Paul McCartney Begins 'A Life In Lyrics' Podcast

5 October 2023 | 9:36 am | Mary Varvaris

The first episode finds McCartney breaking down the Beatles classic 'Eleanor Rigby'.

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Yesterday, the first episode from Paul McCartney’s new podcast, A Life In Lyrics, premiered on streaming services and Pushkin+. New episodes will air weekly, but if you want to hear all twelve episodes ASAP, you can subscribe to Pushkin+ on Apple Podcasts.

The first episode of A Life In Lyrics is based on the Beatles classic, Eleanor Rigby, and finds McCartney breaking down the lyrics and the subconscious stumbling upon the song title.

A Life In Lyrics also stars McCartney in conversation with poet Paul Muldoon, who collaborated with the musician on his 2021 bestselling book, The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present.

As well as Eleanor Rigby, the first season of A Life In Lyrics will explore the background behind Back In The U.S.S.R, Let It Be, Penny Lane, Live And Let Die, Helter Skelter, and more. Season two will arrive in February 2024, with McCartney and Muldoon lifting the curtain behind another twelve songs written by McCartney.

You can listen to the first episode of A Life In Lyrics below.

“There is a grave which John and I wandered around endlessly talking about our future,” McCartney said during the podcast. “And there is a grave there [with the name Eleanor Rigby]. I don’t remember ever having seen that gravestone, but it’s been suggested to me that psychologically, I would have seen it.”

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Discussing his love for songwriting later in the episode, McCartney added, “Oh my God, I wanted to become a person who wrote songs, and I wanted to be someone whose life was in music.”

Throughout this month and November, Paul McCartney will return to Australia for the first time since 2017.

McCartney begins his Got Back tour with an intimate gig at Adelaide Entertainment Centre. McCartney will then head to stadiums in Melbourne and Newcastle, followed by two nights in Sydney, then heads to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing in Newcastle and the Gold Coast for the first time.

Tickets to Paul McCartney’s Got Back Australian tour are on sale now via Frontier Touring.



Wednesday 18 October – Adelaide Entertainment Centre | Adelaide, SA – SOLD OUT

Saturday 21 October – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, VIC – SOLD OUT

Tuesday 24 October – McDonald Jones Stadium | Newcastle, NSW

Friday 27 October – Allianz Stadium | Sydney, NSW

Saturday 28 October – Allianz Stadium | Sydney, NSW - NEW SHOW

Wednesday 1 November – Suncorp Stadium | Brisbane, QLD

Saturday 4 November – Heritage Bank Stadium | Gold Coast, QLD*

*Proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast