Blackbird singing : poems and lyrics, 1965-1999 / Paul McCartney ; edited by Adrian Mitchell
Book | W.W. Norton | 2001 | 1st American ed.

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1st American ed.
185 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
To actually read Paul McCartney's poems, whether exuberant love ballads or poignant messages of deepest grief, is to revel in the sheer power of language and to appreciate the electrifying confluence of dream and song. Indeed, his words are as pure and magical as we remember them. Here, in his first collection of poems and lyrics, McCartney emerges with a dreamlike yet thoroughly mature voice that confirms his stature as one of the most original and best-loved poets of our time. 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 twentieth-century culture. The poems here demonstrate, against an acknowledgment of the solitariness of existence, an irrepressible belief in the power of words and music "to take a sad song and make it better."--Publisher description.
Playing at Home -- In Liverpool -- Mist the Mind -- Figure of Eight -- Toy Store -- Heart of the Country -- Mull of Kintyre -- When I'm Sixty-Four -- Here Today (Song for John) -- Golden Earth Girl -- Maybe I'm Amazed -- Yesterday -- Yellow Submarine -- Dinner Tickets -- Once Upon a Long Ago -- She Came in through the Bathroom Window -- "Junk" -- Penny Lane -- "Ivan" -- The Long and Winding Road -- The Fool on the Hill -- This Is the Way -- Carry That Weight -- Hey Jude -- Yesterday -- Friends and Enemies -- Let 'Em In -- The Poet of Dumbwoman's Lane -- Day with George -- Fly by Night -- Jerk of All Jerks -- The Note You Never Wrote -- Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me) -- 49th Fearless Sleep -- Masseuse Masseur -- Hot as That -- Little Willow -- The Business -- Band on the Run -- Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll -- Back in the USSR -- Backwards Traveller -- Velvet Wave -- Why Don't We Do It in the Road? -- Helen Wheels -- Monkberry Moon Delight -- Black Vulcan -- Venus and Mars -- Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- The Song We Were Singing -- The World Tonight -- The World Tonight -- Chasing the Cherry -- Was It Really Twenty Years Ago? -- Big Boys Bickering -- City Park -- Moon's a Mandarin -- Trouble Is -- A Billion Bees in the Borage -- Give the Man a Break -- Looking for Changes -- All Together Now -- All the Lonely People -- She's Leaving Home -- Lady Madonna -- 'Soily -- Maxwell's Silver Hammer -- Paperback Writer -- Not On -- Rocky Raccoon -- Lovely Rita -- Tchaico -- Junior's Farm -- Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da -- Wedding Invitation -- Flaming Pie -- Eleanor Rigby -- Standing Stone -- Standing Stone -- Home to Love -- Flying to My Home -- Full Moon's Eve -- A Man with Children -- The Blue Shines Through -- Calico Skies -- Waterfalls -- Pictures in Song -- No Rhyme -- My Love -- Nova -- Anti-Alarm Call -- Call It a Day -- Blessed -- Black Jacket -- Her Spirit -- Meditate -- To Find the Joy -- Irish Language -- Steel -- Rocking On! -- Dawn Star -- She Is ... -- Lost -- To Be Said -- Nova.
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