Monday, February 27, 2012
Uncle Albert - Video
This video is taken from Paul's 1973 TV special. The tone changes halfway through because that's when the special cut off, the rest was filled in by a fan.
I don't think anybody really knows what this song is about, despite its magnificence (it went to no. 1 in 1971, his first post-Beatles chart topper). My interpretation is that it is a meditation on British/American unity, as embodied by Paul's Uncle Albert serving in the Pacific during World War II. Paul has confirmed that the Admiral Halsey in the song is, indeed, the famous World War II figure. One can read more WWII references into the lyrics if one wishes, but I think the "Hands across the water, hands across the sky" metaphor pretty much speaks for itself.