Showing posts with label The Lyrics: 1956 to Present. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Lyrics: 1956 to Present. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

See Paul discuss the roots of "Rocky Raccoon" in teaser for his upcoming "Lyrics" book

In a teaser trailer for his new book "The Lyrics," Paul talks to Bob Mortimer at the British Library about the inspiration for his song "Rocky Raccoon."

The library will host a free display entitled :Paul McCartney: The Lyrics" (5 November 2021 – 13 March 2022), which will celebrate the songwriter and performer and feature previously unseen lyrics from his personal archive. 

Additionally, 175 limited editions of the book will be signed by Paul McCartney and made available at select bookshops in the U.S. and U.K. Here images of the special edition:

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Paul to discuss new "Lyrics" book at Southbank Center event

Details from the official announcement:

Paul McCartney celebrates his new book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, in a world-exclusive event Nov. 5 at Southbank Center in London with author Paul Muldoon, chaired by Samira Ahmed.

Hear them discuss the extraordinary book in which, with unparalleled candor, McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.

The Lyrics encompasses his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present.

Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs’ lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now.

Presented with this is a treasure trove of never-seen-before material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear McCartney discuss his life, the creative process and the moments of inspiration. 

Presented in partnership with Penguin Live. Ticket info here.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Paul McCartney teases upcoming "Lyrics" book with video and song list

"Paul McCartney: The Lyrics," an official memoir of sorts told through the words and background to 157 songs from his catalog is out Nov. 2.  You can order it now from Amazon.

Here's a video and news release from Paul's camp revealing more details about the book:


Paul McCartney has revealed the list of the 154 songs featured in his forthcoming book The Lyrics, publishing 2nd November 2021. 

This career-spanning selection also includes a set of lyrics to an unrecorded Beatles song: Tell Me Who He Is. During the writing of The Lyrics, the hand-written lyrics were discovered in one of Paul’s notebooks, believed to date back to the early 1960s.  

Showcasing many further treasures from Paul’s archive, The Lyrics includes hand written lyric sheets, unseen personal photographs, drafts, and drawings. Each song is accompanied by a commentary by Paul McCartney giving a unique insight into his creative process.  

To accompany the new book, the British Library has announced it will host a free display entitled Paul McCartney: The Lyrics (5 November 2021 – 13 March 2022), which will celebrate the songwriter and performer and feature previously unseen lyrics from his personal archive. Handwritten lyrics and photographs spanning McCartney’s career will reveal the process and people behind some of the most famous songs of all time, from his earliest compositions through legendary decades of The Beatles and Wings to the present. 

More about The Lyrics: 

A self-portrait in 154 songs, by our greatest living songwriter. 

Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career. The Lyrics is edited and introduced by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. 

"More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I  have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life" - Paul McCartney, Foreward to The Lyrics 

Full list of songs included in The Lyrics:

Volume 1 

All My Loving 
And I Love Her 
Another Day 
Arrow Through Me 
Average Person 
Back in the U.S.S.R 
Band on the Run 
Café on the Left Bank 
Calico Skies 
Can’t Buy Me Love
Carry That Weight 
Check My Machine 
Come and Get It 
Coming Up 
Cook of the House 
Country Dreamer 
A Day in the Life 
Dear Friend 
Despite Repeated Warnings 
Do It Now 
Dress Me Up as a Robber 
Drive My Car 
Eat at Home 
Ebony and Ivory 
Eight Days a Week 
Eleanor Rigby 
The End 
Fixing a Hole 
The Fool on the Hill
For No One 
From Me to You 
Get Back 
Getting Closer 
Ghosts of the Past Left Behind
Girls’ School 
Give Ireland Back to the Irish
Golden Earth Girl 
Golden Slumbers 
Good Day Sunshine 
Got to Get You Into My Life
Great Day 
A Hard Day’s Night 
Helen Wheels 
Helter Skelter 
Her Majesty 
Here, There and Everywhere
Here Today 
Hey Jude 
Hi, Hi, Hi 
Honey Pie 
Hope of Deliverance 
House of Wax 
I Don’t Know 
I Lost My Little Girl 
I Saw Her Standing There
I Wanna Be Your Man 
I Want to Hold Your Hand
I Will 
I’ll Follow the Sun 
I’ll Get You  
I’m Carrying 
I’m Down 
In Spite of All the Danger
I’ve Got a Feeling 
Jenny Wren 
Junior’s Farm 
The Kiss of Venus
Lady Madonna 
Let Em In 
Let It Be 
Let Me Roll It 
Live and Let Die 
London Town 
The Long and Winding Road
Love Me Do 
Lovely Rita 

Volume 2 

Magneto and Titanium Man
Martha My Dear 
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer 
Maybe I’m Amazed 
Mother Nature’s Son 
Mrs. Vandebilt 
Mull of Kintyre 
My Love 
My Valentine 
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
No More Lonely Nights 
The Note You Never Wrote
Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight 
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 
Oh Woman, Oh Why 
Old Siam, Sir 
On My Way to Work 
Once Upon a Long Ago 
Only Mama Knows 
The Other Me 
Paperback Writer 
Penny Lane 
Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
Pipes of Peace 
Please Please Me 
Pretty Boys 
Pretty Little Head 
Put It There 
Rocky Raccoon 
San Ferry Anne
Say Say Say 
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
She Loves You 
She’s a Woman 
She’s Given Up Talking 
She’s Leaving Home 
Silly Love Songs 
Simple as That 
Single Pigeon 
Spirits of Ancient Egypt 
Teddy Boy 
Tell Me Who He Is 
Temporary Secretary 
Things We Said Today 
Ticket to Ride 
Too Many People 
Too Much Rain 
Tug of War 
Two of Us 
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 
Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Venus and Mars – Reprise 
Warm and Beautiful 
We All Stand Together 
We Can Work It Out 
We Got Married 
When I’m Sixty-Four 
When Winter Comes 
Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? 
With a Little Help From My Friends 
Women and Wives 
The World Tonight 
The World You’re Coming Into 
Yellow Submarine  
You Never Give Me Your Money 
You Tell Me 
Your Mother Should Know

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Poet Paul Muldoon talks about editing Paul McCartney's upcoming "Lyrics" memoir

The Belfast Telegraph interviews North Irish poet Paul Muldoon about working with Macca.

“Sir Paul and I met regularly over a period of five years for two or three hour sessions in which we talked in a very intensive way about the background to a half dozen songs,” said Muldoon.

“In a strange way, our process mimicked the afternoon sessions he had with John Lennon when they wrote for the Beatles. We were determined never to leave the room without something interesting."

Muldoon described McCartney as 'a major literary figure' and a poet.

“He’s one of the most buoyant, upbeat people I know, but his general demeanour shouldn’t suggest that he’s anything but a deep thinker,” said Muldoon.

“He looks long and hard into every aspect of life and I believe readers, old and new, will be struck by a book that will show that side of him. He’s going to come out of this book as a major literary figure.

“His insights into his artistic process confirm a notion at which we had but guessed: that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English.”

"The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present" is published as a two-volume book set Nov. 2. It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.