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andy-hughes | 19:51 Sun 17th Oct 2021 | Music
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There is a fascinating piece in today's ST Magazine about Paul McCartney's new book, in which he discusses his lyrics through the years, and the ST prints a section of lyrics by each part.

One of the songs is Dear Friend, from the Wildlife album, a favourite album and song of mine.

I noticed that the ST printed the line "Dear friend, throw the wine ..." and I had always heard it as THROUGH the wine, which to my ears, makes sense, rather than 'throw the wine'.

I listened again, and in my view, Paul slightly slurs the word, it does sound like 'throw' - but I don;t think that makes sense, but 'through the wine' does make sense.

I have attached the song - the line comes in after 38 seconds - do let me know what you think.



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This is a a mondegreen isnt it
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Looks like I am in error.

I didn;t think the ST would make an mistake with lyrics.

But I still prefer to hear it as I have always heard it, I like my meaning better.

Next week - I will explain the meaning behind 'The House Of The Rising Sun' lyrics, where the singer's mum was nasty enough to sell his new blue jeans.

(Kidding!!!!)
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Mamya - // I hear throw, //

So do I, now, but of course when I bought this album, we didn;t have access to t'internet to check such things.
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I hear (and have always heard) "throw the wine".
Definitely 'throw'. Paul's attempt to end the tit-for-tat sniping between him and John in their lyrics - Teddy Boy, How Do You Sleep etc.
In the house of the Rising sun I alway thought they said "...one foot on the black one" - only recently did I realise it's "..one foot on the platform"!
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I have to say - and regulars will know where I am coming from on this - I am delighted that no-one has referred to our greatest living songwriter as 'Ex-Beatle'.

As regulars know, such behaviour brings a personal visit, and the results are rarely pleasant!!
...and I could have sworn Joan Armatrading sang:
"Drop the pilot, try marmalade"!
they used to have a spot on Radio 1 or 2 in the eighties called "twisted Lyrics" - some crackers on that!
I'm curious about what will happen to me!! I really don't see Paul McCartney as a really good songwriter or a brilliant musician. To me he is a just an EX BEATLE. You may or may not remember our argument years ago about him! ;o)
I always wondered why Thunderclap Newman were singing 'the red balloon is here' in their hit song, 'Something in the Air'.

Like Lottie, I too think of Paul McCartney as an ex-Beatle. At the very least he should have stopped singing years ago.
Like Lottie, I too think of Paul McCartney as an ex-Beatle. At the very least he should have stopped singing years ago.

But he did Naomi. You can't call what he does now as 'singing'. The unassuming George to me will always remain the best.
Andy, can you explain why PM is not an ex-Beatle?
George for me too, Lottie. Corrr .... not half! :o)
Throw the wine -as in give it up? Its about his relationship with John Lennon isn't it?
I'm with Lottie and Naomi here. The fact I can't stand the bloke and never could doesn't help.

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