Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Paul McCartney and editor Adrian Mitchell conduct readers down the long and winding road of McCartney's poetry and songs. These favorite lyrics and well-hidden poems offer us another sweet walk down Penny Lane.
Michael Horovitz
[M]editative lines that will speak volumes to anyone who's experienced the solitary confinement that follows the loss of a soulmate.
Nancy Pate
It's nice to have the lyrics of so many contemporary classics all together. ...Music of our years, music to our ears. —Orlando Sentinel
Peter Neil Nason
[D]ecidedly strong....when McCartney's writings succeed—as many of them do in Blackbird Singing—they become nothing short of exhilarating.
Rachel Campbell-Johnston
[C]ampaigning, elegiac, impressionistic poems....Could poetry even become the new rock 'n' roll?
Rene A. Guzman
[F]ans will appreciate Blackbird Singing because it's Paul being Paul: succinctly, playfully, and sentimentally. And what's wrong with that?
Stephen Logan
Paul McCartney is a genius with the common touch....McCartney writes as freely (and often as beautifully as a blackbird sings.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393020496
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,279,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most admired contemporary poets and songwriters. He lives in England.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 13
Introduction 15
In Liverpool 23
Mist the Mind 25
Figure of Eight 26
Toy Store 27
Heart of the Country 28
Mull of Kintyre 29
When I'm Sixty-Four 30
Here Today (Song for John) 32
Golden Earth Girl 34
Maybe I'm Amazed 35
Yellow Submarine 39
Dinner Tickets 40
Once Upon a Long Ago 41
She Came in through the Bathroom Window 42
"Junk" 43
Penny Lane 44
"Ivan" 46
The Long and Winding Road 47
The Fool on the Hill 48
This Is the Way 50
Carry That Weight 51
Hey Jude 52
Yesterday 54
Let 'Em In 57
The Poet of Dumbwoman's Lane 58
Day with George 59
Fly by Night 60
Jerk of All Jerks 61
The Note You Never Wrote 63
Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me) 64
49th Fearless Sleep 65
Masseuse Masseur 66
Hot as That 67
Little Willow 68
Band on the Run 73
Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll 75
Back in the USSR 76
Backwards Traveller 78
Velvet Wave 79
Why Don't We Do It in the Road? 80
Helen Wheels 81
Monkberry Moon Delight 83
Black Vulcan 85
Venus and Mars 86
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 87
The Song We Were Singing 88
The World Tonight 91
Chasing the Cherry 93
Was It Really Twenty Years Ago? 96
Big Boys Bickering 97
City Park 98
Moon's Mandarin 100
Trouble Is 101
A Billion Bees in the Borage 102
Give the Man a Break 103
Looking for Changes 104
All Together Now 106
She's Leaving Home 109
Lady Madonna 111
'Soily 112
Maxwell's Silver Hammer 113
Paperback Writer 115
Not On 116
Rocky Raccoon 118
Lovely Rita 120
Tchaico 121
Junior's Farm 122
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da 124
Wedding Invitation 126
Flaming Pie 128
Eleanor Rigby 129
Standing Stone 133
Flying to My Home 145
Full Moon's Eve 146
A Man with Children 147
The Blue Shines Through 148
Calico Skies 149
Waterfalls 150
Pictures in Song 152
No Rhyme 153
My Love 154
Anti-Alarm Call 157
Call It a Day 158
Blessed 159
Black Jacket 160
Her Spirit 161
Meditate 162
To Find the Joy 164
Irish Language 165
Steel 166
Rocking On! 167
Dawn Star 169
She Is ... 170
Lost 171
To Be Said 172
Nova 173
Acknowledgments 175
Index of Titles 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    Got to like it!

    If you like Paul's songs you will like these poems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2001

    Blackbird Singing Great

    Paul McCartney has showed in this book that his talent has no bounds. The poems written in this book are very deep and personal to the events surrounding his life. He writes about how lucky he is to be a Man With Children, and he writes a poem about his wife for nearly 30 years, Linda, passing away. This book is a very good book and is surely one you won't be able to put down! FABULOUS!

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