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Blackbird singing : poems and lyrics, 1965-1999
McCartney, Paul.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, 2001.
Physical Description:
185 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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The hardcover publication of Blackbird Singing, the first collection of Paul McCartney's poems and lyrics, was an international cultural event--celebrated in concert halls, at literary festivals, and in newspapers and magazines throughout the world. "While McCartney is of a completely different cast than Bob Dylan, his appeal may be even greater than that of the latter great poet-songwriter," wrote Publishers Weekly; The Guardian hailed McCartney's words as "a remarkable feat of historical imagination." The best-selling Blackbird Singing now includes several new poems and lyrics, including "Freedom," which McCartney performed in New York City at a benefit concert last fall. To actually read McCartney's poems, whether exuberant ballads of love or poignant messages of deepest grief, is to appreciate the electrifying power of the confluence of dream and song. Inspired by his late wife, Linda McCartney, Blackbird Singing gives us extraordinary access to the inner life of one of the most influential figures of our time.

Author Notes

Sir Paul McCartney is a poet and songwriter

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Now you can read along with Paul, not just sing along.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sir Paul McCartney painter, composer and songwriter (even the Queen taps her feet to "Penny Lane") has been steadily writing poetry along with the lyrics memorized by much of the world. British political poet and satirist Adrian Mitchell (who is well-known over there, and best represented by Heart on the Left: Selected Poems 1953-1984 over here) worked as a Daily Mail pop critic in 1963 and published the first national interview with the Beatles, remaining friends with McCartney since. In consultation with Sir Paul, he has selected from among McCartney's works. There are the grand and expected songs, such as "Hey Jude," "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby"; ditties like "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" and surreal oddities like "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"; elegies for McCartney's wife, Linda Eastman McCartney, and for friend Ivan Vaughan; and a variety of verse, such as "To Find the Joy": "Seagulls spiral whirl/ Against the sullen oak/ No scientific thought informs/ Their madcap tribal swirl." As Mitchell writes: "Clean out your head. Wash out the name and the fame. Read these clear words and listen to them decide for yourself." (Apr. 23) Forecast: While McCartney is of a completely different cast than Bob Dylan, his appeal may be even greater than that of the latter great poet/songwriter. Expect strong and steady sales after a solid showing on bestseller lists. Mitchell's latest collection, All Shook Up: Poems 1997-2000, is due this month and includes "Gourmet Architecture, Troy, New York": "It might take a year or two/ But, with its cherry-red perfect bricks/ United by vanilla ice cement/ I could eat the Marine Midland Bank." (Bloodaxe [Dufour, dist.], $19.95 paper 128p ISBN 1-85224-513-1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Adrian Mitchell
Forewordp. 13
Introductionp. 15
I Playing at Home
In Liverpoolp. 23
Mist the Mindp. 25
Figure of Eightp. 26
Toy Storep. 27
Heart of the Countryp. 28
Mull of Kintyrep. 29
When I'm Sixty-Fourp. 30
Here Today (Song for John)p. 32
Golden Earth Girlp. 34
Maybe I'm Amazedp. 35
II Yesterday
Yellow Submarinep. 39
Dinner Ticketsp. 40
Once Upon a Long Agop. 41
She Came in through the Bathroom Windowp. 42
"Junk"p. 43
Penny Lanep. 44
"Ivan"p. 46
The Long and Winding Roadp. 47
The Fool on the Hillp. 48
This Is the Wayp. 50
Carry That Weightp. 51
Hey Judep. 52
Yesterdayp. 54
III Friends and Enemies
Let 'Em Inp. 57
The Poet of Dumbwoman's Lanep. 58
Day with Georgep. 59
Fly by Nightp. 60
Jerk of All Jerksp. 61
The Note You Never Wrotep. 63
Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)p. 64
49th Fearless Sleepp. 65
Masseuse Masseurp. 66
Hot as Thatp. 67
Little Willowp. 68
IV The Business
Band on the Runp. 73
Spirit of Rock 'n' Rollp. 75
Back in the USSRp. 76
Backwards Travellerp. 78
Velvet Wavep. 79
Why Don't We Do It in the Road?p. 80
Helen Wheelsp. 81
Monkberry Moon Delightp. 83
Black Vulcanp. 85
Venus and Marsp. 86
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bandp. 87
The Song We Were Singingp. 88
V The World Tonight
The World Tonightp. 91
Chasing the Cherryp. 93
Was It Really Twenty Years Ago?p. 96
Big Boys Bickeringp. 97
City Parkp. 98
Moon's a Mandarinp. 100
Trouble Isp. 101
A Billion Bees in the Boragep. 102
Give the Man a Breakp. 103
Looking for Changesp. 104
All Together Nowp. 106
VI All the Lonely People
She's Leaving Homep. 109
Lady Madonnap. 111
'Soilyp. 112
Maxwell's Silver Hammerp. 113
Paperback Writerp. 115
Not Onp. 116
Rocky Raccoonp. 118
Lovely Ritap. 120
Tchaicop. 121
Junior's Farmp. 122
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-dap. 124
Wedding Invitationp. 126
Flaming Piep. 128
Eleanor Rigbyp. 129
VII Standing Stone
Standing Stonep. 133
VIII Home to Love
Flying to My Homep. 145
Full Moon's Evep. 146
A Man with Childrenp. 147
The Blue Shines Throughp. 148
Calico Skiesp. 149
Waterfallsp. 150
Pictures in Songp. 152
No Rhymep. 153
My Lovep. 154
IX Nova
Anti-Alarm Callp. 157
Call It a Dayp. 158
Blessedp. 159
Black Jacketp. 160
Her Spiritp. 161
Meditatep. 162
To Find the Joyp. 164
Irish Languagep. 165
Steelp. 166
Rocking On!p. 167
Dawn Starp. 169
She Is...p. 170
Lostp. 171
To Be Saidp. 172
Novap. 173
Acknowledgmentsp. 175
Index of Titlesp. 183