True, some of the lyrics appear trite on paper--"Heart of the Country" and "Mull of Kintyre" are notable offenders. Even "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" seems naked and frail without the rousing brass section. But McCartney's deeper vulnerability comes to the surface in "Dinner Tickets," a poem about his childhood. And "Standing Stone" recounts a gutsy fable about a man using the power of imagination to fend off the enemy: he erects a standing stone, "a weathered finger to the sky" and learns to be "at peace with peace." "Irish Language" boasts a rare streak of irony as the narrator admires the way "those Irish chappies" swill the language around in their mouths and dribble it through their fingers. The song ends with a beautifully timed punch line: "The Beatles were a bunch of Micks." Blackbird Singing closes with poems dedicated to the author's late wife that are tender, sparse, and startlingly honest. --Cherry Smyth --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
....what is not to like? how did he get to be so mature so young? he has the commodity on good lyrics, and it is a shame that Lennon got credit for a lot of his work.Published 18 months ago by Pernell Fan5755
Paul Mccartney is a wonderful song writer. In this small book he show us that he can also write some new and lovely poetry. I will cherish the lines he shares with us. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Shar
The book arrived in perfect condition on a timely basis. I will definitely order from Amazon again!Published on May 26, 2009 by So many books
Nice collection of McCartney's writings. Some of the works gathered in this anthology are actual poems Paul McCartney wrote with the intention they be read or recited, but this... Read morePublished on May 19, 2006 by Dai-keag-ity
Sir Paul McCartney as musician, songwriter, actor, producer, knight, yes. How about poet as opposed to songwriter? Read morePublished on November 7, 2003 by Daniel J. Hamlow