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The Beatles Writing Room (How The Beatles Wrote Their Songs)

By: Pryor McHugh


Chapter 1 is in the style of a comic book. Chapter 2 is in the style of a script. 


Characters 

Pryor McHugh 

George Martin 

John Lennon 

Paul McCartney 

George Harrison 

Ringo Star 

Yoko Ono


Chapter 1:








Chapter 2:

Harrison 

(Starts to play my lord) I’ve got like 20 ideas swimming in my head. 


John and Paul 

(look at each other) Nah. 


George 

Well you know what I realized now, I want to do my own thing. All things must pass. 

(The Beatles (except Harrison) start to play Don’t Let Me Down. Yoko started to sing too, but it sounds more like a siren from an ambulance far away.) 


Martin 

If you guys are just going to mess around and be all Willy Nilly it's going to feel that way to the audience. 


Paul 

(speaking with his tongue out) Clap your hands, (claps offbeat, hands like claws) stamp your feet. (stamps like he’s kicking a soccer ball) (Youtube link) 


Martin 

Screw this, Screw the Beatles. I’m leaving. You know there's a “Stamp Out The Beatles Movement” in Detroit. You're just giving them more reason to stamp you out. 


Paul 

We can just start a campaign to stamp out Detroit. 

(Martin exits. The Beatles start to play “Eight Days a Week” perfectly together) 


Martin 

Wait, yes (Enters)

(The Beatles play nonsense again) 


Martin 

No no no, that's not a song! What were you playing before? It was good! 


Ringo 

I don’t think I’ll ever beat Yellow Submarine. 


Martin 

Things need to like, rhyme and roll together! 


John 

There is no way everyone could live in a submarine 


Ringo 

You don’t mean that. 


Martin 

RINGO! JOHN! Please, We just need a good old-fashioned rock song.

 

John 

You're being a nanny, stop nannying me. 

Martin 

Why do you think you're the most popular singing group today? 


All 

Don’t know. No idea. 


John 

If we knew we’d get four boys with long hair together and be managers. 


Martin 

It's because you write true things. YOU connect to your lyrics so other people can too. Just write something like, ob la da di, ob la da, um, life goes on, you know. You’ve written millions of songs, surely you can pop something out. 

(Paul looks at John. John looks at Harrison. Harrison looks at Ringo. They all nod)


Paul 

Ob-la-di, ob la da? 


John 

Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da! 


Ringo 

LIFE GOES ON! 

(The Beatles skip in a circle and out the room singing.) 


Martin 

(plopping down on the couch) This is going to be a hard day's night. (Lights out on The Beatles. Lights up on Pryor) 


Pryor 

It’s probably really easy for them to come up with songs. (Lights out)

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