Today it occured to me that during the days of Beatlemania, most material was written by John. Looking at A Hard Day's Night, Paul comes up with Can't Buy Me Love, And I Love Her and Things We Said Today. All other songs do have John as the main or only composer. During Fall he came up with She's A Woman (backing I Feel Fine). For Beatles For Sale John wrote the better songs (No Reply, I'm A Loser, Baby's In Black, I Don't Want To Spoil The Party) again imho. Paul revisited the 'old' I'll Follow The Sun and What You're Doing. Together they wrote Eight Days A Week and Every Little Thing. The songs for the film Help! aren't too good on Paul's part as well. Another Girl and The Night Before can not stand up against John's Help!, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away and You're Going To Lose That Girl. It wasn't until the session for I've Just Seen A Face, I'm Down and Yesterday that Paul came up with excellent material since Can't Buy Me Love again. It looks as if Paul needed inspiration in the second half of 64 and first half of 65. Any thoughts?
I guess I wasn't so wrong. Without knowing, I almost copied Ian McDonalds thoughts on this. I bumped into it as I was checking some things in Revolution In The Head. I quote from I've Just Seen A Face:
Absorbed in his life with Jane Asher, with whose family he now lodged in Wimpole Street, McCartney had fallen far behind Lennon in output since his solo fling with Can't Buy Me Love eighteen months before. His partner had written The Beatles' last four singles and sung lead on and written a third of Eight Days A Week, an extra single issued only in America. Lennon's album material, too, had become deeper, more original, and more varied. While never struck for production ideas, McCartney had ground to halt with his songwriting, only She's A Woman standing out among his contributions since Every Little Thing. Thus far, the only substantial work on the flimsy Help! album had been Lennon's. Unless McCartney woke up, he risked losing his equal status in the partnership.
[He came up with I've Just Seen A Face, I'm Down and Yesterday, all recorded on the same day and it looks as if his status was saved]