Paul McCartney told Taylor Swift that one of his favorite Beatles memories involved a van crash in a blizzard. In a long, free-flowing conversation between the superstars, McCartney said the serious wreck reminded him of the joys of songwriting.
“We were in a terrible, big blizzard, going from London to Liverpool, which we always did,” McCartney said. “We’d be working in London and then drive back in the van, just the four of us with our roadie, who would be driving. And this was a blizzard. You couldn’t see the road. At one point, it slid off and it went down an embankment. So it was ‘Ahhh,’ a bunch of yelling. We ended up at the bottom. It didn’t flip, luckily, but so there we are, and then it’s like, ‘Oh, how are we going to get back up? We’re in a van. It’s snowing, and there’s no way.’
“We’re all standing around in a little circle, and thinking, What are we going to do? And one of us said, ‘Well, something will happen.’ And I thought that was just the greatest. I love that, that’s a philosophy. And it did. We sort of went up the bank, we thumbed a lift, we got the lorry driver to take us, and Mal, our roadie, sorted the van and everything. So that was kind of our career. And I suppose that’s like how I ended up being a musician and a songwriter: ‘Something will happen.’ It’s so stupid it’s brilliant. It’s great if you’re ever in that sort of panic attack: ‘Oh, my God,’ or, ‘Ahhh, what am I going to do?'”
The two spoke for Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians series. They touch on a number of topics, including Swift’s cardigan-to-album analog and the saga of McCartney’s missing table.