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Questions you'd ask Paul if you could interview him
4 September 2013
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I would want to talk about the songs he doesn't remember how to play. I'm interested to see if he forgets how to play any "huge hits" from the Beatles, Wings and Solo. I'm sure he forgets a lot.

My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.
4 September 2013
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He was in the bath with his Admiral Halsey hat on, playing with his Yellow Submarine. blue-meanie

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4 September 2013
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Funny Paper said
He was in the bath with his Admiral Halsey hat on, playing with his Yellow Submarine. blue-meanie

That's it Funny Paper, you've officially just killed the fantasy!!!!! paul-mccartney

4 September 2013
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Funny Paper said
cbatcu, interesting questions about his "peppiness".  I'd like to get his honest reaction to that.  A lot of that has to do with a certain cultural thing about the working class in places like Liverpool and London, the old "cheer up, luv, it can't be all that bad now" attitude. That, of course, didn't stop the likes of a Lennon from sinking into the abyss of despair now and then.  I just think Paul lacks the "depression" gene: he's simply incapable of darkness.  And is that all bad?  Well, it may mean he can never tap into a certain type of music-making, like John could.  But on the other hand, he's happier.

I think Paul's depressive tendencies aren't as strong as John's (and/or he has better coping methods), and he's certainly better at hiding them (he's an internalizer; John not so much), but they're definitely there, IMO. His reaction to his mother's death, his breakdown during the breakup, and his longterm depression after Linda's death all indicate it. Of course, it's natural to be sad or even depressed after a loss, but these instances seem to have gone beyond the norm. And despite conventional wisdom, there is plenty of darkness in the McCartney catalogue. My guess is that one reason Paul is so determinedly UP is that he knows how low he can sink if he lets himself.

4 September 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8  True, Acmac!  It's not really an answer!!  I just couldn't help myself! a-hard-days-night-george-10

I have to think about this more seriously.  I have always thought I would be speechless if I ever met Paul, so I have never really thought of what I would actually "ask" him. 

 

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

4 September 2013
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See, this is why I love Paul. He often gets criticised and called false for being upbeat and cheery but that's just his nature. He's not a tortured artist, he has had more than his fair share of tragedies and has likely been down many a time but he doesn't show this in public. He says himself he finds it hard sometimes to show his true feelings in public. He has that professional attitude, no matter what's going on in his life he doesn't want to let down his public. He also, quite simply, just has good manners and is pleasant and polite to those he comes into contact with. Is this a bad thing? I love John as he wore his heart on his sleeve (not in the early years but certainly after he met Yoko) I'm more prone to dwell on things and get depressed and tortured about stuff but I wish I was more like Paul! 

5 September 2013
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Oh, Hanna. You're a Paul girl too. I guess we really shouldn't devolve into a discussion of polygamy with fabforumemily, mccartneyalarm, and AppleScruffJunior. Well, but, you know Paul has enough energy to spread around. Seriously though, I did like your point about him having good manners.

acmac I like your thinking : "Paul is so determinedly UP is that he knows how low he can sink if he lets himself."

Are there any of his songs that he wishes he could erase like they never happened?

I'll slip in a "John" question: Does Paul feel like he should have done more, found the right words to say, to help his very good friend cope with his demons better? Many of you have done a lot more reading about the Beatles than I have. So if he has talked about this before, please enlighten me.

The range of resilience found among humans amazes me. Some people can endure so much and be cheerful while others who endure the same trials and hardships crash and burn. Nature and nurture.

 

5 September 2013
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Paul did say that he and John got drunk once and had a little cry about their Mums. He even sings about it in his tribute song to John, Here Today ("what about the night we cried. Because there wasn't any reason left to keep it all inside") I think John drew some comfort from Paul just knowing he had gone through the loss of a parent too and understood how he felt. He didn't have to pretend with Paul.

5 September 2013
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Good thoughts, Hanna. If they could have remained close, John might have had more of a chance to heal. Who knows?

Boxers or briefs? Or...ladies...wait for it...here it comes...what if he answered "neither" with a twinkle in his eyes?

What's up with the Hitchcock bird thing? Birds are all over Paul's music: blackbird, loon, cardinal, hummingbird, jenny wren, magpies, pidgeon. That's just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Speaking of good manners, of course I would ask "Would you like a cup of tea?" or "Can I buy you a drink?" or "dinner? "Yes, those questions would come with the ulterior motive of prolonging my time with him.

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5 September 2013
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Fabulous (and fun) discussion here! Now I am tempted to send Nancy a fur coat AND a cheeseburger just to hurry along the divorce! I am still salivating over the boxers or briefs question....I bet he wears boxers. (At least it is not Depends!) Do you all think he doesn't smoke pot now cuz of Beatrice? I guess I just assumed he did...at least when he doesn't have her around.I would ask him what his favorite cocktail is (so I could ply him with it). Do you think he drinks liquor, beer, or wine? Finally, I'd ask him the most important question, "do you mind if I kiss you?"

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

5 September 2013
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Can I get a loan of few million, please?

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5 September 2013
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Will you go back to smoking weed when Beatrice turns 18?

 

HA!  That is a great question!! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

5 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Can I get a loan of few million, please?

