The Beatles icons Paul McCartney nearly punched John Lennon for being on drugs and behaving poorly, White Album recording engineer Geoff Emerick reports in his book Here, There and Everywhere (via Cheat Sheet). John started referring to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” as “more of Paul’s ‘granny music sh*t.’”
Recording was extended, and by the fourth or fifth day, Emerick said John “went ballistic” and walked out of the studio “ranting and raving.” When he returned visibly high, things got even worse.
Emerick said when Lennon returned to the studio, he made the grand proclamation that he was on drugs, and feeling very high. “I am fucking stoned!” he yelled walking in the door, to the shock of everyone present.
“I am more stoned than you have ever been,” John continued shouting. “In fact, I am more stoned than you will ever be! And this is how the f*cking song should go.” With that, he hammered the opening chords to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” on the piano. Emerick said Paul was furious.
Source: Brett Buchanan/alternativenation.net