Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fixing A Hole


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Paul McCartney's original version of "Fixing A Hole" is on the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album, of course. McCartney rarely does "Fixing A Hole" anymore, but it has soaring vocals that made it one of the very best songs on that classic album.

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"Fixing A Hole" is one of the many Beatles songs that people try to read drug references into. Paul has said:
People have told me that Fixing A Hole is all about junk, you know, this guy, sitting there fixing a hole in his arm. If you’re a junkie sitting in a room fixing a hole then that’s what it will mean to you, but when I wrote it I meant if there’s a crack or the room is uncolorful, then I’ll paint it.
Paul denies that it was about anything specific:
It was much later that I ever got round to fixing the roof on the Scottish farm; I never did any of that until I met Linda. People just make it up! They know I've got a farm, they know it has a roof, they know I might be given to handyman tendencies so it's a very small leap for mankind... to make up the rest of the story.
However, not so fast; all that doesn't mean that it didn't have to do with anything:
It was the idea of me being on my own now, able to do what I want. If I want I'll paint the room in a colorful way... I was living now pretty much on my own in Cavendish Avenue, and enjoying my freedom and my new house and the salon-ness of it all. It's pretty much my song, as I recall. I like the double meaning of 'If I'm wrong I'm right where I belong'.
So, if you want to believe that it is about drugs or some home renovation and that is how you enjoy the song, go ahead and think that. According to Paul, though, that's not what he had in mind. Instead, it is about fixing himself and accepting his own imperfections that he can fix if he can.


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