Derek Taylor interviews Paul ("Delinquent Choir Boy")
DEREK: (Paul came along with a song that became the “A” side, and John had one which he thought might have been the “A” side. There was never any sort of nonsense or a back biting or jealousy.) Paul, for instance came up with “She’s A Woman,” and thought it was an “A” and other people did, and then John came up with “I Feel Fine,” so Paul’s “She’s A Woman” went on the back. Did you mind?
PAUL: I didn’t mind at all. In fact, I wouldn’t have liked it to have been an “A.” As it happened afterwards, it was quite well received. But a lot of people just thought I was singing too high. They thought I’d picked the wrong key.
DEREK: Probably less commercial anyway.
PAUL: Yes, might have been. I don’t know. You know, you get those people who come up and say, “Why did you sing it that high, you should have sung it in a lower key,” because it sounds like I was screeching it. But, ladies and gentlemen, that was on purpose, honest. It wasn’t a mistake, honest.
DEREK: Maureen Cleave, who is a London journalist, had a very good line in the piece on this disc when she wrote, “How can a dirty great voice like that come out of such a face?” I think it’s often surprising that with a face like yours, sort of angelic face…the face of a delinquent choir boy, somebody once said…that you have actually got many voices. One of them you might call a “colored voice.” That was your “colored voice” in “She’s A Woman,” wasn’t it?
PAUL: Yeah, me green voice, that.
– Let’s Talk with Paul, KRLA the Beat interview, April 21, 1965
She would never send new songs, no. I hear them but has to be with her.
I remember when I did a song with her for her album, I was in San Francisco and they sent someone with a locked briefcase with an iPad and one song on it and they flew San Francisco and played the song I’ve done with her and asked if I like it and I was like ‘yeah’ and they took it back, that’s how I hear it.
Ed Sheeran for Capricho Magazine about Taylor sending him her new songs