Paul McCartney breaks down the most famous songs he's written

News 13/09/2018

Paul McCartney has opened up about his 60-year long songwriting history to GQ magazine in a special 30-minute feature.

The former Beatle, who is this month's GQ Magazine's cover star, talked about some of his best and most significant works, from the origin of the bizarre swirling interlude in 'A Day in the Life', to the accidental controversy in his marketing of 'Hey Jude'.

“On the [Apple Boutique] shop window we put ‘HEY JUDE’ so that people going by on the buses would see, ‘What’s that?’ You know, intriguing,” he explained to GQ.

“I got this furious phone call from this guy who was Jewish and he said, ‘What are you doing? How dare you do this, hey Jude. Because in Hitler’s day, the Nazi thing, ‘Juden Raus’ meant ‘Jews out’."

"I didn’t connect. I heard the name first in one of the musicals. I liked the name. He rings me up and he says, “you’re doing this and you’re making fun of the Jews”.

"I said, “no wait a minute’. He said ‘I am going to send my son around to beat you up’. I said ‘hey baby, nothing to do with that’.

"I was suddenly alerted that it would have caused him a lot of problems because his family would have experienced that. I calmed him down and his son didn’t come around to beat me up."

Watch the full 30-minute feature from GQ, including more breakdowns of his most popular songs, in the video above.