Paul McCartney to Reveal Never-Before-Seen Beatles Lyrics in Upcoming Book

The "Tell Me Who He Is" lyrics were unearthed from a notebook believed to date back to the early 1960s

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Paul McCartney, photo courtesy of the artist

    Paul McCartney has revealed the 154 songs detailed in his career-spanning book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, due out November 2nd. Check out the full list below.

    One highlight from the two-volume collection is the handwritten lyrics to an unrecorded Beatles song, “Tell Me Who He Is.” The never-before-seen lyrics were unearthed from a notebook believed to date back to the early 1960s.

    The Lyrics includes songs from McCartney’s solo work and years in the Beatles and Wings, such as “Blackbird,” “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude,” “Band on the Run” and “Yesterday.” The collection contains handwritten lyrics alongside previously unpublished photos, drafts, and drawings. Each song features commentary by McCartney about his creative process.


    In the anthology’s foreword, McCartney explained why he decided to share his lyrics notebooks. He wrote,

    “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.”

    As revealed when The Lyrics was first announced in February, McCartney collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon over a five-year period to bring the book to life. In a statement, Muldoon surmised “these commentaries are as close to an autobiography as we may ever come.”

    To accompany the book’s release, the British Library will host a free display titled Paul McCartney: The Lyrics from November 5th, 2021 through March 13th, 2022. It will feature previously unseen lyrics from McCartney’s personal archive, as well as  photographs spanning his career.


    Pre-orders for The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present are ongoing. Check out the trailer below, followed by the full list of songs included in the book.

    Songs included in The Lyrics:
    Volume 1:
    All My Loving
    And I Love Her
    Another Day
    Arrow Through Me
    Average Person
    Back in the U.S.S.R
    Band on the Run
    Café on the Left Bank
    Calico Skies
    Can’t Buy Me Love
    Carry That Weight
    Check My Machine
    Come and Get It
    Coming Up
    Cook of the House
    Country Dreamer
    A Day in the Life
    Dear Friend
    Despite Repeated Warnings
    Do It Now
    Dress Me Up as a Robber
    Drive My Car
    Eat at Home
    Ebony and Ivory
    Eight Days a Week
    Eleanor Rigby
    The End
    Fixing a Hole
    The Fool on the Hill
    For No One
    From Me to You
    Get Back
    Getting Closer
    Ghosts of the Past Left Behind
    Girls’ School
    Give Ireland Back to the Irish
    Golden Earth Girl
    Golden Slumbers
    Good Day Sunshine
    Got to Get You Into My Life
    Great Day
    A Hard Day’s Night
    Helen Wheels
    Helter Skelter
    Her Majesty
    Here, There and Everywhere
    Here Today
    Hey Jude
    Hi, Hi, Hi
    Honey Pie
    Hope of Deliverance
    House of Wax
    I Don’t Know
    I Lost My Little Girl
    I Saw Her Standing There
    I Wanna Be Your Man
    I Want to Hold Your Hand
    I Will
    I’ll Follow the Sun
    I’ll Get You
    I’m Carrying
    I’m Down
    In Spite of All the Danger
    I’ve Got a Feeling
    Jenny Wren
    Junior’s Farm
    The Kiss of Venus
    Lady Madonna
    Let Em In
    Let It Be
    Let Me Roll It
    Live and Let Die
    London Town
    The Long and Winding Road
    Love Me Do
    Lovely Rita

    Volume 2:
    Magneto and Titanium Man
    Martha My Dear
    Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
    Maybe I’m Amazed
    Mother Nature’s Son
    Mrs. Vandebilt
    Mull of Kintyre
    My Love
    My Valentine
    Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
    No More Lonely Nights
    The Note You Never Wrote
    Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight
    Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    Oh Woman, Oh Why
    Old Siam, Sir
    On My Way to Work
    Once Upon a Long Ago
    Only Mama Knows
    The Other Me
    Paperback Writer
    Penny Lane
    Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)
    Pipes of Peace
    Please Please Me
    Pretty Boys
    Pretty Little Head
    Put It There
    Rocky Raccoon
    San Ferry Anne
    Say Say Say
    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
    She Loves You
    She’s a Woman
    She’s Given Up Talking
    She’s Leaving Home
    Silly Love Songs
    Simple as That
    Single Pigeon
    Spirits of Ancient Egypt
    Teddy Boy
    Tell Me Who He Is
    Temporary Secretary
    Things We Said Today
    Ticket to Ride
    Too Many People
    Too Much Rain
    Tug of War
    Two of Us
    Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
    Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Venus and Mars – Reprise
    Warm and Beautiful
    We All Stand Together
    We Can Work It Out
    We Got Married
    When I’m Sixty-Four
    When Winter Comes
    Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
    With a Little Help From My Friends
    Women and Wives
    The World Tonight
    The World You’re Coming Into
    Yellow Submarine
    You Never Give Me Your Money
    You Tell Me
    Your Mother Should Know


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