New Paul McCartney single is called "Ever Present Past"...

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  1. jpmosu

    jpmosu a.k.a. Mr. Jones

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    Even though the McCartney II comparisons have been made, I can't believe that lightning would strike twice. Paul seems to be on too much of a roll to go that direction again.
     
  2. maccafan

    maccafan Senior Member

    Let's seriously hope so!
     
  3. Claudio Dirani

    Claudio Dirani A Fly On Apple's Wall

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    If you get Tomorrow Never knows, this is a track so much ahead of its time. As you can see, I'm not a 60's lad and it took me years to go for it. The same for McII. I started liking it years after I listened to it for the first time.

    I believe that TKN was "electronic" shock for most Beatles fans accostumed to In My Life and Michelle on RS. I truly doubt they fell in love for the song immediately.

    As for today, Ever Present Past seems to have only the "feel" of some elements used on Mc II. As Paul is not an "effects" man, at least through most of his solo imput, people think it's kind of weird.

    Anway, I have missed this unusual side of Macca and highly welcome the choice for a song like this as a single. It certainly is not a new Say, Say Say.
     
  4. maccafan

    maccafan Senior Member

    I had absolutely no problem with Say, Say, Say, loved the lyrics, the vocals, and the musicianship. What I don't want is another From A Lover To A Friend or another Temporary Secretary.
     
  5. Claudio Dirani

    Claudio Dirani A Fly On Apple's Wall

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    Neither I, I'm a 80's kid!
    I just meant that it wasn't something "pop to the core" like SSS.
    Now I like the ones you dismissed...only think FALTAF could have a string arrangement and some editing.
     
  6. zipzorp

    zipzorp Senior Member

    Location:
    hollywood
    Ever Present Past (McCartney)

    Verse One:

    I've got too much on my plate
    Don't have no time to be a decent lover
    I hope it isn't too late
    Searching for the time that has gone so fast
    The time that I thought would last
    My Ever Present Past

    Verse Two:

    I've got too much on my mind
    I think of everything to be discovered
    I hope there's something to find
    Searching for the time that has gone so fast
    The time that I thought would last
    My Ever Present Past

    Chorus:

    The things I think I did
    I do, I think I did
    The things I think I did
    When I was a kid, when I was a kid

    Middle:

    I couldn't understand a word that they were saying
    But still I hung around and took it all in
    I wouldn't join in with the games that they were playing
    It went by, it went by, in a flash
    It flew by, it flew by, in a flash

    Short guitar solo

    Verse Three:

    There's far too much on my plate
    Don't have no time to be a decent lover
    I hope it's never too late
    Searching for the time that has gone so fast
    The time that I thought would last
    My Ever Present Past

    Double Chorus

    End
     
  7. monkberry1971

    monkberry1971 New Member

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    New York
    ooh....I like it so far!
     
  8. stevemoss

    stevemoss Forum Resident


    Very interesting - thanks, Zipzorp! Definitely a meditation on aging (and running out of time). I'm looking forward to this.
     
  9. Claudio Dirani

    Claudio Dirani A Fly On Apple's Wall

    Location:
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    Heck, want to listen to it right now!
    The word "please" would help? ;-)
     
  10. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    Enough of the "MAC II" dissin'. It's fairly clear that some people LOVE it, and some HATE it.
    Here's to our sweet anticipation.
     
  11. rstamberg

    rstamberg Senior Member

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    Wow, I feel completely opposite ... I love those last two and never liked "Say, Say, Say."
     
  12. rburly

    rburly Sitting comfortably with Item 9

    Location:
    Orlando
    The SH website was in the news here in Orlando on a talk radio station this morning. During the news break, one of the stories was about the release of the single by Macca.

    It was reported as being "first reported on the Steve Hoffman website along with the lyrics". They mentioned the site a couple times specifically. So anyone searching for the Steve Hoffman website will be coming here, I'm sure!

    Good job guys!
     
  13. jpmosu

    jpmosu a.k.a. Mr. Jones

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    "Don't have no time to be a decent lover"--this line kinda makes me cringe, but then again, no reasonable person ever loved Paul for his lyric-writing.

