John Lennon criticized many Beatles songs, and there was a particular song that he didn’t ‘even want to think about’. It was the infamous “Honey Pie” and Lennon wasn’t a fan of the song.
Paul McCartney wrote the 1967 Beatles song “Honey Pie,” which was included in the group’s 1968 album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). The song “Honey Pie” by The Beatles was created by Paul McCartney as a tribute to a genre he adored. However, John was not pleased with the song and even laugh at the mention of it.
‘Honey Pie’ was made to be a vaudeville/music hall song. According to Paul’s book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, he revealed John and he shared a love for music hall. He wrote, “Both John and I had a great love for music hall, what the Americans call ‘vaudeville,’ I’d heard a lot of that kind of music growing up with the Billy Cotton Band Show and all of that on the radio. I was also an admirer of people like Fred Astaire; one of my favorites of his was ‘Cheek to Cheek’ from a film called Top Hat that I used to have on an old 78.”
Although Lennon loved music hall songs, Lennon didn’t like the song. Paul while talking about the song said, “I very much liked that old crooner style, the strange fruity voice that they used, so ‘Honey Pie’ was writing one of them to an imaginary woman, across the ocean, on the silver screen, who was called Honey Pie. It’s another of my fantasy songs, We put a sound on my voice to make it sound like a scratchy old record. So it’s not a parody, it’s a nod to the vaudeville tradition that I was raised on.”
Lennon had a different idea about the song. Back in 1980 when he was interviewed, John was asked about many songs from the band. He was happy with it and talked a lot about other songs, but it came to “Honey Pie”, he always said, “I don’t even want to think about that.” He said Even the concept of the music made him giggle.
According to Cheatsheet, ‘Honey Pie’ was not the only song in the genre. Some of his other songs such as “Martha My Dear,” “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” and “When I’m Sixty-Four” are all examples of the genre. Paul even compared songs to furniture. He said the same way that someone who wants fine furniture may be interested in Thomas Chippendale’s work as a craftsman, he claimed that someone who wants to listen to fine music might be interested in The Gershwin Brothers and Cole Porter.