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What Songs Did Paul Write For Linda? Nancy?

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      Songs Paul wrote for Linda/inspired by Linda:  Mama Miss America, Lovely Linda, Maybe I'm Amazed, Golden Earth Girl, Country Dreamers (?) that goes "You and I, country dreamers," Cook Of The House, My Love, So Bad, seems there are more? No fussin' and fightin' songs such as were inspired by Jane Asher  like "Looking Through You," "We Can Work It Out," "For No One," "Yesterday" "You Won't See Me" ?--because Paul and Linda were happily married. He wrote "Here, There and Everywhere" and "And I Love Her" for Asher. 

      Songs written for Nancy? "My Valentine," "Hosanna," "Happy With You," "Hand in Hand," "Fu You" (?),  "Everybody's Looking At Her" (?),  "Save Us," "New,"--more? "Alligator" (?) "I Can Bet" (?), "Scared" and "Road" in a way, seems to mention their road trip out West, also "Highway" does from "Electric Arguments" and a few more from "EA"seem written for her--"Lovers In a Dream," "Lifelong Passion," "Is This Love?"-- and "Dance Till We're High" (?) which seems  tinged with melancholy. It isn't "young love" all giddy just starting out to a long lifetime ahead.

      For Heather Mills: "See Your Sunshine" (?), "Your Eternal Flame," "Heather,"  I think "Riding To Vanity Fair" is; "Friends To Go," and a couple more on "Chaos and Creation In the Backyard" are, that real mushy one, can't recall its title right now...oh yes, it's "A Certain Softness" I guess that's for her, also "Promise To You Girl" and "This Never Happened Before"(?) and perhaps the sad rather mournful "At the Mercy." Some of the songs on there for her are unhappy while some are happy love songs. Reflecting before and after the split in the relationship, one would think.

        He did not write Yesterday for Jane! If anyone, it was about his mother. He also wrote What You’re Doing about Jane.

        And Fuh You sounds more like to Linda (on the night that I met you I was on the town) He met Nancy during the daytime in a shop in the Hamptons.

          Nancy R wrote:

          He did not write Yesterday for Jane! If anyone, it was about his mother. He also wrote What You’re Doing about Jane.

          And Fuh You sounds more like to Linda (on the night that I met you I was on the town) He met Nancy during the daytime in a shop in the Hamptons.

          I thought Paul and Linda had already known Nancy and her first husband. Or maybe it was that Nancy knew Linda, and Paul didn't really meet Shevell until that day in the Hamptons shop.

          Maybe "Yesterday" was for both Jane and his mother. A line goes "love was such an easy game to play" (it was "yesterday") which seems to refer to a love affair, doesn't it.

          Yes, now that you mention it I too sort of had the impression "Fuh You" might be about Linda.

            SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

            Nancy R wrote:

            He did not write Yesterday for Jane! If anyone, it was about his mother. He also wrote What You’re Doing about Jane.

            And Fuh You sounds more like to Linda (on the night that I met you I was on the town) He met Nancy during the daytime in a shop in the Hamptons.

            I thought Paul and Linda had already known Nancy and her first husband. Or maybe it was that Nancy knew Linda, and Paul didn't really meet Shevell until that day in the Hamptons shop.

            Nancy knew Linda. I had heard that perhaps the 2 couples had been at the same parties in the Hamptons, though.

            Yesterday definitely had nothing to do with Jane. 

              "Every Night" on "McCartney was composed for Linda. "Arrow Through Me" on "Back to the Egg" was perhaps an "argument" type fussin' and fightin' song about Linda, they'd had a verbal spat, and "The Other Me" suggests he felt guilty for not being all that nice to Linda during some sort of verbal tiff, he was in a bad mood or something. 

              "You Tell Me" on "Memory Almost Full" seems an ambiguous understated love song with poetic lyrics perhaps directed to Mills. 

                He wrote the very smooth pleasing "Lindiana" for Linda.

                  "The Night Before" was probably inspired by his redhead...or his most well-known redhead, anyway. Asher. Another "fight song" albeit one that sounds warm, infectious, exuberantely charming, and fond of its subject.

                    I'm Looking Through You is a vicious attack on Jane. One of the best songs by Paul. 

                      joeysmith2 wrote:

                      I'm Looking Through You is a vicious attack on Jane. One of the best songs by Paul. 

                      Is it actually "vicious"?  That's a strong term. I'll have to look up the lyrics, see what I think.

                        SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                        joeysmith2 wrote:

                        I'm Looking Through You is a vicious attack on Jane. One of the best songs by Paul. 

                        Is it actually "vicious"?  That's a strong term. I'll have to look up the lyrics, see what I think.

