Blackbird Singing: Poems And Lyrics 1965-1999 Paul McCartney

ISBN: 9780756773663

Published: January 1st 2004


185 pages


Blackbird Singing: Poems And Lyrics 1965-1999  by  Paul McCartney

Blackbird Singing: Poems And Lyrics 1965-1999 by Paul McCartney
January 1st 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 185 pages | ISBN: 9780756773663 | 4.34 Mb

It is nearly impossible to scan any of Paul McCartneys lyrics without hearing the Beatles music in the background, dictating rhythm, pace, and mood. But as Blackbird Singing demonstrates, the effort is worth making. This first collection brings together early and late poems, along with some of Sir Pauls greatest hits (including the words to Yesterday, Lady Madonna, Penny Lane, and Hey Jude.) In his introduction, editor and fellow Liverpudlian Adrian Mitchell urges readers to wash out the name and the fame and examine whats on the page.

If you can do this, youre in for a pleasant surprise. True, some of the lyrics appear trite on paper--Heart of the Country and Mull of Kintyre are notable offenders. Even Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band seems naked and frail without the rousing brass section. But McCartneys deeper vulnerability comes to the surface in Dinner Tickets, a poem about his childhood. And Standing Stone recounts a gutsy fable about a man using the power of imagination to fend off the enemy: he erects a standing stone, a weathered finger to the sky and learns to be at peace with peace.

Irish Language boasts a rare streak of irony as the narrator admires the way those Irish chappies swill the language around in their mouths and dribble it through their fingers. The song ends with a beautifully timed punch line: The Beatles were a bunch of Micks. Blackbird Singing closes with poems dedicated to the authors late wife that are tender, sparse, and startlingly honest. --Cherry Smyth

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