Too Many People ~ Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney,  is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Formerly of The Beatles (1960—1970) and Wings (1971—1981), McCartney is the most commercially successful songwriter in the history of popular music, according to Guinness World Records.

McCartney gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles, alongside John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. McCartney and Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and wrote some of the most popular songs in the history of rock music. After leaving The Beatles, McCartney launched a successful solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda Eastman, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine.

Too Many People

Too Many People” is a song by Paul McCartney from his 1971 album Ram as well as the B-side of the “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” single.

The song is an instance of “musical sniping” among the four Beatles after the band broke up, the target in this case presumed to be McCartney’s former bandmate and songwriting partner John Lennon. “[John had] been doing a lot of preaching, and it got up my nose a little bit,” said McCartney in a 1984 interview with Playboy. “I wrote, ‘Too many people preaching practices,’ I think is the line. I mean, that was a little dig at John and Yoko…there was ‘You took your lucky break and broke it in two.'”


This song, eh, eh

Too many people going underground
Too many reaching for a piece of cake
Too many people pulled and pushed around
Too many waiting for that lucky break

That was your first mistake
You took your lucky break and broke it in two
Now what can be done for you
You broke it in two

Too many people sharing party lines
Too many people never sleeping late
Too many people paying parking fines
Too many hungry people losing weight

That was your first mistake
You took your lucky break and broke it in two
Now what can be done for you
You broke it in two

Too many people breaching practices
Don’t let them tell you what you wanna be
Too many people holding back
This is crazy and maybe it’s not like me

That was your last mistake
I find my love awake and waiting to be
Now what can be done for you
She’s waiting for me

  • Audio from the 1971 album, Ram:


About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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