                        Pretty vicious:

                        https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beatles/imlookingthroughyou.html

                          "She's a Woman" and "Woman"-- inspired by Asher? And/or his affinity for females in general? He's always appreciated us, LOL, which is a plus on his part. I'm going to try to view my VHS tape of Jean Luc Godard's "A Woman Is a Woman," hope it works. A VHS player is built into one of my small portable T.V.s (laughs). Real retro. It might work 'cause I never used that t.v. much.

                            As jealous as I am of Jane Asher (laughs uneasily), I must admit in interviews I've read with her, she comes across as brilliant. Quite interesting, and witty.   That novel I read by her wasn't, though (ouch!) ...Maybe I shouldn't be all that jealous, as many he wrote for Jane  involve fighting, verbal (not electric!) arguments.  He hasn't written all that many for his present ball and chain (just kidding with that slang term), but he was more prolific  back then, I guess. (?)  He didn't compose all that many for Mills.  Or even as many for Linda, as he did Asher. Maybe I'm wrong.  I need to pore over his entire body of work more closely.

                              SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                              As jealous as I am of Jane Asher (laughs uneasily), I must admit in interviews I've read with her, she comes across as brilliant. Quite interesting, and witty.   That novel I read by her wasn't, though (ouch!) ...Maybe I shouldn't be all that jealous, as many he wrote for Jane  involve fighting, verbal (not electric!) arguments.  He hasn't written all that many for his present ball and chain (just kidding with that slang term), but he was more prolific  back then, I guess. (?)  He didn't compose all that many for Mills.  Or even as many for Linda, as he did Asher. Maybe I'm wrong.  I need to pore over his entire body of work more closely.

                              In no way should you or any woman be jealous of Jane Asher for her relationship with Paul! (Unless you’re a masochist!) Would you have liked being cheated on constantly and had all those derogatory songs written about your arguments with him? Just listen to the lyrics of What You’re Doing, I’m Looking Through You, You Won’t See Me, We Can Work It Out, Wait, or For No One. She wanted her career as an actress on the stage and she told Maureen that Paul just wanted her to stay home and have babies. Even the love song he wrote for her (Here, There and Everywhere) has qualifiers in it - “I need my love to be HERE” and “As long as she’s beside me, I know I need never care.” He might not have written a ton of love songs for Linda, who really was his soulmate, but the ones he did (Maybe I’m Amazed, My Love, Calico Skies, for example) are magnificent!

                                SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                                "The Night Before" was probably inspired by his redhead...or his most well-known redhead, anyway. Asher. Another "fight song" albeit one that sounds warm, infectious, exuberantely charming, and fond of its subject.

                                I think you need to revisit the lyrics! Rather passive-aggressive imho.

                                https://genius.com/The-beatles-the-night-before-lyrics

                                  "Get Started" for Lady Long Tall Sally (?) It has a breezy semi-tropical "Back In Brazil" 60s French New Wave Cinema "A Man and A Woman" type vibe in parts

                                    It just occured to me Paul penned a  moving, sweet remembrance of Maureen Starr, "Little Willow." I wonder if he will ever write a song for Cynthia Lennon. Or Cilla Black, they all appeared to love her so.  She was their longtime Liddypool mate.

                                      Nancy R wrote:

                                      SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                                      As jealous as I am of Jane Asher (laughs uneasily), I must admit in interviews I've read with her, she comes across as brilliant. Quite interesting, and witty.   That novel I read by her wasn't, though (ouch!) ...Maybe I shouldn't be all that jealous, as many he wrote for Jane  involve fighting, verbal (not electric!) arguments.  He hasn't written all that many for his present ball and chain (just kidding with that slang term), but he was more prolific  back then, I guess. (?)  He didn't compose all that many for Mills.  Or even as many for Linda, as he did Asher. Maybe I'm wrong.  I need to pore over his entire body of work more closely.

                                      In no way should you or any woman be jealous of Jane Asher for her relationship with Paul! (Unless you’re a masochist!) Would you have liked being cheated on constantly and had all those derogatory songs written about your arguments with him? Just listen to the lyrics of What You’re Doing, I’m Looking Through You, You Won’t See Me, We Can Work It Out, Wait, or For No One. She wanted her career as an actress on the stage and she told Maureen that Paul just wanted her to stay home and have babies. Even the love song he wrote for her (Here, There and Everywhere) has qualifiers in it - “I need my love to be HERE” and “As long as she’s beside me, I know I need never care.” He might not have written a ton of love songs for Linda, who really was his soulmate, but the ones he did (Maybe I’m Amazed, My Love, Calico Skies, for example) are magnificent!

