Paperback Writer lyrics + sound      (open every blue item in a small new window)


  1. Read the lyrics.
  2. Listen to the song, while reading the lyrics again.
  3. Read the lyrics aloud, alone or in pairs.
  4. Speaking: Look at the lyrics. Ask and / or answer the following questions.  

                         Work alone or with a partner. Don’t write anything down.                           

  1. Listen to the song again.



  1. Who did he write a letter to?
  2. Was it easy to write the book?
  3. What is the book about?
  4. Why does he want to be a paperback writer?
  5. What is the story about?
  6. What do you know about his wife
  7. Does his son have a good job?
  8. Is it exactly a thousand pages?
  9. When will he be writing even more pages?

10. What else is he prepared to do with the book?

11. Is it important for the writer to have the publishing rights?

12. What could it do for the publisher?

13. What happens if the publisher doesn't like the book?

14. But what does the paperback writer need? 


Grammar:      Present tense negative   His clinging wife doesn't understand.       


Listen to and read about: Paperback writer

  1. What was the idea that Paul had when he drove to John's house?
  2. Did John approve of the lyrics?
  3. Where did they write the melody?
  4. Where did they arrange the vocal harmony intro?


Writing:         Tell in a few lines about a book that you recently read.  

                             And explain why you liked or didn't like the book.


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Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It's based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job
So I wanna be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

It's a dirty story of a dirty man
And his clinging wife doesn't understand
His son is working for the Daily Mail
It's a steady job
But he wants to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

It's a thousand pages, give or take a few
I'll be writing more in a week or two
I could make it longer if you like the style
I can change it 'round
And I wanna be a paperback writer
Paperback writer

If you really like it you can have the rights
It could make a million for you overnight
If you must return it you can send it here
But I need a break
And I wanna be a paperback writer
Paperback writer