“And these songs span my entire life.” Paul McCartney on the 154 songs featured in biography ‘The Lyrics’

August 24, 2021

Paul McCartney’s career-spanning biography, ‘The Lyrics’ is being released in November and will feature 154 of his songs!

The book is being released on November 2 and, as you might expect, will tell the story of his life through his earliest songs, into songs by The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

You’ll also see previously unseen drafts, letters and pictures.

McCartney writes: “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.

McCartney adds, “I hope that what I’ve written will show people something about my songs and my life which they haven’t seen before. I’ve tried to say something about how the music happens and what it means to me and I hope what it may mean to others too.”

Here are the songs featured in the book!

Volume 1

‘All My Loving’
‘And I Love Her’
‘Another Day’
‘Arrow Through Me’
‘Average Person’

‘Back In The U.S.S.R’
‘Band On The Run’

‘Café On The Left Bank’
‘Calico Skies’
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
‘Carry That Weight’
‘Check My Machine’
‘Come And Get It’
‘Coming Up’
‘Cook Of The House’
‘Country Dreamer’

‘A Day In The Life’
‘Dear Friend’
‘Despite Repeated Warnings’
‘Do It Now’
‘Dress Me Up As A Robber’
‘Drive My Car’

‘Eat At Home’
‘Ebony And Ivory’
‘Eight Days A Week’
‘Eleanor Rigby’
‘The End’

‘Fixing A Hole’
‘The Fool On The Hill’
‘For No One’
‘From Me To You’

‘Get Back’
‘Getting Closer’
‘Ghosts Of The Past Left Behind’
‘Girls’ School’
‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’
‘Golden Earth Girl’
‘Golden Slumbers’
‘Good Day Sunshine’
‘Got To Get You Into My Life’
‘Great Day’

‘A Hard Day’s Night’
‘Helen Wheels’
‘Helter Skelter’
‘Her Majesty’
‘Here, There And Everywhere’
‘Here Today’
‘Hey Jude’
‘Hi, Hi, Hi’
‘Honey Pie’
‘Hope Of Deliverance’
‘House Of Wax’

‘I Don’t Know’
‘I Lost My Little Girl’
‘I Saw Her Standing There’
‘I Wanna Be Your Man’
‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’
‘I Will’
‘I’ll Follow The Sun’
‘I’ll Get You’
‘I’m Carrying’
‘I’m Down’
‘In Spite Of All The Danger’
‘I’ve Got A Feeling’

‘Jenny Wren’
‘Junior’s Farm’

‘The Kiss of Venus’

‘Lady Madonna’
‘Let Em In’
‘Let It Be’
‘Let Me Roll It’
‘Live And Let Die’
‘London Town’
‘The Long And Winding Road’
‘Love Me Do’
‘Lovely Rita’

Volume 2

‘Magneto And Titanium Man’
‘Martha My Dear’
‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’
‘Maybe I’m Amazed’
‘Mother Nature’s Son’
‘Mrs Vanderbilt’
‘Mull Of Kintyre’
‘My Love’
‘My Valentine’

‘Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five’
‘No More Lonely Nights’
‘The Note You Never Wrote’
‘Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight’

‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’
‘Oh Woman, Oh Why’
‘Old Siam, Sir’
‘On My Way To Work’
‘Once Upon A Long Ago’
‘Only Mama Knows’
‘The Other Me’

‘Paperback Writer’
‘Penny Lane’
‘Picasso’s Last Words’
‘Pipes Of Peace’
‘Please Please Me’
‘Pretty Boys’
‘Pretty Little Head’
‘Put It There’

‘Rocky Raccoon’

‘San Ferry Anne’
‘Say Say Say’
‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’
‘She Loves You’
‘She’s A Woman’
‘She’s Given Up Talking’
‘She’s Leaving Home’
‘Silly Love Songs’
‘Simple As That’
‘Single Pigeon’
‘Spirits Of Ancient Egypt’

‘Teddy Boy’
‘Tell Me Who He Is’
‘Temporary Secretary’
‘Things We Said Today’
‘Ticket To Ride’
‘Too Many People’
‘Too Much Rain’
‘Tug Of War’
‘Two Of Us’

‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’

‘Venus And Mars’

‘Warm And Beautiful’
‘We All Stand Together’
‘We Can Work It Out’
‘We Got Married’
‘When I’m Sixty-Four’
‘When Winter Comes’
‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?’
‘With A Little Help From My Friends’
‘Women And Wives’
‘The World Tonight’
‘The World You’re Coming Into’

‘Yellow Submarine’
‘You Never Give Me Your Money’
‘You Tell Me’
‘Your Mother Should Know’

If McCartney isn’t the best songwriter of our lifetime, who is?


Written by Todd Hancock

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