In celebration of Paul McCartney's 69th birthday on June 18, let's take a look at some of his greatest lines from his time with The Beatles. So, without further ado, here is Ultimate Classic Rock's list of the Top Paul McCartney Beatles Lyrics:


5) 'The Fool on the Hill'

 “The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud”

McCartney says 'The Fool on the Hill' was inspired in part by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles in the late 60s. Macca felt the spiritual leader was misunderstood, and that the song describes someone who isn't taken seriously.

4) 'Let It Be'

“And in my hour of darkness, she is standing right in front of me”

'Let It Be' was inspired by a dream he had about his mother, who passed away from cancer when he was 14. She visited him in a dream when he was in the Beatles, and she inspired the song's “Mother Mary” reference.

3) 'Blackbird'

“Take these broken wings and learn to fly”

McCartney has explained in recent interviews that he wrote 'Blackbird' as a metaphor about the civil rights struggle in America during the late '60s. He divulged that the line “Take these broken wings and learn to fly” was symbolic of the obstacles that black people had to overcome at the time.

2) 'Hey Jude'

“It's a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder”

Macca wrote 'Hey Jude,' which he originally titled 'Hey Jules,' for John Lennon's son Julian when his parents were going through a divorce. The song has several memorable lines, but the lyric “It's a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder” is a clever way of telling someone not to shut people out during difficult times.

1) 'The End'

“The love you take is equal to the love you make”

As the climax of the multi-song medley that takes up most of Side 2 of 'Abbey Road,' the tune 'The End' contains very few words, but its last line is perhaps McCartney's most thought-provoking lyric. Inspired by the prose of WIlliam Shakespeare, Macca wrote “The love you take is equal to the love you make,” a compelling line that closes out the last song the Beatles ever recorded.

Read the full list from Ultimate Classic Rock.

What is your favorite Beatles song lyric by Paul McCartney?