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Paul McCartney’s Magnificent “Queenie Eye”

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It’s enough to make me consider vegetarianism.

Paul, Sir Paul, Macca, that Beatle guy, that Wings guy, that 71 year old guy who’s drunk from some fountain of youth or maybe it's just the greens and herb but the salient point is he never stops and never stops creating even in chaos or stumbling through tangled heather and it’s just always about music and more music coming out and now out comes the best new Beatles song since somewhere around the time of Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour, “Queenie Eye.” (click to hear song)

It’s taking the top off my head off right about now. I’ll admit it took a few listens but it’s doing it righteously, like a few deep tokes that slowly grab solidly onto your synapses and don't let go.

Beginning with an organ intro faintly reminiscent of "Fool of the Hill," “Queenie Eye” suddenly comes roaring out of the gate on Paul’s propulsive bass, a repeating on the one (1-2-3-4) piano chord and a torrent of lyrics following fast and furious.

(Apparently Queenie Eye was a game he played as kid, where someone stood with a ball, back to the rest of the players, threw the ball overhead, one player caught it and held it behind the back. All the rest held their hands behind them, pretending they held the ball, one actually did, and there was a sing-song - Queenie Eye, Queenie eye, who’s got the ball.)

This rocks like the rockingest young band out there, (props to the drummer here) like that band Paul was in, hints of “Walrus” on the descending chord structure on the chorus, but this is no copy of anything, that’s the truly amazing thing, because today you hear bands all working hard as hell to refine or change or finesse or tweak a variation on some formula, and this song came out of a place where there’s no formulas allowed. This song came out of a place they call creation.

The lyrics are refreshingly hard and cutting for Paul, not that he hasn’t had cutting lyrics before, but in the shadow of John, his edges always seemed softer than they were. Here they cut sharp, all through. Some references to a recent nasty breakup and divorce, what with wicked witches fanning flames? The song is about surviving the game, life, playing it and going on.

Then there’s this fantastic trippy surreal little break with underwater sounds, and his voice so sweetly vulnerable but knowing… I wish it lasted twice as long… it might be the section that was cut for the radio edit, which is the song version linked here.. then it segues into a yeah-hey back and forth shout, and a long downward scream… stuff going on in the background… this is as Beatles as the Beatles.

A catchy tune, I give it an A.

As in BeAtles and PAul.

PS - Paul Sir Macca… I bow to the forever young soul in you, and the forever young soul in rock and roll, and to the forever young soul in myself, that can still get as excited as this, after all these years.

Queenie Eye
(please feel free to correct lyrics)

there were rules you never told me
never came up with a plan
all the stories that you sold me
didn’t help me understand

but I had to get it worked out
had nobody who could help
so then in the end it turned out
that I had to do it
by myself…

that's the game of rags to riches
dogs and bitches hunt for fame
until you think you know which way to turn

make the day all the switches, wicked witches fan the flame
careful what you touch in case you burn

Queenie eye queenie eye who’s got the ball
I haven’t got it, it isn’t in my pocket
O-U-T spells out
that’s out
without a shadow of a doubt
she was putting it about
hear the people shout
hear the people shout

play the game, taking chances
every dance is much the same
doesn’t matter which event you choose

never blame the circumstances,
with romances seldom came, ?
never pick a fight you’re gonna lose

Queenie eye queenie eye who’s got the ball
I haven’t got it, it isn’t in my pocket
O-U-T spells out
that’s out
without a shadow of a doubt
she was putting about
hear the people shout
hear the people shout

it’s long way, to the finish
when you’ve never been before
I was nervous, but I did it
now I’m going back for more

eyyy, yeah eyyyy yeah yeah
eyyy, yeah eyyyy yeah yeah
here the people shout
eyyy, yeah eyyyy yeah yeah

Queenie eye queenie eye who’s got the ball
I haven’t got it, it isn’t in my pocket
O-U-T spells out
that’s out
without a shadow of a doubt
she was putting it about
hear the people shout
hear the people shout