with McCartney will appear in the magazine's new issue, which hits newsstands and the iTunes App Store on Friday.

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