Paul McCartney Unveils Full Song List For New Lyrics Book


Paul McCartney has unveiled all 154 song titles featured in his upcoming book coming on November 2nd, titled, The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present by Paul McCartney. The collection, which was edited and introduced by Paul Muldoon, includes his Beatles songs written with John Lennon, features "a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive — drafts, letters, photographs — never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time."

"Macca" wrote in the two-volume set's press release, "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."

The official announcement sheds light on the book's contents:

In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career — from 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 material from McCartney's personal archive — drafts, letters, photographs — never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

One of the shortest songs featured in The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present, is McCartney's 23-second paean to Britain's Queen Elizabeth, "Her Majesty." At the time of Abbey Road's original release in September 1969, McCartney spoke about the inspiration for the set's only fully acoustic track: ["I don't know, y'know, I was in Scotland, and I was just writing this little tune. I can never tell, like, how tunes come out. I wrote this tune and it happened to start off 'Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl. . . ' I mean, you could refer, like they refer to a girl as, y'know, 'Lady,' or 'girl,' y'know, like 'Lady Madonna,' or just some sort of name you call a girl. It could be that, too, y'know, 'Her Majesty' (exaggerated accent) worshiping your girlfriend or your wife."] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . or your wife)

McCartney says that above all the other emotions he has regarding having John Lennon as his best friend for a substantial part of his life, he's still in awe of their musical connection: ["I've got so many great memories, and I feel very privileged. Y'know, I'm the guy he wrote with — that's pretty cool. And we wrote some great stuff and enjoyed it — never really sweated it. We normally finished a song in about three hours, and can't ever remember coming away from a session without having a song."] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . having a song)

The full songlist to Paul McCartney's 'The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present' is:

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”

Paul McCartney On Songwriting With John Lennon :

Paul McCartney On ‘Her Majesty’ :