Written by: McCartney
Producer: Paul McCartney
Released: 18 December 2020
Paul McCartney: vocals, all instruments
It’s about male models. I’d read an article about a group of male models who were suing one or two photographers because they’d been abused and humiliated by them.
Some of the photographers they were talking about I knew. Now, I didn’t actually know what they got up to in those particular sessions, but because I’d been photographed by them, I did know that the modus operandi of these photographers was to say, ‘Come on, baby. Come on, give it to me. Come on, fuck me. Oh, show me that tit…’
In other words, they tended to be extremely vulgar. It used to come with the territory… That’s why I wondered whether some of these models just didn’t understand the murky territory they’d entered. It may also be that the photographers went further and touched the models inappropriately. That I don’t know, but this song is fictional, and I was imagining the models getting upset simply because of the vulgar attitude that these photographers had.
The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present
I was walking along the street in New York, I saw a big line of bicycles and I thought ok well that’s a nice idea, ‘a line of bicycles for hire…’ So the idea is about male models being for hire #TimsTwitterListeningParty #McCartneyIII
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) December 21, 2020
It always starts from the song. That’s kind of how some of this started. When he did ‘Pretty Boys’, he sat down and said ‘I’ve got this really nice little thing I’ve been working on’. It was a riff that he’s had going for ages, I recognised it from way back when he started playing it. He just sat down with an acoustic and knocked out the vocal and the acoustic at the same time. Then it just developed.