A while back there was a "worse lyrics" thread here that gathered many replies with examples. I personally had no problem with the subject. A a huge McCartney fan, I'm generally more of a melody, music guy first and that is why I love so many Macca songs. Some of Paul's "daft" lyrics don't bother me if I like the melody, beat, vocal, instrumentation etc. of the song. A perfect example is "The Other Me". I like the song a lot in general so the "dustbin lid" line doesn't ruin the song for me at all. Generally, I don't get "too serious" with the lyrics.
One reason that Mr. McCartney is so prolific is that he writes many songs where he seemingly takes words out of the thin air that just fit well with the music he is creating. A good example is "The World Tonight" from Flaming Pie. Paul describes the song as just "gathering thoughts". Other examples would be great songs like Jet or 1985 from Band on the Run. Listeners have little idea of what the song is about but it is still very enjoyable to listen or sing. That is generally what the "Pop Genre" is all about and Paul is one of the greatest in Pop over the last 50 plus years.
Conversely, Paul's Catalog is also filled with beautiful melodies coupled with great "meaningful" lyrics. Many of these songs could be categorized in the ACOUSTIC GENRE. The lyrics seem to match the melody perfectly but this time you know what what he means. Many of his greatest songs occurred when he was able to accomplish this feat on the guitar. Think of songs like Yesterday or Here There and Everywhere. They can also be piano based songs (think Let It Be or Hey Jude).
With this thought in mind, I thought I would start a thread where the lyrics to a McCartney song are not only good to great but they really got to you. You can respond in different ways:
*just list the song
*take a few of your favorite lines from the song
*put down the entire song's lyrics
A great reference is this Website. Just go to the main page's Music Tab at the top and go to songs. That will give you complete lyrics to many Paul songs.
My first example song is:
PUT IT THERE (Flowers in the Dirt)
One of my all time favorite Paul songs. While it is a Father/Son song, it can just as easily be interpreted as a Father/Daughter song or a Mother to son or daughter song. The obvious main point of the song is that the parent is telling their child (or grown son/daughter) that they can come to them no matter how heavy their problem is. The parent is saying that they are always there to "help" them. Such a simple but great song.
Give me your hand, I'd like to shake it
I want to show you I'm your friend
You'll understand if I can make it clear
It's all that matters in the end
Put it There if it weighs a ton
That's what a father said to his young son
I don't care if it weighs a ton
As Long as you and I are here, put it there
If There's a fight, I'd like to fix it
I hate to see things go so wrong
The Darkest Night and all it its mixed emotion
Is getting Lighter sing along
PLEASE ADD A SONG THAT YOU LOVE BECAUSE THE LYRICS ARE JUST AS GOOD AS THE MELODY. THANKS