"If you listen to my playing, I try to become an instrument; play the mood of the song. For example, 'Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire,' - boom ba bom. I try to show that; the disenchanting mood. The drum fills are part of it."
"I did the slow version and I wanted it out as a single: as a statement of The Beatles' position on Vietnam and The Beatles' position on revolution. For years, on The Beatles' tours, Brian Epstein had stopped us from saying anything about Vietnam or the war."
"After I timed it I said, 'You can't make a single that long.' I was shouted down by the boys - not for the first time in my life - John asked, 'Why not?' I couldn't think of an answer, except the rather pathetic one that disc jockeys wouldn't play it. He said, 'They will if it's us' And, of course, he was absolutely right."