Macca’s back pages: chapter 6

The final one from David Pascoe:

Exhibit F: Simple As That
AKA: Macca says Just Say No

Two quick ones to finish with (but if you’re very unlucky there may be a part 2).

This track was included on an anti-heroin album. It’s fairly bog-standard anti-drug material, but it includes perhaps the definitive line that sums up the spirit that runs through most of McCartney’s work. For those who have ears, let them hear.
“Would you rather be alive or dead?”

In the course of researching this article, I heard plenty of McCartney cover versions too. Here’s a quick example of Getting Paul McCartney Wrong. In the meantime, back to those Press to Play out-takes…

Full marks for including the original’s “Shooby-dooby-dowa”s, but where’s the autoharp at the end?


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