Saturday, August 15, 2009

Paul McCartney - Paul's Best Quotes‏

Paul McCartney has been one of the foremost musicians in the world for the better part of four decades. He's widely considered to be the most successful songwriter in the history of popular music, and is still going strong today, touring the globe and speaking out for his various causes.

While most people get Paul McCartney tickets online for the man's music, there is a lot to love about his philosophy as well. Here are a few of the best quotes attributed to Paul McCartney, according to

"Love is all you need." John Lennon usually gets more credit for this quote, but the song that it comes from, "All You Need Is Love," from Magical Mystery Tour, is credited officially to Lennon/McCartney. It's quite possible Paul penned the phrase. At any rate, "love is all you need" is simple, straight forward, completely certain.

The words have a gentle comfort to them, especially when you hear the Beatles sing them, as though there might be a lot of garbage and distractions out there in the world, other life necessities like food, clothing, shelter, water, health, but overall love can encompass and topple those things in importance. Is it true? Of course not. But highlighting love as a paramount virtue is really the important thing here.

"In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." - From the song "The End" off the Abbey Road album, this couplet is credited solely to Paul McCartney. Similar sentiments have been phrased in tighter curtness (You get out what you put in, for example), but Paul made it more poetic and hippyish.

The use of the words "take" and "make" is significant, not just because they rhyme, but because they have their own set of implications. It seems to suggest that one goes through life either taking or making love, either being selfish or selfless, which is not how most people would classify actions. Do some people take more love than they make? Do some people make more love than they take?

"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'" - This quote is a good example of Paul McCartney blowing the lid off some of the Beatles nostalgia that has given the band a kind of elevated, glorified presence in pop culture. The Beatles were human, after all, and they had their vices, their pettiness and, yes, even greed.

They were thinking about the money as they were writing their songs, knowing that they were good, knowing that with each new single they'd get another huge sum of cash which could buy possessions. Of course, the Beatles went trough their phases, and this statement sound a long way off John Lennon's "Imagine" ("Imagine no possessions/ I wonder if you can/ No need for greed or hunger/ A brotherhood of man/ Imagine all the people/ Sharing all the world/"). Of course, John Lennon and the Beatles had gone their separate ways when Lennon wrote "Imagine."

This article was written by Brent Warnken and sponsored by StubHub sells, as well as many other kinds of sports tickets, concert tickets, special events tickets and theatre tickets.

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