Trying to be a better parent, Paul McCartney swears off smoking dope

Blamed with the Beatles throughout the 1960-70s for popularizing recreational drugs, the 69-year-old musician gives up marijuana for 8-year-old daughter Beatrice.

BY: Rob Kerby


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children, Mary Anna, Stella, Heather and James — the youngest who is 35.

McCartney and the Beatles were blamed throughout the 1960-70s for popularizing recreational drug use, which was cited for some of the nonsensical lyrics on the Magical Mystery Tour, Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band albums. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” allegedly glorified LSD use, a charge the Beatles denied.

The foursome publicizing the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album

Drugs seemed to explain the perplexing lyrics of “I Am the Walrus,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Consider these words from “Come Together”:

Here come old flattop, he come grooving up slowly
He got joo-joo eyeball, he one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what he please
He wear no shoeshine, he got toe-jam football
He got monkey finger, he shoot coca-cola
He say “I know you, you know me”
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together right now over me

The song was reportedly inspired by LSD-proponent Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan, which abruptly ended when Leary was sent to prison for drug possession.

McCartney has previously confessed to using cocaine and heroin. He and the other Beatles reportedly tried marijuana for the first time in

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