For Once, I Think I Agree With Yoko

For years, the press has been reporting about a tiff between Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono over songwriting credits for John Lennon's and Paul's McCartney's songs. As reported, Lennon and McCartney agreed in 1963 to share songwriting credit for all their joint and separate Beatle creations equally as "Lennon/McCartney". At first, they wrote together. As time went by they often wrote separately. Both became prolific solo artists -- even before the Beatles broke up and stopped recording together.

Now Sir Paul wants his name listed first (McCartney/Lennon rather than Lennon/McCartney) for songs he wrote alone or principally. Anyone who has ever listened carefully knows who wrote which songs. Those facts have been thoroughly documented.

This fight is not about money. At this point, all the money goes to Michael Jackson, who bought the publishing rights to the Beatles' catalogue from McCartney years ago.

All that is left to fight over is vanity.

Any decent Beatles fan knows within seconds whether a song is John's or Paul's (or George's or Ringo's).

We all know that "Lennon/McCartney" means written by both or either. And we don't care which name comes first.

I agree with Yoko here. Let sleeping dogs lie. UPDATE: Here's another story.