"Dear Boy" as written by and Paul Mccartney Linda Mccartney....
I guess you never knew, dear boy, what you had found
I guess you never knew, dear boy, that she was just the cutest thing around
I guess you never knew what you had found, dear boy

I guess you never saw, dear boy that love was there
And maybe when you look too hard, dear boy, you never do become aware
I guess you never did become aware, dear boy

When I stepped in, my heart was down and out
But her love came through and brought me 'round
Got me up and about

When I stepped in, my heart was down and out
But her love came through and brought me 'round
Got me up and about

I hope you never know, dear boy, how much you missed
And even when you fall in love, dear boy
It won't be half as good as this

I hope you never know how much you missed
Dear boy, how much you missed, dear boy


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"Dear Boy" as written by Paul Mccartney Linda Mccartney

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  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. Written (I presume) from the perspective of someone experienced in love telling a young boy what he's missing out or not appreciating the love he has. For me the layers of backing vocals make this song.
    Digi-Gon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song with wonderful harmonies by Paul and Linda. Not about John Lennon at all (do most of Paul's songs have to be about John?) It's actually written to Linda's first husband, Michael See. If, as reported, Lennon thought the song was aimed at him, perhaps it's from his own guilt over how he treated Cynthia.
    JDeanBon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe story at the time was that Linda was hot for John and he passed. She then fell for Paul. Story now is that it was about Joe See from Tucson Arizona, Linda's ex-husband and hanger on at the time (Get Back Joe, go home). Joe committed suicide shortly after Linda died.
    TheBeckleson January 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, very underrated.
    majestikmoose9on January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is great, it sounds just like when the beatles were together type of music! VERY BEAUTIFUL!
    buterfly7on August 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song had anything to do with John Lennon, despite his paranoia. I think it's just an example of Paul's absolute finesse of the ballad.

    To me, this song fits well with a situation I went through in my life (tangent: I'm a girl, so I usually ignore the chorus with "her love" and all that, and focus more on me telling this to a "dear boy"). You love someone, they love you, but they throw you away for somebody else even though you two were perfect together.

    Especially the lines
    "And even when you fall in love, dear boy,
    It won't be half as good as this"
    remind me of that snarking hurt of being replaced, or of being led on and let down. I feel that Paul is saying something along the lines of "You had it all, this love was perfect, but you didn't see it or didn't want it ("looked to hard", "never do become aware", "never knew what you had found") and now you've lost/missed it/your chance at it and i don't care how bad you want it back ("i hope you never know how much you missed").

    Just my two cents.
    newdisasteron October 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think that John was right and it was written about him. Specifically about their songwriting partnership having dissolved and John not valuing what they had. Paul was a master at masking what he was writing about so as usual he failed his thoughts within what looked to be a typical boy girl breakup thing.
    FLYINLIONon February 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI love the part in the middle when he just sings "doo-doo" in place of lyrics.

    It's gotta be songs like this that infuriated Lennon. Paul never took himself too seriously, while John was ultra-pretentious during this time.

    Love it.
    Starqueston July 14, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentJohn Lennon thought it was tha affair he had with Yoko while he was married to Cynthia. Especially the line - I guess you never knew,
    Dear boy, what you had found,
    I guess you never knew,
    Dear boy, that she was just the cutest thing around.
    johnliverpoolon August 11, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis was to do with the fact that Paul fancied Cynthia and had to watch John throw away what Paul had essentially envied since they were teenagers. There is a story about Macca turning up at Cynthia's house with a bunch of flowers when the divorce was finalised and saying something like "How about you and me Cyn?"

    Possibly they got together before or after the divorce:

    When I stepped in, my heart was down and out,
    But her love came through and brought me 'round,
    betch252on January 14, 2009   Link

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