    And I know, "Eleanor Rigby" is a fine lyric--it's just the other 476 songs that I love for the music. ;)
     
  14. BeatleJWOL

    BeatleJWOL Senior Member

    Why, fires up your inner Grammar Nazi? :p Rock'n'roll ain't about no proper grammar, mang. :D
     
  15. Claudio Dirani

    Claudio Dirani A Fly On Apple's Wall

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    hehe, I've seen this kind of construction that way in other rock songs.
     
  16. jpmosu

    jpmosu a.k.a. Mr. Jones

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    No, no, it's not a grammar thing--it's the idea expressed. Is Paul now a sloppy lover? Only thinking about getting himself off? (You see, I don't like to ponder these things.)
     
  17. cousinvin

    cousinvin New Member

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    Bristol, UK
    Paul is a great lyricist

    I disgaree-

    Yeah, Paul, like all writers, has had a couple clumsy lyrics (the winner: "...and I acted like a dustbin lid" from The Other Me, runner-up "Oklahoma was never like this" from Press).

    On the other hand-- there are a lot of groovy lyrics that don't get a lot of attention:
    The willow turns his back on inclement weather (With a Little Luck)
    I go back so far I'm in front of me (The World Tonight)
    Like a lucifer she'll always shine (Letting Go)
    No one thought to ask her what the letter G stood for/
    But you can be for sure it wasn't GOOD (Sally G.)
    I've been sliding down a slippy slope, I've been climbing up a slowly burning rope (Friends To Go)


    So don't knock Paul too hard in the lyric dept.

    And I LOVE the "decent lover" comment- I see it as sarcasm and take it in the same way as Silly Love Songs-- perhaps this response is to ONE, errrr, critic, as opposed to a group.
     
  18. BeatleJWOL

    BeatleJWOL Senior Member

    Don't forget the "my salamander" bits from 'Getting Closer'. :D
     
  19. JLGB

    JLGB Forum Resident

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    And in the end....:)
     
  20. beatle_giancarlo

    beatle_giancarlo Forum Resident

    ...In years to come we may discover, what the air we breath and the life we live were all about
    ....but it wont be soon enough, soon enough for me.

    Tug of War 1982
     
  21. jpmosu

    jpmosu a.k.a. Mr. Jones

    Location:
    Ohio, USA

    Funny--I almost mentioned "Tug of War" along with "Eleanor Rigby" as strong McCartney lyrics.

    Sure, there are many good individual lines scattered throughout Macca's catalogue, but no soul alive can convince me that, overall, McCartney writes good lyrics. And that's o.k.--when you're as mind-blowingly gifted as a writer of melodies as he is, ya got nothing to apologize for. :)
     
  22. beatle_giancarlo

    beatle_giancarlo Forum Resident

    Flaming Pie (1997)

    Makin' love underneath the bed
    Shooting stars from a purple sky
    I don't care how I do it.
    I'm the man on the flaming pie
    Stick my tongue out and lick my nose
    Tuck my shirt in and zip my fly
    Go ahead, have a vision.
    I'm the man on the flaming pie

    Everything I do has a simple explanation.
    When I'm with you, you could do with a vacation
    I took my brains out and stretched 'em on a rack
    Now I'm not so sure I'm ever gonna get 'em back

    Cut my toes off to spite my feet.
    I don't know whether to laugh or cry
    Never mind, check my rhythm.
    I'm the man on the flaming pie

    I'm the man on the flaming pie
    Now everything I do has a simple explanation
    When I'm with you, you could do with a vacation.
    I took my brains out and stretched 'em on the rack.
    Now I'm not so sure I'm ever gonna get 'em back

    1997 - Paul McCartney wins the prestigious Q Magazine award as Songwriter of the Year for Flaming Pie.
     
  23. Claudio Dirani

    Claudio Dirani A Fly On Apple's Wall

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    I've always liked this Tug of War line. It won't be soon enough, he was right.
     
  24. markytheM

    markytheM Forum Resident

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    Toledo Ohio USA
    YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH SSHGGOFFFINGAAWWWFFINMMYYMMINDDANDZOOOSOFFANDEMBREAK'em-

    Mumbo-Paul McCartney-1972

    Freakin' GENIUS!:thumbsup:


    Paul is one of my favorite lyricists ever. You know you like him too.:agree:
     
  25. Claudio Dirani

    Claudio Dirani A Fly On Apple's Wall

    Location:
    São Paulo, Brazil

    Call it a real primal scream...
     
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