Paul McCartney’s The End of the End

by M-Berens
Paul McCartney wrote The End of the End as his funeral song

Paul McCartney wrote “The End of the End” to let people know how he wanted people to remember him at his funeral

“I remember once an Irish woman wished me well by saying, ‘I wish you a good death’ and I said, ‘Say what?’ I thought about it later and actually it’s a great thing to wish someone. I thought, ‘Well, what would I like?’ And so Paul McCartney decided to write a song about how he would like to celebrate his own life.

McCartney is a musical icon first known as a member of The Beatles and then as a solo artist who, now 71, is still touring to sold out audiences around the world. Death is no stranger to McCartney whose mother died when he was 14 and his father 20 years later followed by the deaths of fellow Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison and his beloved wife Linda Eastman’s death in 1983.

The End of the End is on McCartney’s Memory Almost Full album that was released in 2007. He wrote the song while playing his father Jim’s piano. It’s a beautifully simple song recorded in three takes with only his voice as he’s playing the famous Lady Madonna piano at the Abbey Road studio. In an Interview with the A.V. Club in New York City  McCartney said of the song, “It’s taken from the Irish idea of a wake. They don’t get morbid. They all just say, ‘Ah, he’s a great fellow. You want another drink?’ And they tell each other jokes and things. And coming from Liverpool, which we sometimes describe as the capital of Ireland, I’ve always enjoyed that idea.”

“It’d be kind of good for people to … celebrate your life rather than sit around moaning. It’s something I don’t really think about too much. I’m too busy living. I just enjoy what I do and get on with it.”

 

The End of the End

At the end of the end
It’s the start of a journey to a much better place
And this wasn’t bad
So a much better place would have to be special
No need to be sad

On the day that I die, I’d like jokes to be told
And stories of old to be rolled out like carpets
That children have played on and laid on
While listening to stories of old

At the end of the end
It’s the start of a journey to a much better place
And a much better place would have to be special
No reason to cry

On the day that I die, I’d like bells to be rung
And songs that were sung to be hung out like blankets
That lovers have played on and laid on
While listening to songs that were sung

At the end of the end
It’s the start of a journey to a much better place
And a much better place would have to be special
No reason to cry, no need to be sad

At the end of the end

You can purchase “The End of the End” on iTunes.

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