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27 July 2023
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‘So Bad’ is the fifth song on Paul McCartney’s fourth solo album Pipes Of Peace. See more…

It was a little melody I had and I started writing words. They seemed to be very simple and very corny but they seemed to fit. There was no way I could make them more grammatical – ‘Girl I love you so bad-ly’ – it had to be ‘Girl I love you so bad’.

I started singing it at home with the kids and Linda, and ‘Girl I love you so bad’ was fine for everyone except James, who would have been about four and a half, and I felt I was leaving him out. So just for him I sang ‘Boy I love you so bad’ and he would go all shy and it was lovely. Then I worked it into the song as ‘And she said Boy I love you so bad.’

It’s just a very simple love song which is overtly sentimental. Sometimes you have to write that way because you love it. You can relate to it when you’ve been through the mill and you’ve got a nice partner. Maybe it means more than it does to a lad of eighteen

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When I was a young kid growing up ‘Pipes Of Peace ‘ was possibly the only Paul single we had (maybe ‘Mull Of Kintyre ‘ was there) and therefore ‘So Bad’ got played a hell of a lot. Probably for that reason it remains a favourite of mine, even if it hasn’t aged that well.

I do love the theme of the song and the lyrics resonate a lot with me.

“There is a pain inside my heart
You mean so much to me
Girl, I love you
Girl, I love you so bad
And if you leave, my pain will go
But that’s no good to me
Girl, I love you
Yes, I love you so bad”
There is also a stripped version, probably extracted from the ‘McCartney Years’ DVD, which is pretty cool – it’s not the same as the Paul only version which is on YouTube.
Posting elsewhere on here has reminded me that Paul remade this track in 1984, something I had deliberately removed from my life for about 20 years. My word it’s awful, and yet not the worst piece of garbage on the ‘Broad Street’ album. Well done Paul for that.

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