Paul McCartney has revealed he still talks to George Harrison in spirit — but in a very interesting way.
The 78-year-old musician recently shared that he regularly communicates with his late Beatles bandmate by talking to him through a tree, which he was gifted by Harrison before he passed away in 2001 following a battle with lung cancer.
“George was very into horticulture, [he was] a really good gardener,” the singer said on NPR’s All Things Considered. “He gave me [the] tree as a present. It’s a big fir tree and it’s by my gate.”
The evergreen coniferous tree is located near McCartney’s Peasmarsh home on his East Sussex estate in England.
“As I was leaving my house [on the morning of December 18], I got out of the car closed the gate and looked up at the tree and said, ‘Hi, George,'” McCartney explained. “There he is, growing strongly … That takes me back to the time when I hitchhiked with him! [George and John Lennon still have] an ever-present presence.
“It’s lovely. He gave it to me, so I just planted it. But then, as the years go by, every time I look at it I go, ‘That’s the tree George gave me.’ George has entered that tree for me. I hope he’s happy with that.”
During his time with The Beatles, McCartney almost didn’t think he would make it past the age of 28.
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“He would be loving the fact that he was still here,” McCartney said of his younger self in an interview with Radio Times. “Like a lot of people, I think I thought I was going to die at 28.
“To hear that I’d lasted till 77 would have been great news.”