Paul McCartney was a member of The Beatles, perhaps the most successful rock band in music history. Born James Paul McCartney on June 18, 1942, he has gone on to mega-stardom with his band Wings and also as a solo artists. Nearly 73 years old, Paul McCartney is still writing, singing and touring.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney collaborated on many of the greatest songs ever recorded. After the Beatles officially called it quits in April 1970, both continued to write iconic songs. What are some of the greatest song lyrics or verses of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles career?
5) “Silly Love Songs”: “You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs. I look around me and I see it isn't so, oh no. Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs. And what's wrong with that? I'd like to know, 'cause here I go again."
Written as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek response to music critics and his former bandmate and writing partner John Lennon, “Silly Love Songs” spent five non-consecutive weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Co-written with wife Linda McCartney, “Silly Love Songs” was included on the 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. The song was McCartney’s twenty-seventh number one hit. It ended the year as the number one song of 1976 as determined by Billboard’s Year End Charts. “Silly Love Songs” has been included on many of McCartney’s greatest hits compilations. In 2008 “Silly Love Songs” was ranked at number 31 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time.
4) “Band on the Run”: "If I ever get out of here, thought of giving it all away to a registered charity. All I need is a pint a day. If I ever get out of here, if we ever get out of here. Well, the rain exploded with a mighty crash as we fell into the sun. And the first one said to the second one there, 'I hope you're having fun.' Band on the run, band on the run."
Included on the 1974 album of the same name, “Band on the Run” sold over a million copies in the United States the year it was released. The single reached the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard charts and number three on the U.K. charts. “Band on the Run,” co-written with wife Linda was a reference to the legal troubles of marijuana possession the time he and Linda penned the song. “Band on the Run” is one of Paul McCartney’s most famous songs.
3) “My Love”: "And when the cupboard's bare, I'll still find something there with my love. It's understood, it's everywhere with my love. And my love does it good."
Released as a single in March 1973 from the album Red Rose Speedway, “My Love” went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It peaked at number nine on the U.K. Singles Chart. In the United States “My Love” was also a number one hit on the Billboard Easy Listen chart for three weeks. The song was written by McCartney for his wife Linda McCartney. She also receives songwriting credit on the single.
2) “Live and Let Die”: "When you were young and your heart was an open book you used to say live and let live (you know you did, you know you did you know you did). But if this ever changing world in which we're living makes you give in and cry, say live and let die. Live and let die."
The main song for the James Bond movie of the same name, “Live and Let Die” was written specifically for the film at the request of screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz. Paul read the Ian Fleming novel and quickly wrote “Live and Let Die.” Mankiewicz wanted the song performed by Shirley Bassey or Thelma Houston. McCartney would only allow the song to be used if he and his band Wings performed the song. “Live and Let Die” peaked at number two in the United States and number nine in the United Kingdom. It was certified gold by Recording Industry Association of America for sales over one million in 1973.
1) “Maybe I’m Amazed”: "Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm a lonely man who's in the middle of something that he doesn't really understand. Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman who could ever help me. Baby won't you help me understand."
Written by Paul McCartney as the Beatles were on their last legs and headed for a break-up. McCartney wrote the song for his wife Linda, crediting her for getting him through the difficult period. The song was included on Paul McCartney’ first solo album McCartney but it was never released as a solo single. A live version was included on the 1976 album Wings over America. “Maybe I’m Amazed” is considered one of the greatest love songs of all time. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song at number 347 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.