“My mother was very reassuring and, as so many women often are, it was also her who supported our family. She kept us morale high.
📢 Paul McCartney: The lyrics open today! Our exhibition of lyrics and photographs behind the most famous songs of all time is free for everyone to visit in our lobby, no need to book: https://t.co/6ybEI7Mv3P
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– The British Library (@britishlibrary) November 5, 2021
His father in particular was the inspiration for his 1990 solo single “Put It There”, whose original artwork for the single is included in the exhibit, alongside a collection of photographs taken by his family, including the one of him writing the song ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ with John Lennon at his home on Forthlin Road in Liverpool.
“He liked playing with words, juggling them in his head, and he had a lot of little sayings that were sometimes absurd, sometimes functional, but always quite lyrical,” said McCartney.
“When he shook your hand, he would say, ‘Put it there if it weighs a ton.’ “
The free exhibit, which launched today (November 5) and runs through March 2022, features 35 previously unseen items from the singer’s personal collection and his own quotes about them.
Words, which came out earlier this week, was recently shortlisted for this year’s Waterstones Book Of The Year award.
The winner will be announced on December 21.
Meanwhile, McCartney recently performed The Beatles’ “Get Back” with Foo Fighters at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony earlier this week.
Dave Grohl and co. were among a number of acts inducted into the legendary Hall of Fame list of names this year at the ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.