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7 September 2018
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Back In Brazil is the eleventh track on Egypt Station, Paul McCartney ‘s 17th solo studio album.

So I was in Brazil on tour. We had one of those nice free days where there is nothing planned. And I had a piano in the room, of the hotel room. So I got this little riff, and got this idea of: back in Brazil, there was this girl who dreams of a future, a far, far better world. She meets a man, he fits in with her plan.

So it’s a story about a couple, and trials and tribulations. Things are going well and she plans a date, but he can’t come ’cause they’ve got him working late.

And so it was just an imaginary story of two young Brazilian people. And it’s kind of dancey, so I wanted to put Brazilian rhythms to it and get the flavour.

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19 September 2018
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Paul has released the Back in Brazil video. Make sure you turn on the captioning.

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19 September 2018
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I think it’s a clever video.

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30 September 2018
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A “You Gave Me The Answer” Q&A that is interesting.

PMc.com: Why did you use the Japanese word “Ichiban” in ‘Back In Brazil’?

Paul: Well, I originally blocked in that little phrase with ‘hechibam, hechibam’ thinking that later – when I went to Brazil – someone would say ‘Oh, that’s very similar to * a proper Brazilian word * ‘ I was getting a massage in Brazil – and it happened to be by a Japanese lady – and somehow the word ‘Ichiban’ came up in conversation. I said, ‘That’s Japanese, isn’t it?’ and she said,’Yeah it is! It means great, fabulous, number one!’

I thought,’Oh wow, that’s it! That’s the word! And the rationale for it was that the largest population of Japanese people – outside Japan – is in Brazil. So I said to her, ‘Have you got a group of mates that could sing, who could help? I’d like to just record that word ‘Ichiban’!’ She said, ‘Yeah, I could probably …’ So I asked,’Do you think they could come to a studio tomorrow?’ as I was about leave the country. She said,’Sure, I think I can get some people together!’ So I said, ‘About 6 o’clock or something?’ as I was due to leave at around 8 o’clock. She said,’No, no, they’ll still be working.’ So I asked ‘7 o’clock?’ and she said, ‘Yeah!’ So I organised a little studio on the way out to the airport, and managed to arrange for her friends to come! So, I came in and told them what I wanted to do, and we had a lot of fun! It only took about half an hour or so, and I got them to shout ‘Ichiban! Ichiban!’ and we had to try and get it in time, and accurate. But that’s what happened – crazy story! But that is how the Japanese word ‘Ichiban’ happens to be in ‘Back In Brazil’!

Sometimes I think of the Brazilian couple in this song as the new Desmond and Molly Jones.

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Sometimes I think of the Brazilian couple in this song as the new Desmond and Molly Jones.  

That’s exactly what I thought when I heard it. john-lennon-salute_gif

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Desmond says to Molly, “Girl, I like your face.” (man’s words)

In Back in Brazil: “He’s tall and handsome / And he fits in with her plan” (woman’s words)

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