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Well, they're both fictional lyricists in that neither of them is setting documentary texts to music, they are both making up their lyrics. So the simple answr is no, you can't say that about them.

If you mean are Lennon's more grounded in reality - no - when Lennon gets political he tends to operate in some fanciful utopia rather than any real politics (cf the pie in the sky nonsense that is Imagine and Revolution or the soppy romanticism of Woman). McCartney often does frivolous lyrics as well (Frog Chorus, Pipes Of Peace, O-Bla-Di-O-Bla-Da) but his tend to be deliberately chidlish or childlike, whereas Lennon's seem to be intended seriously even though they are just as daft.

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Well, they're both fictional lyricists in that neither of them is setting documentary texts to music, they are both making up their lyrics. So the simple answr is no, you can't say that about them.

If you mean are Lennon's more grounded in reality - no - when Lennon gets political he tends to operate in some fanciful utopia rather than any real politics (cf the pie in the sky nonsense that is Imagine and Revolution or the soppy romanticism of Woman). McCartney often does frivolous lyrics as well (Frog Chorus, Pipes Of Peace, O-Bla-Di-O-Bla-Da) but his tend to be deliberately chidlish or childlike, whereas Lennon's seem to be intended seriously even though they are just as daft.

That was perfectly summed up :beatnik:

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Perhaps it's because Lennon was usually perceived as being more political (which some people equate with being more serious) while McCartney was perceived as being more of a romantic. Though, some of their songs would cause a flip-flop in those perceptions.

Suffice it to say that they were each great songwriters for their era and perhaps for any era. Time seems to bear that out.

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