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‘You Want Her Too’ is the third song on Paul McCartney’s eighth solo album Flowers In The Dirt.

The song was written by McCartney and Elvis Costello. Although one of four songs co-written by the pair, it is their only duet on the album. See more…

That was from the Elvis batch. He’s a great guy to work with, very focused. When you’re working with someone – instead of just sitting around and thinking, ‘Oh, what are we going to do?’ – it’s nice when someone comes up with something and you get a kickstart. Elvis was good at that. He would come up and we’d talk stories about his Auntie Irene and various relatives of his and mine growing up in Liverpool. This song came out of that. It’s got sort of a sea-shanty feel. We didn’t take long to write them, they just kind of fell out.

We both love the art of songwriting, we’re still intrigued by it. Little things like having a cynical answer to a line – that’s the kind of thing I did a long time ago, like in ‘Getting Better’ where I sing, ‘It’s getting better all the time,’ and John sings, ‘It couldn’t get much worse.’ Otherwise you’re just writing a song straightforward. That’s good too, but it’s kind of nice to have little things that bounce off each other, that yin-yang thing.

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