BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘The Lyrics Volume 1’ by Paul McCartney

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.

The Lyrics Volume 1 by Paul McCartney

Was Paul your fave Beatle? Do you enjoy reading song lyrics and being in on the creation? If not, you might want to skip this immense tome that covers A-K songs written by Lennon/McCartney (or McCartney/Lennon, depending on Paul’s recollection of who wrote more of each) from “All My Loving” through “Kiss of Venus” (no, I don’t remember it nor many Wings songs).

There’s some remarkable recollections of John and Paul’s friendship, dating back to their teenage years, and of their ability to sit down, two boys with their guitars, and not get up until they had composed a song or two.

His ambivalence about the grown-up John, his lashing attacks and lack of confidence, are attributed mostly to John’s miserable childhood.

Paul’s, in contrast, was sunny until his mother died when he was in his early teens, but he still had his father and brother to keep him striving.

There’s very little about George and Ringo and about how John and Paul’s partnership excluded them and caused George to leave the group.

Paul’s choices of his own favorites here — “I Saw her Standing There” and “Here, There, and Everywhere” — pretty much match my own. Perusing this would be time well spent for any Beatles fan.

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