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Paul McCartney’s Favorite Of All His Songs: Not “Let it Be,” “Yesterday,” or “Hey Jude”


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Paul McCartney writes recollections of 154 of his songs in his two volume mega memoir, “The Lyrics.” The books come in a gorgeous box set and are released on Tuesday.

So many hits, more than anyone: “Yesterday,” “Let it Be,” “Hey Jude,” and on and on. So what’s his favorite? Or, in English, favourite?

McCartney has said in years past that he listens to the most to “Let it Be.” He’s joked around about that single’s B Side, “I Know Your Name (Look Up My Number” as his best. But that wasn’t serious.

In “The Lyrics,” McCartney settled on one song as his all time favourite: “Here, There, and Everywhere.”

“Now when I sing it, I look back at it and think, ‘The boy’s not bad.'”

The Beatle says in coming up with the lyrics, he wanted to come up with a preamble a la Cole Porter. Hence the opening couplet: “To lead a better life/I need my love to be here.”

He says that the song is directly influenced by the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” which he thinks is ironic since that group’s album, “Pet Sounds,” was influenced by the Beatles’ “Revolver.”

There are so many insights and revelations in “The Lyrics,” it’s overwhelming. He writes that his favourite line from the song is “Changing my life with a wave of her hand.” He says: “I look at that line and wonder where it came from? What was it?”

Earlier in “The Lyrics,” McCartney writes in his introduction of the mystery surrounding the Beatles’ recordings, compositions, and successes. He says he’s happy to let it remain a mystery in the end.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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