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"You Bring The Party Down" about Paul?
31 May 2015
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Just listened to "Postcards From Paradise" for the 1st time, and seemed to me that the song "You Bring The Party Down" may be about Paul McCartney .
What do you think?

Lyrics:

I woke up this morning and opened up my eyes
I made myself some coffee and then I realized
Some people are good, some people are bad
Some people are crazy and some are still so sad
When you're in town you bring the party down

The times are changing but you don't understand
Still living off your memories when you were in the band
You're loaded up on this you're loaded up on that
Your mind is just so twisted you don't know where you're at
When you make that sound you bring the party down

I tried to help you time and time again
I thought you'd listen to me your dear old friend
I tried my best I did what I can
You never listened you just don't understand
When you're around you bring the party down

I tried my best I did what I can
You never listened you just don't understand
When you're around you bring the party down
When you're around you bring the party down

31 May 2015
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well it's certainly about someone and hard not to believe it's about Paul - just very unlike the Ringo of old

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31 May 2015
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While agreeing it's certainly seems to be about someone, I don't think it's Paul.

There's two reasons I dismiss that idea.

Firstly, there have been no public hints that there have been any problems between Ringo and Paul recently, nor a lot of history of such beyond short-term fall-outs (usually over business issues). With their relationship so focused on, as the only surviving Beatles, were there tensions between the two it would be surprising if they haven't leaked. Ringo doesn't seem to have had the same problematic relationship with Paul as George had. Or else it's been extremely well concealed as the two always appear great friends.

Secondly, the reference to the subject being "loaded up on this... loaded up on that" sounds to me as if Ringo is referring to someone who indulges too much (drink, drugs). Paul now claims to be drug-free, and - while not a teetotaller - there haven't been any stories of Paul being a problem drinker in the way Ringo once was, not even during Paul's divorce from the one-legged one (and she certainly brought up his marijuana use during that).

Living in LA, and with his rotating live All-Starr Band (made up of musicians who no longer enjoy the level of success they did in their youth), I would suggest there are many suspects the song could be about... but Paul wouldn't be high on my list.

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31 May 2015
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i tend to agree with @Ron Nasty. Also, if it was about Paul, then it would very much be a pot-kettle thing, as Ringo himself relies heavily on his Beatle fame. More so than Paul, I daresay. But yeah, I'm inclined to think it's about a former All-Starr or something like that.

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31 May 2015
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Maybe its about himself, the times when he was wasted and how he couldnt help himself.

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31 May 2015
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Yeah, that's what it seems like to me too, a look back at his partying daze. The part about waking up and making coffee seems like it would be hangover-related. Of course, the way he switches from "I" to "you" throughout makes it ambiguous. 

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1 June 2015
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Paul wouldn't have been the subject of that song……..They don't need to fall out now…..they only have each other that goes back that far……..The last of the two standing will feel so alone.

 

Anyway here's Bongo I mean Ringo's own explanation 

 

Ringo explained what he meant in the song by saying,
“It’s actually a general expression. We [Ringo and songwriter Steve Lukather] were just talking in general about how many people we still bump into that live in that other life, you know the ‘I’m gonna get it together next week, man’, and they never do, and I was one of them for many years and now I’m getting it together, but that’s what the whole song is about.”
But Ringo isn’t just talking about his former self in the song. He’s also talking about the musicians he has met over the years.
“And a lot of people, because we’re musicians, we bump into used to be in bands. ‘We’re gonna put the band back together man, yeah!’ and they never do that either, so it’s a generalization of people that we’d love would get well and put the band together, but I’m afraid no matter what we say, they’re all rocking out there in that other life we’ve all led.”

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If it were about Paul, it would be more like John in his 'How Do You Sleep' funk mood than Ringo. Also what JPM-Fangirl said abut pots and kettles. 

I would say it's not about Paul. 

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