Thought about that one, but I'd never be able to repay. My financial savvy isn't what his is. He is a good business man.

HeyTrud said

Will you go back to smoking weed when Beatrice turns 18?

HA!  That is a great question!! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

 

Someone, I think on this forum, mentioned that giving up pot may have been part of the divorce/joint-custody settlement with HM. He might get drug tested to see if he is in compliance.

mccartneyalarm said
Now I am tempted to send Nancy a fur coat AND a cheeseburger just to hurry along the divorce! I am still salivating over the boxers or briefs question....I bet he wears boxers. (At least it is not Depends!) Do you all think he doesn't smoke pot now cuz of Beatrice? I guess I just assumed he did...at least when he doesn't have her around.I would ask him what his favorite cocktail is (so I could ply him with it). Do you think he drinks liquor, beer, or wine? Finally, I'd ask him the most important question, "do you mind if I kiss you?"

Ack! Must get the picture of Paul in Depends out of my head. ACK! ACK! ACK!

BTW, I won't stop you from sending the burger and coat. I'll throw in $100 to make it happen.

I think he drinks all 3. He's a well-rounded person you know. If he gets wasted enough, you wouldn't have to ask him...I think his very robust libido would take over and get him to do things Nancy would regret.

5 September 2013
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cbatcu said
Someone, I think on this forum, mentioned that giving up pot may have been part of the divorce/joint-custody settlement with HM. He might get drug tested to see if he is in compliance.

I think that's a good theory. He had reportedly cut back a lot anyway during the marriage to Mills, who was militantly anti-drug. I would hope too that at least part of his motivation was internal; that his chemistry was changing with age anyway and/or he no longer felt such a need to self-medicate in that way.

5 September 2013
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cbatcu said
Good thoughts, Hanna. If they could have remained close, John might have had more of a chance to heal. Who knows?

Boxers or briefs? Or...ladies...wait for it...here it comes...what if he answered "neither" with a twinkle in his eyes?

What's up with the Hitchcock bird thing? Birds are all over Paul's music: blackbird, loon, cardinal, hummingbird, jenny wren, magpies, pidgeon. That's just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Speaking of good manners, of course I would ask "Would you like a cup of tea?" or "Can I buy you a drink?" or "dinner? "Yes, those questions would come with the ulterior motive of prolonging my time with him.

Will you go back to smoking weed when Beatrice turns 18?

You lot are killing me! Is it wrong that we're fantasizing over a 71 year old man? 

Sorry to keep derailing, back on topic. Stupid question, but I'd want to know how does it feel to be Paul McCartney? Does he wake up every day thinking about how fabulous he is, or does he still feel like a regular man? 

5 September 2013
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cbatcu said

meanmistermustard said
Can I get a loan of few million, please?

Thought about that one, but I'd never be able to repay. My financial savvy isn't what his is. He is a good business man.

 

I was hoping not having to pay it back as Paul had so much cash. One of those loans, like when people ask to borrow a cup of sugar or 10p.

 

How on earth would you go about drug testing an ex-Beatle? How would you tell such a person to pee into a cup?

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6 September 2013
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"Stupid question, but I'd want to know how does it feel to be Paul McCartney? Does he wake up every day thinking about how fabulous he is, or does he still feel like a regular man? "

In some interview long ago, I think back in the early 80s, he said something like (to paraphrase):  "You know, I'm just a normal bloke like anyone else -- the only strange thing about me is that I'm 'Paul McCartney'..."

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6 September 2013
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Funny Paper said
"Stupid question, but I'd want to know how does it feel to be Paul McCartney? Does he wake up every day thinking about how fabulous he is, or does he still feel like a regular man? "

In some interview long ago, I think back in the early 80s, he said something like (to paraphrase):  "You know, I'm just a normal bloke like anyone else -- the only strange thing about me is that I'm 'Paul McCartney'..."

I just can't imagine (or don't want to imagine) that he wakes up real smug every morning and the first thing he says is "Hey, look at me world, I'm Paul McCartney, a Beatles god". I think he probably says something like, "Hey, man, where's my toothbrush?" The reasons I think about this: "Smile Away", the interview he did with the Daily Mail about being in the Japanese prison (he mentions getting to clean his teeth twice), and this picture:

6 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said

Can I get a loan of few million, please?

Thought about that one, but I'd never be able to repay. My financial savvy isn't what his is. He is a good business man.

I was hoping not having to pay it back as Paul had so much cash. One of those loans, like when people ask to borrow a cup of sugar or 10p.

 How on earth would you go about drug testing an ex-Beatle? How would you tell such a person to pee into a cup?

Yeah, a few million to each of us wouldn't make a dent in his bank account. HE can afford the "author's cut" of the new Lewisohn book.

Don't ask me to be the one to hand him the cup and give him directions of what to do and where to leave the cup. Not. Me. No. Way.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I can't remember when or where, probably sometimes '80s, but I remember him talking about how strange it was when one of the kids came home and told him they'd been doing him in History that day.

Can you imagine how that must have been for the teacher?! "I don't care what it says in the book! I've heard that story a thousand times and the book is wrong!"

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