Left: Original lyrics of "Here Comes the Sun" by George Harrison.
According to the Beatles' official biographer,
Hunter Davies, the Fab Four never seemed to have any paper in the house. "They
never had stationery or notepads," he told CBS News' Mark Phillips. "The songs suddenly came to them, [and] when
it came to the words, they were going 'round the house going, 'Gimme some
paper. Gimme a scrap.'"
Lyrics that would become timeless
classics were often scribbled on hotel stationery, envelopes, even the back of a birthday
Davies has now assembled those scraps
(which he collected while hanging around the group) and put them into a book, "The Beatles Lyrics" (Little, Brown). Some of these relics are currently on display at the British Library - not far from the Magna Carta.