Artist: Paul McCartney

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.'”

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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:

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You Tell Me ~ Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is a multiple Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter, poet, composer, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur, record producer, film producer, painter, and animal rights activist. He 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 music in rock and roll history.[1] After leaving The Beatles, McCartney launched a successful solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda Eastman McCartney, and singer-songwriter, Denny Laine. He has worked on film scores, classical and electronic music, released a large catalogue of songs as a solo artist, and taken part in projects to help international charities.

You Tell Me

McCartney said of this song: “I started off just remembering summers. ‘Were we really there?’ ‘Was it real?’ Sometimes for a lot of people your memories, particularly childhood memories, seem so golden and you think, ‘Did it really never rain all summer or am I just imagining the sunny bits?’ And then the phrase, ‘You tell me,’ began to be the theme of the song. I wrote it out in Long Island, during one of those summers. I was just looking at a red cardinal. For someone English it’s magical, seeing a bright red bird coming out of a tree, so he appeared in the lyric. A lot of it was actually just there as I was writing. It became a tribute to golden summers.”

There isn’t an actual video for this song, so instead of making one of my own, I decided to go with one that Frank Withers put together using film footage of a trip to Seattle with his girlfriend in 1970.  (H/T Marty Lawson)

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When was that summer when the skies were blue
The bright red cardinal flew down from his tree
You tell me

When was that summer when it never rained
The air was buzzing with the sweet old honey bee
Let’s see
You tell me

Were we there was it real
Is it truly how I feel
Maybe
You tell me

Were we there is it true
Was I really there with you
Let’s see
You tell me

When was that summer of a dozen words (dozen words)
The butterflies and humming birds flew free
Let’s see
You tell me

Let’s see
You tell me (you tell me)

  • Audio from the 2007 album, Memory Almost Full:

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