In an interview in MOJO #299 just that hit the streets Aug. 21 in the UK, Paul McCartney discusses his new Egypt Station album that's coming out Sept. 7. He said he had two choices when deciding how to go about the album – making an album of hits or making what he called an “album album.” “More like a concept, to set your brain to,” he describes the new disc to writer Keith Cameron. “Any kind of song doesn't need to be a hit, something you just feel that may or may not be commercial. So I selected the songs I liked best from what I had and we worked on them with this rogue idea at the back of my mind that it was gonna be an entity. There was gonna be one-ness to it.”
The name came from a painting he'd done previously. “I like those words,' I thought. Then I saw a picture of the painting and thought, 'That could be an interesting album cover.'”
One of the first songs released ahead of the album was “I Don't Know,” which was very introspective. “That's a grown-up song,” he said in explaining it. “Sometimes in your life, you're not a god on Olympus. You're a real person walking around the streets. I'm a grandfather, a father, a husband, and in that package, there's no guarantee that every minute's gonna go right. In fact, quite the opposite. And there was a private occasion that brought me down,' he said, then cited a lyric from the song, 'God, what am I doing wrong?' “I'm not knocking it. I have a great life. But from time to time, reality intrudes.”
Another song he says is revealing is “Happy With You.” “It's candid. I did use to get stoned, and wasted,” citing a line from the song. “I did use to get a little more crazy than I do now.”
In the lengthy interview, he also reveals the song on the album about Donald Trump is “Despite Repeated Warnings.” “Trump is in there,” he says, though he says, "It's more about anyone who would deny climate change.”
On the inevitable question of retirement, he admits it has crossed his mind. “I mean, I had those thoughts at 65.” But when the interviewer mentions that the Rolling Stones also are still performing, he says, “I'm giving them the confidence to go out there. They're looking at Macca and saying, 'If he can still do it …' We've all realized we love playing. And we happen to be good at it.”
The magazine, which contains photos by McCartney's daughter Mary, can be ordered here.