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Friday, 18 June 2010

The Quotable Paul McCartney ... A Hard Day's Knight?

The Quotable Paul McCartney ... A Hard Day's Knight?

“It was 68 years ago today ...” Sir Paul McCartney (born on this day in 1942) is the most successful songwriter in the history of popular music [according to Guinness World Records], He will always be remembered as one of the Beatles and for writing great songs such as: Hey Jude, Yesterday, Let It Be, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Lady Madonna (with John Lennon) and he also penned the James Bond song Live and Let Die.

To pay tribute to Sir Paul's great career, here is a selection of his famous and inspirational quotations covering the last fifty years ...


Paul on life in the Beatles ...

"None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back."

"We didn't all get into music for a job. We got into music to avoid a job, in truth ... and get lots of girls.”

"There are only four people who knew what the Beatles were about."


Paul on song-writing and being creative ...

"People who create and write, it actually does flow - just flows from into their head, into their hand, and they write it down. It's simple."

"To get a big hit single today you've got to go a bit dance. You've got to go a bit Britney. I don't think I can do that - well, I could but it wouldn't look very seemly!"

"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."

"I saw that Meryl Streep said, 'I just want to do my job well.' And really, that's all I'm ever trying to do."

"I'm still looking to write a great song ... You always are. You know, you never think, 'Well, that's enough ... that's good enough.' "

On leaving record label EMI after 45 years - "Everybody at EMI had become part of the furniture. I'd be a couch; Coldplay are an armchair. Robbie Williams ... I dread to think what he was."


Paul on his musical inspirations ...

"It was Elvis who really got me hooked on beat music. When I heard Heartbreak Hotel I thought, 'This is it.' "

"No one is musically educated until they have heard The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds."



Paul's serious social comments ...

"I don't ever try to make a serious social comment."

"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian."

"Think globally, act locally."

"In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."



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