                                      You're spot on, I shouldn't be jelly of Jane. Not all that much.  "And I Love Her" and "Here, There, and Everywhere" are perhaps his most tender and touching romantic odes for her, and as you eloquently point out there's an implicit demand in the latter that's a tad ominous, for lack of a better term. But then, he didn't seem to appreciate her acting on the stage a tremendous amount ("All I got from it was a sore arse" he once said, about sitting through all those plays!)...yet he did go on about all the artists in various mediums in  London doing their thing and he "must know about it." He must have known all he desired about Asher's play acting and grew restless fidgiting in his seat. Dear boy. She was/is a good actress.  He wasn't really ready to settle down himself, though, at that time.  Linda McCartney impressed me that she didn't seem to get the big head, all conceited and arrogant about the "magnificent" love songs she inspired Paul to produce. Some ladies would have been all puffed up with pride.  She must have been privately at some moments, but didn't parade it around. In concert Linda didn't start beaming real big when he launched into a famous love song for her, as I'd have done, she kept her cool, kept her head. 

                                      "Magic" and "This Never Happened Before," probably inspired by Linda. "Caesar Rock"--Nancy S.

                                        SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                                        Nancy R wrote:
                                        SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                                        As jealous as I am of Jane Asher (laughs uneasily), I must admit in interviews I've read with her, she comes across as brilliant. Quite interesting, and witty.   That novel I read by her wasn't, though (ouch!) ...Maybe I shouldn't be all that jealous, as many he wrote for Jane  involve fighting, verbal (not electric!) arguments.  He hasn't written all that many for his present ball and chain (just kidding with that slang term), but he was more prolific  back then, I guess. (?)  He didn't compose all that many for Mills.  Or even as many for Linda, as he did Asher. Maybe I'm wrong.  I need to pore over his entire body of work more closely.

                                        In no way should you or any woman be jealous of Jane Asher for her relationship with Paul! (Unless you’re a masochist!) Would you have liked being cheated on constantly and had all those derogatory songs written about your arguments with him? Just listen to the lyrics of What You’re Doing, I’m Looking Through You, You Won’t See Me, We Can Work It Out, Wait, or For No One. She wanted her career as an actress on the stage and she told Maureen that Paul just wanted her to stay home and have babies. Even the love song he wrote for her (Here, There and Everywhere) has qualifiers in it - “I need my love to be HERE” and “As long as she’s beside me, I know I need never care.” He might not have written a ton of love songs for Linda, who really was his soulmate, but the ones he did (Maybe I’m Amazed, My Love, Calico Skies, for example) are magnificent!

                                        You're spot on, I shouldn't be jelly of Jane. Not all that much.  "And I Love Her" and "Here, There, and Everywhere" are perhaps his most tender and touching romantic odes for her, and as you eloquently point out there's an implicit demand in the latter that's a tad ominous, for lack of a better term. But then, he didn't seem to appreciate her acting on the stage a tremendous amount ("All I got from it was a sore arse" he once said, about sitting through all those plays!)...yet he did go on about all the artists in various mediums in  London doing their thing and he "must know about it." He must have known all he desired about Asher's play acting and grew restless fidgiting in his seat. Dear boy. She was/is a good actress.  He wasn't really ready to settle down himself, though, at that time.  Linda McCartney impressed me that she didn't seem to get the big head, all conceited and arrogant about the "magnificent" love songs she inspired Paul to produce. Some ladies would have been all puffed up with pride.  She must have been privately at some moments, but didn't parade it around. In concert Linda didn't start beaming real big when he launched into a famous love song for her, as I'd have done, she kept her cool, kept her head. 

                                        "Magic" and "This Never Happened Before," probably inspired by Linda. "Caesar Rock"--Nancy S.

                                        I read an interview in which Paul said he didn’t write And I Love Her for Jane specifically. Seems odd though, that he wouldn’t have her in mind. That also has a qualifying line, “A love like ours will never die, as long as I have you near me.” 😉

                                          Is "Honey Pie" at least in part about Asher? "Yvonne" about dark haired London sixties beauty Alma Cogan? "Her Majesty" really about the Queen of England?

                                            SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                                            Is "Honey Pie" at least in part about Asher? "Yvonne" about dark haired London sixties beauty Alma Cogan? "Her Majesty" really about the Queen of England?

                                            Honey Pie - yes. Jane went on a 5 month tour in the U.S. which ended in April 1967. I believe he was partly thinking of that. 

                                            Yvonne - possibly. See Paul’s lyrics. Alma Cogan died young of cancer.  Read the part about her and John! Also this:

                                            Cogan was close to the other Beatles as well, especially Paul McCartney, who first played the melody of "Yesterday" on her piano; he also played tambourine on her recording of "I Knew Right Away".

                                            https://www.the-paulmccartney-project.com/song/yvonnes-the-one/

                                            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Cogan

                                            Her Majesty - yes

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