Paul McCartney's song writing psychiatry

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 September 2013
Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney believes song writing acts as his psychiatrist and writing new material has helped him through dark times in his life

Sir Paul McCartney believes song writing acts as a psychiatrist.

The 71-year-old icon admits some of his most successful tracks, such as 'Yesterday' and 'Got To Get You Into My Life', have been penned during particularly emotional times, as writing lyrics allows him to release the "demon" inside him.

He said: "I think it's good when you're in a dark period, the good is [the song's] your psychiatrist, it's your therapy, and you know we have many tales - anyone who writes has.

"Going away when you're really upset about something and putting in your song - you come out of that cupboard, toilet or basement and go, 'I really feel better'. You've actually exorcised the demon. So it's one of the great joys of song writing."

The former The Beatles musician says he lives for the rush he gets after he's written a good song, because it allows him to deal with negative emotions and see things in a different light.

He explained to Mojo magazine: "It's like writing your dream out or something, and it's a physical effect where you come back out and you've created magic again, pulling the rabbit out of the hat 'Where did that come from?' Wahey! It's a great feeling."

Paul McCartney

Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings, classical composer, poet, artist, animal rights activist, writer of silly love songs – Paul McCartney'll be a name familiar to your brain. Settle back for an evening of classic hits and a few more recent ones thrown in for good measure. It's cool – he'll probably play 'Hey Jude'. Get practicing your…

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