Paul McCartney has been an active musician for more than 63 years! Let that sink in, 63 years. In that time, he has written and sang more than hundreds of songs, both as part of the Beatles and in his solo career. That is mind-boggling! Now, many of his super fans might remember the lyrics to his famous Beatles songs, but the one who actually wrote those songs seems to have forgotten them. Sir Paul revealed that he uses a teleprompter to remember the lyrics of old Beatles songs.
Paul McCartney can no longer remember the lyrics of his old Beatles songs
In a recent interview on the SmartLess podcast, Sir Paul explained how it can be difficult for him to sometimes remember the lyrics to songs that he wrote almost 54 years ago! Writing so many songs in such a long and illustrious career can cloud your memory sometimes. To deal with that, he now has to use a teleprompter to remember these old and iconic songs. Sir Paul said:
Sometimes I’ll be doing a song, like Eleanor Rigby [released in 1966] or something, and I’m on autopilot. And I’m starting to think, ‘Oh, what am I gonna have for dinner? Maybe you won’t have the soup but maybe you’ll just go for the main course’. Then I go, ‘Stop!’ because I’m singing Eleanor Rigby! I’ve separated myself not only from Paul and fame, but a couple of bits in my head are going in different places. Sometimes that breaks down and I forget the song. I have a teleprompter.
Moreover, Paul McCartney also admits that he had to “relearn” a lot of his Beatles catalog, a lot of which was written more than half a century ago! While talking to the Mirror, Sir Paul said:
We go in rehearsal and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s how it goes’. Some of the old songs you say, ‘Oh, that’s clever, I wouldn’t have done that’. It’s exciting to think that still works. We were a little rock and roll group from Liverpool, it just kept going.
Some new albums are coming!
The best part is that even at 78, Paul McCartney is still going strong! After releasing Egypt Station in 2018, he is releasing another album this year, labelled McCartney III. In a recent press release, his agents explained how he had no intension initially to release an album this year, saying:
… In the isolation of ‘Rockdown’ he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become ‘McCartney III’: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s ‘McCartney’ and 1980’s ‘McCartney II’.
We hope Paul McCartney continues to give us more incredible music for many more years to come!