Paul McCartney reveals that his list of Unheard Songs is “too long”
With a career that spans more than 63 years, Paul McCartney has released hits after hits. First, he did so as part of the Beatles, and now he’s doing it solo. But, you don’t get to achieve greatness without a significant amount of trial and error. And Sir Paul is no different. In fact, he recently revealed that the list of his unheard songs, which are unfinished and unreleased, is “too long”.
In an interview with Uncut back in September, Sir Paul talked about his backlog of releases. He admits that although technology has made it easier for him to record song ideas, it comes with its own perils. He said:
The problem with iPhones is that you can [record] an idea … and you think, ‘That’s good, I’ll finish this later’. Then you realize you’ve got 2,000 of these ideas on your phone! ‘Oh, God! Am I ever going to get round to them?’.
The Coronavirus lockdown did give Paul McCartney to “get round to a lot of them”. With his upcoming album McCartney III, Sir Paul said that there is “a list of songs that I started but didn’t actually finish or release”. But, when the interviewer asked him how long his list of unheard songs was, Sir Paul replied:
Too long! It’s songs I’ve written on holiday, songs from before COVID where I was in the studio, right after Egypt Station, but I didn’t need to come up with an album … and also songs I liked that got sidelined.
How John Lennon still influences Paul McCartney’s songwriting to this day
revealed that he often stumbles upon songs, trying to make the lyrics work. However, it doesn’t always end with success:
I’m working on one at the moment that was going one way, but I didn’t like the lyric. ‘No, this is not happening, mate’.
Paul McCartney further revealed that to this day, John Lennon influences his songwriting. He often thinks while writing what his former Beatle band member would say, saying:
This would have been the point where John and I would have said, ‘You know what? Let’s have a cup of tea and try and rethink this. We collaborated for so long, I think, ‘Okay, what would he think of this? What would he say now?’. We’d both agree that this new song I’m talking about is going nowhere. So instead of sitting around, we’d destroy it and remake it. I started that process yesterday in the studio. I took the vocal off it and decided to write a new vocal, I think it’s heading in a better direction now.
This shows the kind of bond Paul McCartney and John Lennon had. Even 40 years after his death, his memories and influence live on to this day among his closest friends. And none of them were closer than Paul McCartney.