Sunday, April 15, 2012

Man We Was Lonely


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"Man We Was Lonely" is an album track from Paul McCartney's first solo album, "McCartney." Paul took a lot of criticism about his 1970 first solo album, "McCartney," but who wouldn't if they were being compared to the Beatles? George Harrison and John Lennon were all too quick to criticize "McCartney." However, "Man We Was Lonely" was a fine song.

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"Man We Was Lonely" is better appreciated now, I think. Paul is in fine voice, he's not trying to prove anything and is simply being mellow, and Linda chips in some nice backing vocals. This is Paul being homespun and simple, something that John (into social issues) and George (into his own spirituality) couldn't appreciate at that time.

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Paul had this to say at the time:
The chorus ("Man We Was Lonely") was written in bed at home, shortly before we finished recording the album. The middle ("I used to ride...") was done one lunchtime in a great hurry, as we were due to record the song that afternoon. Linda sings harmony on this song, which is our first duet together. The steel-guitar sound is my Telecaster played with a drum peg.
Linda does make a fine contribution, her first.

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This sounds like it could have fit in nicely on the White Album, next to "Rocky Raccoon," "Bungalow Bill," "Martha My Dear," "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and pretty much everything else on it. It has a folksy feel that also complements Paul's later "Monkberry Moon Delight." Comparing anyone's first effort, even Paul McCartney's, on his own to another act's culminating masterpiece "Abbey Road" was completely ridiculous and petty at the time and still is.

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