Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999

Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999

by Paul McCartney

Hardcover(1 AMER ED)

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"McCartney writes as freely—and often as beautifully—as a blackbird sings....[He] is a genius with the common touch."—Stephen Logan, The Sunday Times [London]

The hardcover publication of Blackbird Singing, the first collection of Paul McCartney's poems and lyrics, was an international cultural event—celebrated in concert halls, at literary festivals, and in newspapers and magazines throughout the world. "While McCartney is of a completely different cast than Bob Dylan, his appeal may be even greater than that of the latter great poet-songwriter," wrote Publishers Weekly; The Guardian hailed McCartney's words as "a remarkable feat of historical imagination." The best-selling Blackbird Singing now includes several new poems and lyrics, including "Freedom," which McCartney performed in New York City at a benefit concert last fall. To actually read McCartney's poems, whether exuberant ballads of love or poignant messages of deepest grief, is to appreciate the electrifying power of the confluence of dream and song. 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 our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393020496
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/17/2001
Edition description: 1 AMER ED
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 989,326
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most admired contemporary poets and songwriters. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

IPlaying at Home
In Liverpool23
Mist the Mind25
Figure of Eight26
Toy Store27
Heart of the Country28
Mull of Kintyre29
When I'm Sixty-Four30
Here Today (Song for John)32
Golden Earth Girl34
Maybe I'm Amazed35
Yellow Submarine39
Dinner Tickets40
Once Upon a Long Ago41
She Came in through the Bathroom Window42
Penny Lane44
The Long and Winding Road47
The Fool on the Hill48
This Is the Way50
Carry That Weight51
Hey Jude52
IIIFriends and Enemies
Let 'Em In57
The Poet of Dumbwoman's Lane58
Day with George59
Fly by Night60
Jerk of All Jerks61
The Note You Never Wrote63
Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)64
49th Fearless Sleep65
Masseuse Masseur66
Hot as That67
Little Willow68
IVThe Business
Band on the Run73
Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll75
Back in the USSR76
Backwards Traveller78
Velvet Wave79
Why Don't We Do It in the Road?80
Helen Wheels81
Monkberry Moon Delight83
Black Vulcan85
Venus and Mars86
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band87
The Song We Were Singing88
VThe World Tonight
The World Tonight91
Chasing the Cherry93
Was It Really Twenty Years Ago?96
Big Boys Bickering97
City Park98
Moon's a Mandarin100
Trouble Is101
A Billion Bees in the Borage102
Give the Man a Break103
Looking for Changes104
All Together Now106
VIAll the Lonely People
She's Leaving Home109
Lady Madonna111
Maxwell's Silver Hammer113
Paperback Writer115
Not On116
Rocky Raccoon118
Lovely Rita120
Junior's Farm122
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da124
Wedding Invitation126
Flaming Pie128
Eleanor Rigby129
VIIStanding Stone
Standing Stone133
VIIIHome to Love
Flying to My Home145
Full Moon's Eve146
A Man with Children147
The Blue Shines Through148
Calico Skies149
Pictures in Song152
No Rhyme153
My Love154
Anti-Alarm Call157
Call It a Day158
Black Jacket160
Her Spirit161
To Find the Joy164
Irish Language165
Rocking On!167
Dawn Star169
She Is...170
To Be Said172
Index of Titles183

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