The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present
celebrates the creativity and musical genius of Paul McCartney through 154 songs.
The Lyrics, created with the talents of the poet, Paul Muldoon, is the official memoirs of Paul McCartney. It presents 154 songs traditionally credited to Paul McCartney with the Beatles, Wings, and through the long solo McCartney career. The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present is the standard memoirs of Paul McCartney (which naturally excludes the forbidden information).
These 154 songs, arranged alphabetically, are presented as if all were written by the same individual. Spanning two volumes, these commentaries give Sir Paul’s ideas of how the songs were written, including some details of Paul’s life, and some discussion about the individuals who inspired some of those songs.
Sharing such ideas, ranging from the historical to the whimsical, strengthens and expands the traditional conservative narrative of how these great songs came to be. While discussing some of his literary influences, such as William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll, he gives details that are not in The Memoirs of Billy Shears when referring to the same individuals.
Handwritten texts, paintings, and carefully selected photographs from McCartney’s personal archives further instill the idea of continuity from the early Paul to Sir Paul today. However cropped, morphed, or otherwise modified to create a seamless transition from the original Paul to the present knighted gentleman in that position, these artifacts are the new standard for the official narrative.
The Lyrics, spanning sixty-four years, shall be Paul’s definitive literary and visual record. It is the new authority of what current and future generations are to believe about Paul McCartney. With the help of these official memoirs of Paul McCartney, the charming lad from Liverpool will be long remembered as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.