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Blackbird Singing : Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999 Hardcover – April 17, 2001
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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
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Paul's music is also good for a rainy day when you can smell the wet dirt, or a foggy morning when your imagination starts to wander. Paul's music is wonderful. I always probably would have said that it's his sense of melody and chord structure that I really like.
But reading Paul's lyrics naked here, without the clothing of the music, I realize that I also really love the playfulness of the words themselves. This is a great book if you're a Beatles fan or a McCartney fan, because it'll make you come to the songs in a new way. You can see how inventive McCartney really is, not just musically, but also lyrically.
He paints with his words in much the same way that he paints with his music: in a colorful way, and when his mind is wandering, there he will go...
Great fun for any fan of music or poetry. If you like this book, you should also check out McCartney's recent book of his paintings. That one's really good, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the writing isn't that strong, but then there are pieces like Eleanor Rigby and Blackbird, which even without music are still some of the most beautiful and moving pieces... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jon DeKalb
....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 on January 9, 2014 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